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Sun Joe TJ600E Tiller Joe Garden 14-Inch 6.5 amp Electric Tiller/Cultivator
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- Ideal for small to mid-sized gardens and flowerbeds
- Powerful 6.5-amp motor cultivates up to 14" wide x 7" deep
- 4 steel tilling blades for maximum durability and performance
- No gas, oil or tune-ups make it effortless to start and maintain
- ETL approved; Full 2-year warranty
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Snow Joe + Sun Joe
Snow Joe + Sun Joe specialize in developing innovative outdoor tools to keep your home looking beautiful throughout the year, whether the snow is falling or the sun is shining. Our expansive line of outdoor power equipment, which includes manual, cordless, and electric tools such as lawn mowers, trimmers, tillers, and snow blowers, aims to simplify your yard routine to make it quick and easy to get your outdoor chores done.
We focus on designing high quality outdoor tools that are affordable, because we believe that high craftsmanship does not have to come with outrageous prices. Browse our product selection, including our lawn mowers, trimmers, hedgers, snow blowers, tillers, and cultivators, to see how Snow Joe + Sun Joe make it easy to Get equipped with the right tools to tackle everyday household chores.
The Dirty Little Secret of Great Gardens
Let's break ground:
Ideal for starting a new garden or recovering an old lawn, the Sun Joe Tiller Joe TJ600E electric tiller/cultivator combines the performance of a gas-powered machine with the convenience of an electric powered tool.
Power and Performance:
Tiller Joe is lightweight enough to tote around your lawn, yet stills packs a punch with its powerful 6.5-amp motor. Ideal for tilling small to medium gardens and flower beds, the TJ600E can cultivate 14-inches wide and up to 7-inches deep, Tiller Joe's four steel angled tines efficiently and effortlessly loosen the ground to make planting and dirt removal quick and easy.
Versatile and Easy to Store:
Weighing in at just under 19 pounds, say goodbye to labor-intensive hand tools and unnecessary user strain! The TJ600E features a collapsible handle to fold completely for easy storage. Tiller Joe starts instantly with the push of a button and is completely maintenance free. ETL approved. Full 2-year warranty.
4 Durable Steel Angled Tines
4 steel tilling blades for maximum durability and performance.
Powerful 6.5 Amp Motor
Powerful 6.5-amp motor cultivates up to 14.2" wide x 7.1" deep.
Start your Tiller Joe at the push of a button. With no gas, oil or tune-ups makes it effortless to start and maintain.
|Cultivating width (max)||6.3 in.||14 in.||18 in.||16 in.|
|Cultivating depth (max)||6 in.||7 in.||7.1 in.||8 in.|
|Tines||4 steel tilling blades||4 steel tilling blades||6 steel tilling blades||6 steel tilling blades|
|Motor||2.5 amp||6.5 amp||9 amp||12 amp|
|Weight||10 lbs||19 lbs||28.9 lbs||27.1 lbs|
|Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty||Full 2 Year Warranty|
|Item Dimensions||10.5 x 15.5 x 30 inches|
|Item Weight||23.5 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||22.65 pounds|
From Sun Joe, the Tiller Joe allows you to quickly and easily loosen dirt for effective planting. With a powerful 6-1/2 amp motor and four angled steel blades, it cuts through even the toughest earth. And its electric motor is easy to start, operate, and maintain.
Features a 6-1/2 amp motor for powerful performance. View larger.
Lightweight tiller is easy to push and maneuver. View larger.
The Sun Joe Tiller Joe features four durable steel-blade tines that are angled to loosen tough earth. With each pass, it cultivates a 14-inch (36-centimeter) wide path, and it delivers a 7-inch cultivating depth. Compared with traditional hand-tools, this electric tiller makes both planting and dirt removal tasks significantly easier on your body.
Powerful Motor and Convenient, Low-Maintenance Design
Behind the Tiller Joe's dependable performance is a powerful 6-1/2 amp motor. The tiller's corded electric design means you don't need to worry about dead batteries, running out of gas, or making the right gas-oil mix. In addition, with push-button Instant Start technology, you can trust that this tiller will be ready to go whenever you are--no frustrating, arm-wrenching pull starts required.
Smart, Safe, and Easy to Handle
Featuring a safety switch that prevents accidental start-ups, as well as a pair of oversize, ergonomic handles, the Tiller Joe is designed to keep you both safe and comfortable.
The tiller is well-balanced and weighs just 17 pounds, so it is easy to push and maneuver. And with a unique folding-handle design, it takes up minimal space in your garage, shed, or truck, making storage easy.
The dependable Sun Joe Tiller Joe is ETL inspected and approved, and it is backed by a full two-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Oversized ergonomic handles keep
you comfortable while you work.
Four durable steel-blade tines are
angled to loosen tough earth.
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Lightweight, you can just pick it up and pack it around instead of dragging it
POWERFUL! I wasn't expecting it at all and had a very relaxed grip when I first turned it on, it almost zoomed out of my hands.
Easy Assembly, 2 screws and two bolts with wingnuts, then you just "press in" the cord a couple places where required.
about double the tine span the mantis tillers have, at less than half the price.
Maybe a little too light weight, it didn't till very deep while walking a steady slow pace.
As for the fact that it doesn't till very deep, I believe just re-tilling the area would do the job, which I would have done today but was in a hurry to get my strawberry plants in the ground before they died. I tilled a 10x10 patch of packed down soil, in under 10 minutes with no signs of overheating, so really, it's not a bad machine for people with small to medium gardens (like me!) but I wouldn't recommend it for a large garden.
I was actually going to buy a Mantis tiller too, had the order form filled out and the check ready to go in the mail when I found this Sun Joe tiller, and was nervous to try it, because of the fact that there were no user reviews on any of the sites I researched them on, but decided to take the chance and save a lot of money. No regrets. Keep in mind too, this tiller only costs about as much as it would to rent one for 3 days, not a bad investment.
EDIT: Day Two of tiller use and I like it even more, I started tilling my future vegie patch this morning and worked out the machine's quirks, first off, hold it back, and follow it very slowly, second, definitely retill the soil after the first tilling, it really digs in and tills well the second time, The only thing that stopped me today was when a bunch of synthetic twine that was buried in our back yard completely wrapped up the tines and had to be cut out, the machine stopped itself. After removing the twine I started it up and there had been no damage.
EDIT2: Used the tiller again, and have upgraded my rating from 4 stars to 5. While tilling, a massive chunk of buried concrete about 8x8 inches, by 2.5 inches thick became jammed in between the tines and the motor, and I do mean jammed, the tines had literally dug into the concrete about half an inch. The motor stopped itself, and after 20 minutes of pounding on the concrete from different angles with a mallet it finally wrenched free, I assumed it would be destroyed but the tines hadn't even been bent, I plugged it in and started up without a hitch, used it for another half an hour. SO impressed!
The Sun Joe Cultivator does a wonderful job in existing gardens. I used it in beds where we have had established annuals, and it cuts through them like a hot knife through butter.
A couple of weeks ago, we decided to convert a patch of lawn about 12' x 12' into a wildflower garden. I started with the Sun Joe, but when I dug down about three inches, I hit a layer of compacted clay and stone. The Sun Joe was having trouble penetrating it, so I used a pick to break the layer up into big chunks. I put about 6 inches of leaf mold over the whole area, then I went to work with the Sun Joe. It ate through the stony clay and thoroughly mixed the leaf mold. It only took about 20 minutes to make the plot ready for planting, and even though it jammed on a couple of rocks, the Sun Joe didn't even overheat.
I think this is going to be one of the best garden investments I have ever made.
I had very good success at tilling up soil and very thick, mature sod with this small machine using the following technique. (sod/soil needs to be somewhat moist for this to work, bone dry dirt, you’re out of luck).
Start by grinding away a slightly arc shaped trench about 2-3 feet wide and the width of the tines, (pull the machine side to side one arm at a time). It will take a while. Once the trench is 3-4” deep, start working the machine side to side slowly backwards, eating away at the sod in 1” strips 2-3 feet wide, like a little caterpillar eating a leaf. It’s a really good forearm workout.
Make sure you don’t back into the cord and till it up.
Doing this, I mulched/tilled up/cleared away about 1000 sqft of dense, thick sod in about 2-hours. That’s faster than I have been able to do this using a much larger gas tiller. Although the sweeping/pulling motion eventually broke the left handle. No matter, I just grab on the bar now. This motion is also much easier on the motor than regular cultivating so it won’t overheat as fast. Also with a pulling motion your hand will naturally keep the trigger power lever/switch closed so you won’t fall of the switch as easy.
What it won’t do:
It won’t handle the load of pulling deep soil backwards while simultaneously tilling (using it as a rake and tiller). You have to tilt it back so the tines are not as deep before pulling soil back.
It won’t run for more than ½ hour at a time without overheating. Just let it rest for 10 minutes (clear off the blades and vent holes or wrest your forearms while you wait).
Update 3/27/2017: After 2 seasons the handles broke off (happened the first season) and bearing on the motor seized up. The bearings are non-serviceable and you have to replace the entire motor assembly. Lame!