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27012 Features: -Electric tiller. -8A Power. -8-1/4" or 10" (removable tines) tilling width. -4" Tilling depth . -Assembly required.
- Shipping Weight: 41 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- Shipping Advisory:: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
- ASIN: B0030BG1HC
- Item model number: 27012
Worries laid to rest
After the 8000 accessories you need to buy for the mantis, I nixed that one. The troy tiller had some impressive looking tines (and reviews!) and I decided that was the one to buy. But they were sold out and I needed to get my garden put together right away! Despite only having 2 other reviews, I decided to give the Greenworks tiller a chance. The fact that it has zero carbon footprint is nice, but honestly, I care more about a machine meeting MY needs. I finally gave in and purchased this model after being swayed by the impressing 4 year warranty (the other machines have a 2 year warranty). The tines didn’t look as “mean” as the troy or mantis, but I gave it a shot anyway. I’m not using it to farm, I’m just using it on a garden.
Putting it together was easier than I expected. I also suffer from “doesn’t read directions” syndrome so I put the tines on backwards at first, but a quick glance at the diagram showed me all I had to do was turn them around. My worries about the tines not looking mean enough were dismissed as soon as I held them. These things feel *really* solid and have some weight to them, similar to the feel of cast iron. All together from start to finish I had this thing put together in about 30 minutes (in my living room no less). The weight of the machine really isn’t bad at all, and did I mention I’m a petite woman who is 6 months pregnant? If I can handle it, so can you.
The next day I tried this thing out in the garden. All my long viney weeds had already been removed by hand, so all I needed to do was break up my soil. Although this garden is established, the soil just isn’t very good. There is a ridiculous amount of small rocks, twigs, sticks, and enough clay to make pottery with. This is EXACTLY why I gave up trying to work it by hand (that and bending over is starting to suck right now). I got out my best extension cord (100 foot 12g 15 amp beast) and set to work (I like ellipses).
Before I used it, I was worried about the tiller having wheels. A lot of smaller tillers I’ve seen don’t have wheels so I assumed they would just get in the way and not till as deep. As soon as I got started I was immediately thankful for them. I would till down and just scoot the machine backwards with me as I walked, tilling a good 6″ deep. I was slow and took my time, removing the sticks and rocks the machine dug up. Despite having a lot of dust on me, and dirty feet, I never once had the machine kick up a rock or stick on me. It kind of threw them about a foot to either side, making it very easy to remove as I kept working, and I felt safer knowing I wasn’t going to have a rock slingshot into my eye.
I tilled my 500sf garden front to back, and then again from side to side, in about an hour and a half. Never once did the tiller overheat (this is why a good extension cord is needed!) and never once did it stall out on a rock or stick. I’m not going to lie, constantly readjusting the cord was a pain in the butt, but that is a burden ALL corded electric tools suffer from, so it wasn’t an unexpected annoyance. It’s certainly not bad enough to go to a gas model.
I was pleasantly surprised at just how quiet this thing is! My vacuum is louder than this tiller. It also looks like it’s more work than it really is. My neighbor came over and offered to till for me because he was worried about my being pregnant (he is a very sweet neighbor) but I declined because honestly, it didn’t feel like much work at all. I never had to fight with it, just tilt it down, and slowly scoot it back. that’s it.
All in all I am extremely happy with what I purchased. Time will tell how it stands up, but for now the first time I used it worked even better than expected. I think now the other tillers would have just been too much for what I needed. The price was also great, half that of the mantis and free shipping. I’m a happy customer!
1st time for Electric Cultivator/Tiller
I have raised beds and the electric tiller was heavier than my Mantis but still easy to use. I am not used to the wheels so that may take some time to get used to. The cord holder needs some improvement, didn’t hold my cord very well but that was minor for me.
It is worth a try, I am very happy, recommend it. I don’t know if it will last ten years or not but time will tell.
little green mean machine
Tough little tiller!
This thing tore up the land! It was very surprising and impresive. I did over-amp the motor a few times, but my neighbor said he stalled his 2-cycle tiller more than that in an hour. If you just take the wheels off, this thing will dig down a few inches a minute. It turned clay, and what I though was rock since I couldn’t break the stuff up with a pick ax, into a substance similar to soil! Once I mixed some topsoil and ran the tiller some more, I could actually grow plants!
FYI – using electric isn’t necessarily green – this is shipped on an diesel driven barge from China, powered from your most likely coal fired power plant. I got it for three reasons – the first and most important being the price – it’s pretty darn cheap and prime shipping rocks (this thing does well with rocks as well)! The second is compact – I’m not cultivating every weekend and didn’t want to take up a lot of room. The third were the reviews – and they are right. This thing works. The cord is a pain in the butt, but it’s easier to start than a gas tiller – plug it in and pull the handle – it’s easy to clean the blades off from weeds and yard fabric, and it has an awesome warranty.
Greenwoorks 27012 tiller
absolutely love it!
Easy to operate but seems a little lacking in power
The cord does get in the way a little but if you drape it over your shoulder it really doesn’t cause much of a problem. The ease of starting it without mixing gas and oil, pulling on the starter cord, and breathing gas fumes balances out the little inconvenience of the trailing electrical cord.
I had paid $95 to get my gas tiller to start and about 2 hours of use later it gain wouldn’t keep running. That’s when I decided to get the Greenworks and overall I am glad I did.