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Old 03-18-2020, 11:23 AM   #1
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Looking for a small lectric tiller for our raised beds. We have 7 raised beds.
Had a small corded lectric tiller that worked fairly well for quite a few years.
But it heated up quick and had to stop after only about 3 passes down an 8 ft row.
It was corded and a pain to keep untangled all the time. But saved a lot of time and effort.
The old shovel method works fine if we want to put in a lot more effort.
Problem was, that the tiller was so light and small, it only tilled down to maybe 4".
Any decent deals out there?
What do you use?
Preciate the input folks.
Happy gardening 2020.

PS. Blueberries and pears are looking good already.
Ready to start eating some fresh home grown maters and sparagus.

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Old 03-18-2020, 12:29 PM   #2
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The GreenWorks 40V tiller works good for raised beds with soft soil. Although like your electric, it will not till deep.


This is year 3 or 4 that I've had Greenworks tools (5 in all) and I really like the cordless, no-gasoline convenience
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:41 PM   #3
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No fun to get electric without a cord. It sparks so nice when you run over it.
I had one of those Greenworks machines a couple years ago and redid my small back yard. Only spliced the extension cord a couple times, but I was amazed at how well it tilled up the pottery clay ground. And I found out that my circuit breakers do, in fact, work.
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Yup. DGB. Wrestling around a hunnert foot cord is SO much fun. Don't member how many times I spliced it in 4 years. Don't remember any sparking. Probably because it was buried in the soil? Night crawlers appreciated it I bet. LOL
Wondering how many hours of tilling with the 40V greenworks before recharging, Garyk?
Thanks guys.
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Wasn't so much as a spark, more like a flash from an arc welder.
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Do yourself a favor and get a Mantis tiller. Light yet powerful enough to till thoroughly and get down to useful depth. You can find used ones on CL and such quite often. The electrics are just only really good if you are already dealing with pretilled soil and need to keep the weeds down,,,
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Do yourself a favor and get a Mantis tiller. Light yet powerful enough to till thoroughly and get down to useful depth. You can find used ones on CL and such quite often. The electrics are just only really good if you are already dealing with pretilled soil and need to keep the weeds down,,,
Been looking at those too S1.
My brother had one. It did a pretty good job. But noisy 2 stroke engine.
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Wondering how many hours of tilling with the 40V greenworks before recharging, Garyk?

Our four raised beds are about 30' long and the 40V battery will do all of them on one charge. The new batteries that Greenworks uses hold a lot of juice. I'm always surprised how much I can cut with the 18" bar chainsaw on a single charge.
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Been looking at those too S1.
My brother had one. It did a pretty good job. But noisy 2 stroke engine.
Deaf in one ear and can't hear outta the other, how can you tell? Neighbors complain?
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No. They all wanted to borrow it.
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Thanks Garyk.
Nuther question?
How wide does yours till?. And depth?
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Go rent one for half a day from a place like Home Depot. No sense in buying something that only gets used once a year and just takes up room in the garage. 😉
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Go rent one for half a day from a place like Home Depot. No sense in buying something that only gets used once a year and just takes up room in the garage. 😉
True.
Ace hardware has all sorts of equipment too.
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