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#275969 - 2018-05-12 12:59 Budget Rotavator Advice
Registered: 2003-10-04
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Recently, I’ve had many mature Conifers (and their stumps/roots) removed from both my front and rear garden.

Given my age/disability, rather than kill myself digging over the soil prior to replanting shrubs, I’ve chosen to buy a modestly priced electric rotavator/cultivator/tiller - but which one?

The Qualcast (£85) from Homebase with 2 year warranty - and Spear & Jackson (£100) from Argos with 3 year warranty models look identical. However, there is no Qualcast website (despite being owned by Bosch) in looking for further information, and the Spear & Jackson website doesn’t list their model. No one but Homebase and Argos sell these two separate products.

Both products are sold under license to Homebase and Argos by the respective manufacturer.

Alternatively, ‘The Handy’ tiller ‘made’ in Somerset is on offer at Screwfix for £60 - with many good tradesman reviews. All three models are rated at 800watts.

Hire costs equal the purchase price of these products, so the latter option makes sense.

Does anyone own one of these products? What’s your opinion of them?


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#275978 - 2018-05-12 17:03 Re: Budget Rotavator Advice [Re: spinaltap]
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Don't use a boy to do a mans job.

Hire a proper tool for the job, or get someone else to do it.


There is a huge difference between something for the job, and something that is designed to turn over already cleared areas. You will be constantly clearing the tines at the slightest hints of roots and won't be better off than if you had used a fork. If you can lift the tool, it’s not up to the job.


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#275996 - 2018-05-13 11:34 Re: Budget Rotavator Advice [Re: Ian]
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Most of my garden (and home) power tools are Ryobi.

I've discovered that Ryobi produce an electric tiller, at twice the power output of that I had been looking at in the UK

It looks as though I can easily import it from Amazon Germany (and is compliant with UK electric regulations).


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#275997 - 2018-05-13 12:50 Re: Budget Rotavator Advice [Re: spinaltap]
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Seriously if you can lift it or Amazon can ship it it’s going to be no good. Doesn’t matter how much power it has and who makes it, if it doesn’t weight a ton (figure of speech) it’s going to keep bouncing out the ground and not do much and that’s before it comes across a small root which will wrap itself round the tines and will need cutting out.

Been there done that ticked it off.


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#275998 - 2018-05-13 13:04 Re: Budget Rotavator Advice [Re: Ian]
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With MS, if I can’t lift it it’s no good to me.


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#275999 - 2018-05-13 13:51 Re: Budget Rotavator Advice [Re: spinaltap]
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Then it’s not a job for you.


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