Ive owned thistiller for 2 years now, and it is being used in a landscaping buissness. I have had no hard starting because of one reason, when i recieved the unit, i immediatly changed out the non brand spark plug, which everyone must do in order to have a clean running reliable machine, the plug was switched out to a champion plug, which insures easy starting, and reliable performance. If you were to leave the plug in, like many people who do not know small engines very well, will have a very hard time keeping it running, and starting it. I have almost 30+ hours of runtime on this tiller, and let me tell you.. Its a great running machine. I encourage anyone who has perchased this tiller, to swap the spark plug out with a champion, NGK, or a bosch spark plug, which will ensure a cleaner running, easier starting, and rugged reliable engine. I have had no troubles with this tiller, it starts every 1st or second pull, and will run for hours on end if i want it to, thanks to the quality spark plug.
I had a 2000 version of this same model that I've used for over a decade with no problems. Today I'm out doing spring gardening, and the tiller throws a gear. No problem. I go down to Sears and proudly announce that I'm buying the same version of the tiller I purchased over a decade ago, and my garden has been faithfully serviced by Craftsman for a long time, and my rows are 10" wide because of it. I get the new one home, unbox, assemble, gas, adjust pants, pull, pull, starts right up. I take over to garden and proceed to start my spring ritual with my shiny new tiller. Runs for about 1 hour. and dies. Can't start, not even close. I've read the warnings about a new spark plug, but I can't imagine the new tillers are sent out with a 1-hour plug? I'm going to start the repair - replacement with Sears tomorrow, I'll update this thread to let you know how it goes. As of now, buy any other tiller but this one. It is a piece of shiat.
We purchased this for light use (8 ft x 10ft garden) It lasted exactly 1 year to the day. We took it in for warranty service and after 5 months we are still waiting for it back only to find out that they have lost it. RUN! DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!
Perfect size for small gardens, light weight and easy start. I did predig my soul and removed large clumps of grass then the tiller worked great. Not powerful enough to break new ground by itself.
This is one of the best little tillers I have ever use. It is easy to get around plant, it is easy to cleans up a patch of weeds, it is light weight and very easy to start.
I am impressed with this product on the power. I started it after following instructions with oil supplied and fresh gas. I cut through a section of my lawn to later put in wildflowers. Did an outstanding job. Zipped through clay and sand and pulverized the grass that was located there. Better to buy than rent. I planted flowers and leveling sections of the backyard. Great investment.
Works great for flower beds and other light work. Didn’t try bigger jobs.