You can call it a mini tiller, but this a monster; could be graded by me to an equivalent of 450 horse power machine. I used this remove the grass and till a lawn of a quarter acre size. Unbelievable performance, no overheating, no outage. The tines hit rocks several times but remain intact. Got through the project without any mishap! The manufacturer however, could consider increasing the size of the gas tank; may be double the size. The air filter cover keeps opening and dropping off. The screw holding it keeps loosening up due to the vibration. Otherwise, it competes head to head at any level, against any outstanding 4 cycle mini tiller available on the market today. Of course, the price is even better!
This tiller starts and runs fine, had no trouble getting it set up. When tilling forward it will jump on hard-packed soil AND when cultivating on previously tilled soil the tiller halts when the tines dig in deep and the skinny wheels sink deep into the dirt. The best way to cultivate with this machine is to pull it backwards (as per the manual). That way is the easiest for me. The tines wiggle slightly on the shaft. This caused a burr along the flat edge of the shaft after some difficult tilling and made the tines extremely difficult to remove. I filed the edges smooth and now it is OK. I only gave it 2 stars because of the loose tines and the skinny wheels. I wish Sears would offer better wheels for this tiller.
Easy to assemble, easy to start and works great
Perfect Tiller for Small Area - Easy to Start and Simple to Handle - Light Weight but Tough - Very Satisfied with purchase