Garden Tiller (Rotavator) Great Value Product YT5601-01 800W 28cm Tiller 220-240V £54.99 Delivered @ Screwfix
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Garden Tiller (Rotavator) Great Value Product YT5601-01 800W 28cm Tiller 220-240V £54.99 Delivered @ Screwfix

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Refreshed 22nd May (Posted 1st May)
Garden Tiller (Rotavator) £49.99 +£5 Delivery @ Screwfix

Free delivery on orders over £50

Good bit of kit. I've been looking out for one sub £50. Same one on ebay is £69.99.

Foldable handle for easy transportation and compact storage. Dual-safety switch to prevent accidental start-up. Ideal for turning soil in preparation for planting.

  • 28cm Working Width
  • Max. Working Depth: 200mm
  • Brushed Series Motor
  • 4 Swivel Castors
  • Adjustable Folding Handle
  • Electric Start
  • Plastic Deck
  • Forward Drive System
  • 1 Year Guarantee
  • 4 Blades with 200mm Blade Diameter
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spengbab01/05/2020 13:49

I used this model to turn over my ~30m² garden full of compacted clay …I used this model to turn over my ~30m² garden full of compacted clay soil. It did a good job once I loosened the top-layer of soil a bit with a shovel. If I didn't, it bounced around a bit too much.For the price, I really didn't expect it to survive the whole job, but, I was pleasantly surprised.


So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen the soil up a bit first.
And even then you were surprised it lasted one job.
You've really sold it to me.
fireman101/05/2020 14:18

So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen …So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen the soil up a bit first.And even then you were surprised it lasted one job.You've really sold it to me.


To be fair, I'm not trying to sell it to anyone. I'm trying to set expectations and share my experience with this product for people who are thinking of buying it - it'll probably bounce on the top layer and here's how I mitigated it.

As an aside, I ended up breaking the soil to a depth of ~30cm by rotavating, removing some soil, and rotavating again. I didn't expect something in this price range to do as well as it did.
Massive-Yeti01/05/2020 13:30

Here's a shocking video of an old man using one (different brand);[Video]


Damn what happened, did he get to finish the garden I got a beer & a sarnie ready to watch this.
Here's a shocking video of an old man using one (different brand);

Edited by: "Massive-Yeti" 1st May
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Here's a shocking video of an old man using one (different brand);

Edited by: "Massive-Yeti" 1st May
Looks the dogs for the money.
In the words of Jim Royal, That couldn't scratch my...
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I used this model to turn over my ~30m² garden full of compacted clay soil. It did a good job once I loosened the top-layer of soil a bit with a shovel. If I didn't, it bounced around a bit too much.

For the price, I really didn't expect it to survive the whole job, but, I was pleasantly surprised.
£49.99 using click and collect
for the occasional use on softer soil its OK, but petrol version is much easier to use, the bloody cord is a pain on these
spengbab01/05/2020 13:49

I used this model to turn over my ~30m² garden full of compacted clay …I used this model to turn over my ~30m² garden full of compacted clay soil. It did a good job once I loosened the top-layer of soil a bit with a shovel. If I didn't, it bounced around a bit too much.For the price, I really didn't expect it to survive the whole job, but, I was pleasantly surprised.


So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen the soil up a bit first.
And even then you were surprised it lasted one job.
You've really sold it to me.
fireman101/05/2020 14:18

So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen …So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen the soil up a bit first.And even then you were surprised it lasted one job.You've really sold it to me.


Agreed - just ordered
Got that for £27.99 2 years back

Good for soft soil might just work on harder soil too
Do people use these every year? I used it once to initially seed the garden and hired one for £20? I’m assuming it’s to harsh to use every year when reseeding ?
Donniey01/05/2020 14:51

Do people use these every year? I used it once to initially seed the …Do people use these every year? I used it once to initially seed the garden and hired one for £20? I’m assuming it’s to harsh to use every year when reseeding ?


do you mean in your border?
Massive-Yeti01/05/2020 13:30

Here's a shocking video of an old man using one (different brand);[Video]


Damn what happened, did he get to finish the garden I got a beer & a sarnie ready to watch this.
Fantastic reviews!!!
psd9901/05/2020 14:39

Got that for £27.99 2 years backGood for soft soil might just work on …Got that for £27.99 2 years backGood for soft soil might just work on harder soil too


That rings a bell. I bought 2 I recall and gave one to a friend. Works perfectly as most have commented once the top layer is broken down. Can be a bit unwieldy if you hit brick or a clod. Mine jumped up in the air came back and whacked me on the knee. So do be careful and with that flex too.
KingCellulose01/05/2020 15:01

do you mean in your border?


I meant the whole lawn, used topsoil + seed and broke up the soil. Can this be used every year? I assume before any treatment just to break up the compact soil?
I purchased one last year and was very pleased with it. Put the cord over my shoulder and it was fine. Gave it a clean afterwards and it was good to go for the next job
fireman101/05/2020 14:18

So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen …So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen the soil up a bit first.And even then you were surprised it lasted one job.You've really sold it to me.


To be fair, I'm not trying to sell it to anyone. I'm trying to set expectations and share my experience with this product for people who are thinking of buying it - it'll probably bounce on the top layer and here's how I mitigated it.

As an aside, I ended up breaking the soil to a depth of ~30cm by rotavating, removing some soil, and rotavating again. I didn't expect something in this price range to do as well as it did.
Donniey01/05/2020 15:21

I meant the whole lawn, used topsoil + seed and broke up the soil. Can …I meant the whole lawn, used topsoil + seed and broke up the soil. Can this be used every year? I assume before any treatment just to break up the compact soil?


Yeah you wouldn’t want to use this once you’ve put seed down, youre exactly right about it being for breaking up the ground.

What you could use once the lawn is established is a scarifier, but that’s a different tool with a different purpose and tbh, is a bit of a faff unless youre really into your gardening/ lawn care
Had one of these very ones bought from Screwfix a couple of years ago. Very good indeed and I would thoroughly recommend it to anybody wanting to turn/dig over ground.
this is just regular price, how is this a deal?
Best buy these machines over the winter, there was a 1500W on eBay for the same money, now it's £140...
I've spent the last 20 minutes watching videos of people using these tillers.
Here's another video of someone demonstrating how to use a tiller.

But my question is: Can this be used to rip out stubborn roots of bushes which have been chopped down?
I have borders, inside which I have chopped down some bushes, but the roots still remain deep in the ground.
sunama01/05/2020 20:48

I've spent the last 20 minutes watching videos of people using these …I've spent the last 20 minutes watching videos of people using these tillers.Here's another video of someone demonstrating how to use a tiller.[Video] But my question is: Can this be used to rip out stubborn roots of bushes which have been chopped down?I have borders, inside which I have chopped down some bushes, but the roots still remain deep in the ground.


I reckon it depends how thick they are. I only got mine today not used it yet, it does seem like a beast. Read up on the reviews on screwfix see if someone's had the same idea.
I’ve heard best not to use these in weedy areas without removing weeds first, as they chop the roots up and the weeds mulitiply
sunama01/05/2020 20:48

I've spent the last 20 minutes watching videos of people using these …I've spent the last 20 minutes watching videos of people using these tillers.Here's another video of someone demonstrating how to use a tiller.[Video] But my question is: Can this be used to rip out stubborn roots of bushes which have been chopped down?I have borders, inside which I have chopped down some bushes, but the roots still remain deep in the ground.


If the roots are thick, this will just bounce off them.
If they're thin it'll chop them but the roots will get wrapped around the blade shaft.

If the roots are close-ish to the surface, you could run a long blade on a reciprocating saw to chop into small pieces before using the tiller.
supermann02/05/2020 03:09

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Keith Flint liked helping elderly relatives in the village, cutting their hedges and doing gardening for them.. he was doing that in the days before he died..
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fireman101/05/2020 14:18

So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen …So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen the soil up a bit first.And even then you were surprised it lasted one job.You've really sold it to me.


Is this like a aerator
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Unable to buy at the moment when I tried because it is a non essential item.
spengbab01/05/2020 13:49

I used this model to turn over my ~30m² garden full of compacted clay …I used this model to turn over my ~30m² garden full of compacted clay soil. It did a good job once I loosened the top-layer of soil a bit with a shovel. If I didn't, it bounced around a bit too much.For the price, I really didn't expect it to survive the whole job, but, I was pleasantly surprised.


So I need two of them to do my garden. Sounds like that pr£&k of a lawnmower of mine
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fireman101/05/2020 14:18

So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen …So the machine designed to loosen the soil works great if you just loosen the soil up a bit first.And even then you were surprised it lasted one job.You've really sold it to me.


The reviews said just get the grass low as possible with a strimmer and this thing can chug on through compacted soil.
Was going to hire a petrol one for a week but this is tempting. Got 100m of lawn and ground to rip up for new turf.
If you need one to redo your garden for say returfing, I'd suggest hiring one from your local tool hire place for £50.
That's what I did and it did a 40m² heavy clay garden in no time.

Al I had to do was pre weed
Nad_8402/05/2020 06:42

If you need one to redo your garden for say returfing, I'd suggest hiring …If you need one to redo your garden for say returfing, I'd suggest hiring one from your local tool hire place for £50.That's what I did and it did a 40m² heavy clay garden in no time.Al I had to do was pre weed


Donniey01/05/2020 15:21

I meant the whole lawn, used topsoil + seed and broke up the soil. Can …I meant the whole lawn, used topsoil + seed and broke up the soil. Can this be used every year? I assume before any treatment just to break up the compact soil?

Don't use this on your lawn unless you plan on starting again. Use a scarifier
I have this one it's really good. I used it to make borders. Didn't bother loosening anything. Just went straight onto the grass. Bounces around a bit until it digs in. Found longer roots and grass wrapped around the blades a bit.. The cord was no problem. Put that over my should too like another user did.
Well worth it.
Exactly what i need. Great reviews. I also bought the scarifier from earlier in the week as well.
I've got a former flower bed, now grass/weed bed that I'm gradually digging up with a plan to level and lay turf on. I did this with another flower bed last year and as I wanted fine soil to put the turf on I dug out low and put down an inch or so of fresh topsoil. Would this do a good enough job so I won't need new topsoil? Getting this would cost about the same as the amount of topsoil I need
These are excellent just done a 230m² rear garden that had all sorts of debris Inc half bricks. Rather than push forward pull it backwards tho much easier and does a good job.
I got one of these to do the kitchen splashbacks, what a bl**dy mess it made and it was difficult to hold up in place.

In a rush, I'd missed the word 'garden' plus I was a bit stressed because I was running late for my D.N.A. Meeting. (National Dyslexia Association).

Less speed, more haste right enough.
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