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My Greenworks Tools Review

One task that every gardener eventually deals with is weeding. I personally don't like pulling weeds - it is time consuming, hard on the back, and is nearly impossible when the ground is hard and dry. So I decided to make life a little easier by getting a cultivator. I have a large rototiller, but it's too big to weed with - I'd end up running everything else over with it in the process.

While comparing various models of cultivators at my local home improvement stores, I saw a new line of battery-powered lawn tools made by Greenworks. I usually ignore all those electric and corded garden gadgets - they never appealed to me. I couldn't fathom running a long extension cord all the way across the yard and tripping over it the whole time I was working. But when I saw the lithium ion power pack, it peaked my curiosity. I do a lot of woodworking and I like the new lithium battery technology on those tools. The batteries last a long time and have a lot of power. I wondered if I could change my mindset when it comes to gas-powered implements I  use in the lawn and garden, too.

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The first thing I had to do was convince myself that this thing was going to be just as good as a gas-powered tiller. How long was the battery going to last? Is it durable? There were several other key factors that I had to consider before buying one, and the one that solidified my decision was issues related to the gasoline itself. This battery would cost something like .04 cents to charge up. Filling up a gas can was costing upwards of $10 to $15 depending on the size. Add to that the maintenance issues I seemed to always have to deal with. Carburetors always gummed up when leaving gas in too long, and some of the newer components of gasoline actually deteriorate rubber gaskets and fuel lines over time. More out of pocket expenses. There was nothing more frustrating than pulling a tool out of the shed and having it not start because of something gas-related.

So here is my thought: the mechanical components of the cultivator are the same - the driver is what's different. Whether it's a combustion engine, an electric motor, or a battery-driven gear box, the result is the same. At 40 volts, this thing seemed powerful enough. And no smelly gas to deal with.

So my decision was made and I purchased the Greenworks cultivator at Lowes for $249. The battery took about 3 hours to charge up and according to Greenworks, lasts up to 40 minutes on one charge. At first I wondered if that was long enough, but I'm not out there tilling the whole garden. I'm just weeding between rows -  I'm not doing a farm. I've used it several times on one charge and with no battery memory, you can always plug the battery in while you take a lunch break.

I'm considering buying their weed trimmer and leaf blower, as they use the same G-Max battery.  They also have a few lawnmowers that use the same lithium battery, and supposedly they'll run an hour on one charge. No gas required, and they have some good reviews. I'd have at least 2 or 3 spare batteries charged up should I decide to buy the other tools.

As far as power, this cultivator has some impressive torque. When using it, you pull it backwards working against the direction of the tines. It doesn't bog down and it works very well. It cuts a 10" path, but you have the option of taking two of the tines off to narrow it's swath. The one thing about lithium ion batteries is they don't slow down before they die. The tool has full power until the battery is depleted and then it just stops. I have yet to have it die on me while using it, I end up charging it before it gets to that point.

So far I am pleased with my new garden cultivator by Greenworks. Time will tell how the cultivator holds up, but with a 4 year warranty on the machine and 2 years on the battery I'm covered if something breaks. It seems to be well made, although I won't be hosing it off when I'm done with it like I do with my gas rototiller. The bright green color takes some getting used to, but every brand has it's trademark. As long as I don't have to be on my knees or bending over pulling weeds by hand, this tool does the trick.

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