Remington Electric Tiller Review and Giveaway(Expired)

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It doesn’t take long to realize that preparing the vegetable garden and maintaining it throughout the year can be some back-breaking work.

Weeds can be a nightmare once they start popping up and keeping ahead of them is a never ending chore.

I’m always on the hunt for a tool, or a system that can make my preparation and maintenance tasks easier.

Fortunately, I think I’ve finally found an answer.

The Remington Electric Tiller

I was recently asked to review the Remington Garden Wizard Electric Tiller RM151C, and boy, was I ever glad I accepted.

I realized this tool is extremely handy for many tasks in the vegetable garden after the very first use.

The Remington Electric Tiller

If I needed to remove weeds between rows, or prepare a row for planting, the Remington Electric Tiller did the job surprisingly well.

Here are a few great features of this electric tiller.

Features of the Remington Electric Tiller

As soon as I removed the tiller from the box I noticed how compact and light it is compared to similar tillers.

Assembly of the tiller took about five minutes and only required setting the handle in place and tightening it up.

Theres Not Much Assembly With the Remington Electric TillerJust Tighten the Handle Using the Adjusting Knobs

No tools required!

I had the tiller out of the box and operating in less than ten minutes total.

The tiller features four tines that give you a nine inch wide tilling area. You can also easily remove the outer two tines to make it a six inch wide tilling area.

This is very nice feature for those tight, hard to reach areas of your garden.

The Remington Electric Tiller Features 4 RemovableTines

It has a thick metal guard over the tines to keep any debris from accidentally hitting the operator.

The large wheels on the back provide excellent mobility, allowing you to easily maneuver the tiller over grass and loose soil.

The Large Wheels Offer Great Mobility

The handle has a soft, padded grip area that helps to reduce vibrations going to your hand. No need to worry about blisters with this comfortable padding!

It has a safety bar underneath the handle, like most lawnmowers, and a big red start button for easy, safe starting.

The Comfortable Padded Handle and Safety BarThe Large Red Start Button for Safety

There’s even a very convenient cord holder to keep the electrical cord safely out of the way.

The Cord Holder Keeps the Electrical Cord Out of the Way

Using the Remington Electric Tiller

To be honest, there’s really not much to say on using the tiller.

It’s very simple and straightforward to use.

Just pull the safety bar up to the handle and press the red start button at the same time to start it up.

Pull Up the Safety Bar and Push the Start Button To Start the Tiller

Make sure you have the tines up off the soil when starting. This tiller has a lot more power than I thought it would, so be ready once you start it.

It took me for a little unexpected ride at first.

As I mentioned earlier, it can be used for a variety of tasks in the garden – weeding, preparing new beds, or mixing amendments into the soil – just to name a few.

I have a short row in my garden where I want to plant some turnips and kohlrabi soon. I used the Remington Electric Tiller to get this row ready for planting.

Garden Row Before Tilling

As you can see there are some weeds growing in this row so I was unsure how well the tiller would handle this.

After just the first pass with the electric tiller, I knew right away that it had plenty of power to easily churn up the weeds and soil.

Three quick passes with the tiller and the row was pretty much ready for planting. All I needed to do next was add a little compost and use the tiller to mix it in well.

The Remington Electric Tiller Does a Great Job of Churning the Soil

Getting this area prepared would have taken me three or four hours by hand. With the Remington Electric Tiller, it took me about twenty minutes.

I went from opening the box to having a prepared garden row in about 30 minutes!

The Garden Row Was Easily Tilled In Just a Few Minutes

Pros of the Remington Electric Tiller

  • Eco-friendly because it runs off electricity; requires no gas or oil
  • Easy start button eliminates the need for pull starting like you see with gas tillers
  • Easily reaches even the smallest areas of the garden
  • Removable tines for easy clean-up and maintenance; use four tines for nine inche-wide swaths or two tines for six inche-wide swaths
  • Handle can be folded down for easy storage
  • Powerful enough to cut through thick weeds and heavy soils
  • Costing less than $200 it is very inexpensive compared to similar gas-powered tillers

Cons of the Remington Electric Tiller

The only thing I did not like about this tiller was the need for an electrical cord. The cord clip that comes with the tiller is very handy for keeping the cord out of the way, but you still need to pay special attention to what you are doing.

Always keep the cord behind you and you should be just fine.

Needing an electrical cord is surely not a huge deal, but needing to drag around a cord is not as convenient as gas-powered tillers.

I also wish there was some type of speed control on the tiller so you could refine the speed of the tines. The Remington Electric Tiller is either off or at full speed – there is no in between.

With that said, I still believe this electric tiller is far more favorable than gas-powered models.

Recommendations

I give the Remington Garden Wizard Electric Tiller RM151C two BIG thumbs up. It can save a bunch of time and sore muscles while working in your garden.

It has plenty of power for most small jobs and you never have to worry about running out of gas and oil. It is a very good alternative to loud, gas-powered tillers.

Of course, if you have a 20 foot by 20 foot area of lawn that you want to till for a new garden, the Remington Electric Tiller is not the ideal tool, but that’s not what it is made for either.

If you need something to remove weeds between rows, amend the soil in raised beds, or prepare rows for planting then I highly recommend the Remington Electric Tiller.

It can make a huge difference. Believe me!

Disclosure: The Remington Garden Wizard Electric Tiller RM151C was provided to me for review by Remington. Remington also provided one tiller for a giveaway to the visitors of this website. This published review is my fair opinion and evaluation of the product. The outcome of my review was not persuaded in any way by Remington or the reception of this product.

Enter to Win Your Very own Remington Electric Tiller

We are giving a Remington Electric Tiller (just like the one in this review) to one lucky gardener*.

All you have to do is leave a comment to this review at the bottom of the page.

Please share what you are doing in your garden to be more eco-friendly!

This giveaway runs from August 8, 2011 until 3 PM EST August 14, 2011.

You must have your comment entered by 3PM EST August 14, 2011 to be eligible.

One comment will be drawn at 3 PM EST August 14, 2011 as the winner of the Remington Electric Tiller.

The winner will be announced on August 15th, 2011 at 8 AM EST right here at VeggieGardener.com. The winner will also be notified via email that they have won the tiller.

The email address used when leaving the comment will be used to contact the winner, so please make sure to use a valid email address.

Good luck!

*eligible to residents of the United States only

Winner, Winner… Chicken Dinner!

The winner of the Remington Electric Tiller is -

Ava Stearns

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I would like to thank everyone for their awesome comments on becoming more eco-friendly in the garden in order to be entered in this giveaway.

Congratulations, Ava!

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  1. I’ve eliminated my use of pesticides in the garden, with the exception of fireant hills. We also got a compost tumbler third-hand for free – double score for being eco friendly!

  2. Jill Burks says:

    We are installing a rainwater cistern to use for drip irrigation in our new veggie garden. An electric tiller would sure help establish the new beds!

  3. Tammy Lance says:

    I’m NOT using deadly pesticides in my garden. Only natural ways of getting rid of the pests.

  4. Ingrid Griffin says:

    We’ve installed two great rain barrels for our garden. Attached a small pump we had laying around so I can walk around with a hose and water. Rain barrels are a wonderful way to reuse nature’s rain.

  5. Elaine Hart says:

    I just started to garden last year. i do hand weeding. Don’t use any pesticides in my garden. I’ve planted marigolds and onions to help with pest control.

  6. Carolyn Blakeslee says:

    I publish our region’s edition of “Natural Awakenings” magazine. When we pick up the previous month’s left-over copies, we use them as “weed cloth” in the garden.

  7. Andrea Watts says:

    That looks awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  8. The Remington tiller looks very much like the Troy-Bilt electric, except it’s orange instead of red.

  9. Casandra Farley says:

    When you have just a small plot – as I do – it is just perfect.

  10. I’m trying companion planting this year to help reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides, even the organic kind. I compost and an working on a rain barrel system too.

  11. We do not use any pesticides or petroleum based fertilizers. We use compost, but are learning that we need to supplement with some organic fertilizer too.

  12. gretchen jewell says:

    My garden is pesticide free and I plant mostly organic & heirloom veggies!

  13. I appreciated the review of the remington electric tiller. Seems very simple to use and actually does the work for you. I have heard the pros and cons to tilling the soil or not disturbing it. I have an area that will needs the bermuda grass completely removed to create the garden and putting in a weed wall, hence my desire to till the area after using a sod cutter. Many times my dilemma is using heavy or difficult to handle machines, as I am a small person. I eliminated the use of pesticides years ago, instead I incorporate the use of mother nature and allowing her to control the pests/weeds with a little manual labor on my part as well as planting a balance of crops to flow well. Thanks for sharing your review! @DesertNissi

  14. We have been container gardening for the past couple years. Next year we finally have a spot in our yard that we can plant in the ground. We use no chemicals in our gardening.

  15. This spring/summer was my very first garden. We managed to beat the heat and have had a very successful garden in Tuscaloosa, Al. Next season, I’m going to be more ecological by going bigger and growing even more. My four year old son LOVES every aspect, and it a great gardening partner!

  16. Heather Perry says:

    We have set up a system of water butts so that we do not have to use the water supply cheap and helps save water

  17. I mulch my garden (or grow groundcover crops underneath tall plants) to keep the moisture in so it doesn’t require as much water. I also haven’t used any pesticides, though I was tempted when the grasshoppers mowed my beans down to stumps.

  18. Jeri Walker says:

    I use no pesticides. My fertilizer comes from my compost bin. I keep a square-foot garden, making watering more efficient. These are ways to keep my garden eco-friendly.

  19. I am a new gardener and am always looking for ways to make the job a little easier. My garden is very small right now but am looking to expand quite a bit next year so the review of this tiller was appreciated. I don’t use any pesticides in my garden. I pretty much just let it grow naturally. Too bad it took me 38 years to realize how much I enjoy it!

  20. David Hanson says:

    Nice looking little tiller — thanks for the review

  21. Wow, sounds like a great, little tiller.

  22. Compost, compost, compost!

  23. We compost and don’t use any pesticides. Love, love, love to be in the garden:-)

  24. No chemical usage is acceptable in my garden. We feed bugs to the chickens and weeds as well. Composting chicken manure makes great fertilizer and the straw paths we lay to keep weeds down get tilled in every fall to add to the soil. We plant old unusable chicken waterers with things as well as other objects that have outlived their original purpose. We reuse anything we can. It isn’t much, but each is a step toward sustainability. :-)

  25. We are trying to encourage more beneficial insects in our garden by planting more of the flat topped flowers, providing a water source, and letting stuff go to flower (like herbs and broccoli)

  26. we use no pesticides in our garden, to ensure that everything is delicious without being harmful!

  27. Winning one of these would make my garden life so much easier!

  28. Nathalie Batty says:

    Thank you for the great review, I have been considering buying a tiller and this one seems to fit the bill.
    In order to be more eco friendly, I do the following:
    - Compost all my vegetable and egg shells and reuse the compost in my vegetable raised beds (reduced my garbage waste by more than half).
    - Installed a drip system for all my vegetable raised beds
    - Added four hens to my garden this year, 1) for great eggs and 2) for great manure
    - No use of pesticide, only organic products
    - Replaced the old gas lawnmower with an electric one
    - Recycle anything that can be recycled
    - Use fluorescent light bulb throughout the house
    - Use low flow water faucets
    - Have low flow toilets
    I am consistently looking at ways to improve my life style to be more eco-friendly and sustainable.

  29. Richard Simmons says:

    I really do need a small tiller for use during the gardening season. This looks like just the ticket, and I wouldn’t have yo use gasoline.

  30. I’m using organic fertilizers this year.

  31. No use of chemicals in my garden. Vinegar to control weeds and beneficial insects to control destructive bugs. We will let our chickens graze in the garden after tilling so they can eat the weed seeds. We will either compost the garden clippings or we will feed them to the goats. We are trying to be self-sustaining and organic farmers.

  32. I garden as part of a community garden. We practice good water conservation, recycling, & we donate our excess to a local food pantry.

  33. Ava Stearns says:

    This tiller looks like the answer to my pleas! My garden is right outside my back door and I could till or weed to my heart’s content! Thanks for the opportunity!

  34. I love growing and eating the fresh vegetables from my own garden. Earth friendly and healthy too. Only the best for me and my family!

  35. Nancy Hearell says:

    I planted all my vegetables in pots this year because the grass wants to take over everything around here. I don’t own a tiller but would love to have one. I am not using pesticides to be more eco-friendly but the grasshoppers are taking over. They have eaten the leaves off almost all of my rose bushes. Also I find beetle looking bugs on my zucchini plants.

  36. Randy Brown says:

    After many years of doing raised beds, I have finally decided to get rid of them and enrich my sandy and clay soil and just plant in the ground. This tool is exactly what I have in mind to eliminate weeding. Weeding is so time consuming and backbreaking. I like that this is electric and woun’t pollute the enviroment. I even posted this on my Facebook Page, The Naked Farmer.

  37. Desiree Greenfield says:

    We grow all our vegetables organic. I love my compost bin! Compost tea is truly liguid gold! I would love a Tiller!

  38. Tiller Contest!

  39. I would like the tiller, but not the cord.

  40. My garden is completely organic. We use fish emulsion and soy meal to fertilize. Weeds are (somewhat) controlled by newspaper mulch.

  41. Hi there! Just came across this site today when deciding when to harvest my kohlrabi (now. lol). Eco-friendly…. well this is the first year for my garden, and we will never use pesticides, and we’ll always avoid GMO’s as much as possible. :) Also, making my veggies into baby food for our 5 mo. old son.

    Thanks for entering me into the contest!

  42. Pam St. Martin says:

    My very first garden this year. I made a lot of mistakes but am learning from it. I had a stroke 5 yrs. ago and suffer from Spinal Stenosis. It took me forever to prepare my little garden as I did it all by hand (shovel and hoe). Dig a hole, plant a plant then have to sit for 10-15 min. till pain passed then dig a hole etc. I was determined to do this and very glad I did. Needless to say it took me forever but I’m proud of my hard work.
    This little tiller sounds like a great item for me. Small and electric. WOW, I’m excited. BTW, everything is growing and my next project is making my own tumbler composter! No pesticides used.. just Merigolds.
    Thank you Tee for all your wonderful help and this website :-)

  43. We used companion planting to draw more beneficial insects, and use compost and eggshells in the garden as well.

  44. I’m planning to make a larger garden next year (32′x32′ is what I’m thinking), my second. I just had a very small one this year to see how I would like it and I absolutely love it! I can’t wait to get my next one started along with trying some new veggies. I’m taking notes from all these posts and I’ve learned a TON that I didn’t know for this year’s garden, I’ve stopped using miracle-gro and general pesticides (shame on me lol) and I’m planning to begin using the organic pesticide recipes that I’ve found here! Thank you for all the information!

  45. Avrora Davidovna says:

    What a wonderful and generous giveaway! We’re currently tearing up turf grass and weeds in our new house, and planting native plants and grasses. We hope to attract more bees and birds, and cut down on runoff. A tiller would certianly help us get the job done faster!

    avroradavidovna at gmail dot com

  46. All organic, no pesticides. Two big compost bins trying to keep hot and cooking as fast as possible.

  47. Melissa Steinberg says:

    I am a new gardener and learning so much…was just added to the Community Garden committee as well. Looking ahead to what the fall and post-garden season will bring.

  48. It definitely looks like an awesome tiller. Having to plug it in is a bit of a bummer though.

  49. I’ve eliminated pesticides and have installed several worm towers

  50. Linda McHenry says:

    My husband and I are in our mid-sixties and are beginning to have trouble hauling around the rental tiller we use every year. The Remington electric tiller looks like just the ticket for our gardening needs.
    Fingers crossed!! :)

  51. What a cool tool. We are pesticide free and love composting. Plus the chickens are really good at bug control :)

  52. Jeannie Clifton says:

    I have eliminated the use of pesticides and fertilizers that are not completely organic in my beds and the pots that I plant in. I also use organic soil and compost when I need to add to my beds. I use compact flourescent lights in my greenhouse and sunroom and I also switched over to solar lighting in my greenhouse as well. I have a rainwater cistern in the greenhouse too.

  53. Chris Douglas says:

    I bought a compost bin and have been producing compost to amend the garden beds. Makes a world of difference!

  54. I do all organic gardening! I try to learn and do all I can to keep things natural and chemical free. Wish everybody would try it and we would have a healthier enviroment.

  55. Sarah patriquin says:

    Awesome review
    In the garden I’m all organic!!

  56. Hi there, This is my first year of organic gardening, I have looked at it as valuable experience learning from any mistakes we make, I use all my veg waste and egg shells for my compost bin, and I started that August of last year and it has been beneficial for my vegetable plots with success with everything I have grown! This website has been very helpful to me to make sure I have been doing the right things at the right time! So thank you for that and thanks for entering me into the competition!

  57. Rhonda Trent says:

    I have started gardens before but this year is the first time that something hasn’t happened to interrupt following through to actually produce something. Pull weeds the hard way–by hand or with a hoe. No pesticides and we are also raising chickens so the fertilizer will be coming from them. Our chickens roam the garden when I can let them out and they just love it. Learning as I go along. My goal is to learn over time how to be more self-sufficient and to teach my grandchildren about how to grow their own food and care for themselves in a natural, healthy way. Has been loads of fun to do together too. They are still pretty little (4,3, and 1) but love being out there being “farmers” with Grandma.

  58. Katy Brown says:

    I am setting up a three-bin-composting sytem I recently learned from a class sponsored by the Sustainable Living Program in my area. I won’t have to buy compost for my gardens and it will drastically cut down on my waste taken to the landfill! Thanks for all you do, Tee! You’re the best!

  59. Diane kirby says:

    Would love to have one

  60. I water with watering can and use liquid kelp as food for plants

  61. OMG I would love to have that tiller. We use old newspapers to stop weeds but can use all the help we can get.

  62. I don’t use pesticides and only use home made compost. This tiller would really help next year while expanding my raised beds!! :)

  63. Pete Koski says:

    Having reached the ripe old age of, well……I’m over 50, anything that makes gardening easier I’m all for. The Remington Electric Tiller looks like it fits the bill. Having read the article, however, I must disagree with the author on the one con which is the electric cord. I personally use all electric tools. Not for the lofty reason of being Eco-friendly (which they are), but for their ease of use. And let’s face it, you would run out of gas much sooner than electricity. And when you think of it, using an electric tool saves on the wear and tear of your car having to be driven to the gas station to fill up the gas can ( and it always happens at the most inconvenient time) and your pocket book ( gas prices keep going up).

  64. Straw Bale gardening a part of our garden and mulching and planting marigolds to help with garden pests.

  65. Planting marigolds to keep down garden pests.

  66. Casandra Farley says:

    Small garden could really use a small tiller!

  67. To be more eco-friendly: We use grass cuttings worked into the soil, use newspaper as mulch between rows, have two compost bins for kitchen peelings and we only use organic pesticide (Neem).

  68. I haven’t used any pesticides in my garden, and we’ve got a beautiful, dark, rich batch of compost going. I’m also trying to make friends with the wasps that hang around my garden instead of hating them.

  69. Having this tiller would make working and preparing my garden so much easier! Sure would love to be the one that wins!

  70. Cyndi Kudelka says:

    I have arthritis and love to garden. Not a good combo. I believe this tiller would be a wonderful addition to help me do what I love. It is light weight and does the work I can’t.

  71. I am saving gallon jugs to store water in to trap heat in the winter to keep my plants warm at night under the plastic tents

  72. Sherri Tompkins says:

    To be more Eco-friendly, I am using strips of old tee-shirts to tie up tomato plants, compositing everything I can, and using only organic materials for soil amendment and bug deterrents.

  73. Thanks for the review. Great website!

  74. We use no chemicals in our garden. Our dog is one of the best “green” pest control methods we’ve found. :) Only organic fertilizers too.

  75. This is just what Im looking far. A tilller to go between plants.

  76. Rod Murrow says:

    I appreciated the review of the tiller – it sounds like a great tool. It will be perfect for my garden, a 9 x 50 space that has just been readied for next spring’s gardening. We just moved here and I emptied the space of weeds and grass and have covered it with mulch and ‘weed fiber’ until the spring thaw arrives!

  77. I use no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers in the garden, only compost. When I have to till, I have to borrow one from my hubby’s ex-wife because I can’t afford a good one. Less than ideal! I would love this!

  78. Kelsey McCallum says:

    I’ve just started gardening, and began by using recycled wood for building raised beds that I hope to turn into cold frames/green houses to get an early start on next years spring /summer crop. I only use organic methods (duh, this is food people!) and am excited to expand into a full fledged garden ASAP. This tiller sounds like the perfect thing to get started. Thanks for the advice.

  79. I am 64 years old and took my first shot at gardening this season. When I read your review on the Remington Electric Tiller I was very impressed. I used a big old 5 hp Sears gasoline powered tiller belonging to my brother-in-law to breakup the ground initially and I felt like I would shake for at least a week. Owning a Remington Electric would solve my problem and relieve me of the task of dealing with a monster.
    Draw my entry please.

  80. I save veggie peelings and coffee grounds etc for fertilizing my compost bed and avoid unnecessary watering to save water during our drout period.

  81. Besides having two rain barrels connected to my house, I am adding three more to use for watering my gardens via a drip system. I have also added four new raised garden beds I am growing my own organic vegetables for spring summer and fall. I use no chemicals – pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides in my yard and gardens whatsoever. I build my own three bin compost and am raising chickens for eggs. The bedding is used in my gardens for fertilizer. All old papers I reuse by shredding and layering my gardens with. A tiller would help me to turn part of my front yard into an edible landscape. The more I can grow myself, the less I have to go to the grocery store and the more I can donate to those at the area churches and Salvation Army.

  82. I started using cover crops in last year’s garden and was very pleased with the results. Currently I have buckwheat planted over former pea ground and plan on planting rye and/or hairy vetch on most of the remaining garden. Cover crops are a great way to add organic matter, nutrients, and weed suppression without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides!

  83. Margie Young says:

    With this summers heat and rain shortage as of late, I’m glad we save water by collecting rain. By recycling old 5 gallon buckets, we have made several hanging tomatoe gardens. These will be use for many years and can be relocated to different areas if needed. We also enjoy growing enough veggies to share with those no longer able to garden. They get the good ,healthy veggies grown without pesticides, and we get the satisfaction of sharing the bounty with family and friends. Everybody wins!

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