Monday, May 20, 2013

My New Garden Equipment and a TroyBilt Giveaway

Wouldn't it be great to have one basic tool that you could attach a different gardening power tools to?  




This may look like an ordinary string trimmer, but it is so much more...


Leave it to folks at TroyBilt to create a line of string trimmers that can be interchanged with a variety of gardening tools such as a cultivator and a pole chain saw (pictured above with the string trimmer attachment).

But TroyBilt didn't stop there - they also created turbo leaf blower, lawn edger, hedge trimmer, broom and brush cutter attachments as well.



Earlier this year, I was asked to be a part of the 'Saturday 6', which is a group six of garden bloggers from around the country.  As part of TroyBilt's Saturday 6, we have been asked to evaluate a number of their products and give our honest opinion about their performance.



I must admit that my favorite attachment has been my new cultivator.

Of course, my husband would differ and say that our new TroyBilt string trimmer is his favorite.



I have been waiting patiently (not really) to use the cultivator in my vegetable gardens since my TroyBilt equipment arrived in March.

But, I have had to wait until my lettuce was done for the season and then harvest my garlic before I could cultivate the soil.

Finally, the day arrived for my TrimmerPlus Add-On Cultivator to make its debut in my garden.


Before using the cultivator, I had to start it first.

 One complaint that I have with using power equipment is the pull-start.  It can be very hard for women to use a pull-start (me included).  In the past, I would call a crew member over to start equipment for me.  Since I don't have a crew anymore, I often ask my husband to help me if I can't start it myself.

Well, I don't have to worry about pull-starts anymore, thanks to TroyBilt.



They have created the JumpStart, which is an electrical starter that easily starts most of their power equipment without using the pull-start.



All you need to do is to fit the JumpStart into a special portal...


And it starts up easily!  The JumpStart is battery powered and can be plugged in to re-charge.

The equipment does have a pull-start, so the JumpStart is optional.  I have had no problem using the pull-start of my favorite TroyBilt cultivator/string trimmer, but the JumpStart is easier to use.

Before cultivating my soil, I added compost, manure, blood and bone meal to my vegetable garden.  Now, I was ready to mix my amendments in.


The cultivator was lightweight, easy to use and tilled my soil perfectly without going too deep.



One of my vegetable gardens is rather narrow, which makes my new cultivator easy to use because it can work in narrow spaces.  Unlike larger tillers, this cultivator is perfect for smaller spaces and is easier to handle.


After I was finished tilling my vegetable gardens, there were some left over bits and pieces of plants that got caught up in the tines.  It was easy to remove them afterward by taking the tines off and cleaning them. 

In the past, tilling soil using a rake or shovel always took me a lot longer and I was a tired, hot, sweaty mess afterward with a sore back to boot.
With my new cultivator, I can till my soil quickly, without the negative side effects ;-)


As a Certified Arborist, I am often instructing my clients how to prune and care for their trees.  While I don't prune their trees for them, I do like to prune my own trees whenever possible.


I had a little pruning to perform for my Desert Willow, so the cultivator attachment came off and the TrimmerPlus Add-On Pole Chain Saw was attached (no tools are needed to add the different attachments).


This branch had suffered damage in a wind storm when part of it peeled off.  It left the branch weak, so it needed to be removed.  I started by pruning away the top part of the branch first.

The pole chain saw worked very well for me.  It comes with an additional extension pole for when you need to reach higher up (up to 11 feet), but I didn't need it for this limb.  It is self-oiling, which keeps the bar and chain lubricated.

Using a pole chain saw saves you from having to climb a ladder to prune branches that are high up and it is lighter then using a regular chain saw.


My husband has been using our TroyBilt 4-Cycle Gas Straight Shaft String Trimmer for weeks now.  His initial impression was that it was more powerful then our old trimmer.  It also has a larger cutting width (18") and as a result, edging our lawn goes more quickly.


There is no need to mix oil and gas - it runs on regular gasoline.  One of the most frustrating tasks when using a string trimmer is to having to refill the string - not a problem with TroyBilt's string trimmer, which has the 'Click N Trim' Pro cutting head. You can simply thread the line through the eyelets and twist to wind up the line.  No more taking apart the cutting head.

The string trimmer can be started with the JumpStart, which I mentioned earlier.  But, the pull start is surprisingly easy to use due to the 'Spring Assist Starting Technology'.
(I must admit that I like to use the pull-start, because I am thrilled with how easy it is to do with all my TroyBilt equipment, compared to the pull-starts of other equipment that I have used in the past).

Do you have a garage or shed full of garden equipment, with room for little else?  Wouldn't it be great to have a string trimmer that can be used with a variety of attachments? 

Think of how much room you would save!

Okay, here is the part you have been waiting for...

**TROYBILT GIVEAWAY** 
for readers of my blog.

Would you like to have a TroyBilt string trimmer with your choice of attachment for your garden?

The wonderful folks at TroyBilt are giving away a their top-of-the-line TB6044 XP Straight Shaft String Trimmer.


Plus, your choice of one of the following attachments:


Now, if that isn't enough, TroyBilt will also giveaway their JumpStart cordless engine starter to the winner along with the string trimmer, and choice of attachment.

1. To enter, simply leave me a comment with your choice of attachment.  (Be sure to leave your email address if it's not on your profile, or I won't have any way to contact you.)

2. For a bonus entry, become a new follower of my blog,  'Like' me on Facebook or 'follow' me on Twitter - (be sure to let me know in your comment).

Let your friends know about this great giveaway and I will select a random winner in one week!

**I am paid for my involvement with the Saturday 6 and the equipment, described above, was provided to me at no cost by TroyBilt, who wanted my honest opinion - good or bad.  I can honestly state that I am very impressed by the quality and design of their power equipment.
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39 comments:

the eli girl said...

Hello Noelle,
I really like the trimmer with the cultivator. I was also interested in the pole saw, but I need the cultivator more.
Also, I am going to facebook to "like" you.

Have a great day,
Elizabeth
theeligirl@gmail.com

pepperedthought.com said...

What a fabulous tool! I would probably get the most out of that cultivator attachment - I know my mom will be hiring me for her garden, too!
daizee772002@yahoo.com

Megan Michelle said...

Hi Noelle - thank you for always answering my questions on Twitter so quickly - I appreciate it! Like the other two - I think I would get the most use out of the cultivator! Thank you so much and have a great day! Meganb at phxcn dot org

Katy Crookston said...

Hi Noelle,
With four big Sisso trees in our yard, we would love to win the Pole Chain Saw. Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway.
Katy
kc5980@gmail.com

Rochelle said...

If a tool can be the 'tool of my dreams', this has got to be it! All my pet peeves (or at least the majority of them) are taken care of: easy jump start, uses regular gasoline, self-oiling! Now that I'm in my '2nd childhood' - ha! - I've found I can't do as much in the yard without the consequences of a really sore back that puts me out of commission for days. What a great, innovative design by TroyBilt! The Pole Chain Saw would be my 'dream' attachment! Thanks for writing about this in your FB blog. d43k45@gmail.com

Denise Stoesser said...

Hi Noelle!
Sounds like a great product! I especially like the trimmer with the cultivator. I am also interested in the pole saw, I will have to purchase that soon!
In addition, I am going to "like" you on facebook :)

Have a wonderful day,

Denise
stoesserd@unce.unr.edu

fastdog said...

What a great set of garden/yard tools! I would love to use the garden cultivator as we just removed 6 dead pine trees (50 ft high)from our yard and are preparing our new garden space. This would be so helpful!
houndhome@cox.net

fastdog said...

What a great set of garden/yard tools! I would love to use the garden cultivator as we just removed 6 dead pine trees (50 ft high)from our yard and are preparing our new garden space. This would be so helpful!
fastdog@cox.net

msquare_arizona said...

I would love the Turbo Blower.

I enjoy reading your blog and facebook

Theresa Lynne said...

Hi, I have followed you on facebook for a while and love your blog. I would love to win the trimmer with the cultivator attachment. It would help greatly with my many gardening needs.

Theresa Lynne said...

Hi, I have followed your blog through facebook for a while now and love it. I would love to win the trimmer with the cultivator attachment as it would greatly help my many gardening needs. Thanks.

Ruth Simmons said...

Love your blog. We are trying to start a garden here in phoenix and would love the cultivator attachment. I liked your facebook page and subscribed to twitter (as well as pinterest)

Thanks!!
Ruth

Peggi said...

Would love to win. Fiveburners at aol dot com

mkeeney said...

Tough choice- but I have to say the cultivator.

Todd P. said...

Hello Noelle,
I love reading your blogs. These tools seem wonderful to have. I wouldn't mind owning the trimmer. Would you please kindly enter me into the drawing. Also, I am going to Twitter to "follow" you.

Have a great day,
Todd
sayhellotodd@yahoo.com

davmel said...

Hi Noelle,
I would like the trimmer with the brush cutter. It would be a big help in my wooded yard.
I have liked you on facebook. I think I will spending some time learning lots there.
Thank you for the chance to win this
wonderful prize.
Melanie
davmeljo2003@yahoo.com

claudette said...

Ooooo! That looks great! Sign me up please! I'd love the cultivator. And I didn't realize you had a Facebook page. I "liked" that too! I'm looking forward to checking out your posts there! Thanks!

Claudette (Gilbert Garden Girl)
Claudette.hobbart@gmail.com

Deane Alban said...

I'd love the power blower attachment to get the palo verde blooms off my rocks!

Melissa said...

Hi Noelle,

I just signed up to follow your blog. An I have really enjoyed your FaceBook posts and information since you joined the Saturday Six.

I would love to win the Trimmer with the cultivator attachment. What an ingenious tool this is!

Melissa G.
scout10@hotmail.com

Amanda Rae said...

What an awesome tool! I would love the cultivator attachment for my compact clay soil that I am CONSTANTLY amending!

Shout out to Get Busy Gardening for directing me to your blog site - I also liked you on Facebook :)

Amanda Rae - primapara@gmail.com

Deb Mathenia said...

I must say that TroyBilt is an awesome looking tool...I would appreciate it with the Brush Cutter (though all the attachments look like great things to have).

Thank-you for the give-away! :)
stjamesyorkies@yahoo.com

Deb Mathenia said...

Oh, following you on facebook, and Pinterest...

Beatriz said...

hedge trimmer! beatrizbry2 at aol dot com

Marci S. said...

WOW! What a great tool! I would love to have ALL the attachments, but the one I would have to pick is the pole chainsaw to help my hubby with the giant oleander borders we have on either side of our yard.
I follow your blog, Pintrest & Facebook!
PICK ME! PICK ME!
Marci Sandusky
ohmygdb@cox.net

Lisa R. said...

What a great giveaway! The cultivator attachment would be amazing!

lmbech at sbcglobal dot net

Lisa R. said...

The cultivator attachment would be amazing! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

lmbech at sbcglobal dot net

Lisa R. said...

Following you on Twitter!

@rompinaround

Sam Stovall said...

Thank you for sharing the Troy-Bilt information and I enjoyed reading your blog. I really like the trimmer and the cultivator. My daughter and I live in a small city - Lake City, less than 2,000 residents and we spend many hours a week trying to maintain our yard and small garden. Thank you to The Home Garden for sharing your link. I followed you on Facebook and Twitter and look forward to learning more from your experiences.

Sam Stovall
stovallf@gmail.com

SYLVIA said...

Hard choice, but I would love the trimmer with the cultivator.

LeeAnn said...

This post is so timely. Last night I was out with our $10 yard sale weed trimmer having all sorts of issues. I realized I inherited someone elses stress! I need the edger! And I can foresee needing the cultivator as well. Next week we are installing a kitchen garden of sort with raised beds and a pretty split rail fence. Thanks for the honest review!

LifeIsGood said...

What a great tool! Hubs would love the new cultivator now that he has fenced in the garden and it's too difficult to get the rototiller in there.

Love your blog! Found you because of the Saturday 6.

~Nancy
junkyardspam (at) comcast (dot) net

Heather said...

Would love the pole chain saw attachment! But we need the edger the most!

Heather said...

I also just liked you on Facebook! It took me a little bit to find your Facebook icon -- might want to include it in the post somewhere to make it easier to follow? hstanfi (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks! Heather

Tammy said...

I would love to have the pole chain saw attachment. Thank you for the opportunity...
Tammy
bond(at)swiftwireless(dot)com

Tammy said...

I also liked you on Facebook just now. Tammy
bond(at)swiftwireless(dot)com

t. m. said...

Pole chain saw for sure!

tnrina said...

I would chose AND put to good use the Brush Cutter.
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tnrina said...

Following you on FB as Debbie Rinaldi facebook.com/tnrina

tnrina said...

Following you on Twitter as @TNrina
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