Black & Decker’s new cordless cultivator mates a string-trimmer form factor with two counter-rotating tines to tear out weeds and aerate soil up to four inches deep in spaces way too tight for most powered cultivators. This keeps you off your knees in the garden and saves time, too.
Unlike classic cultivators which often snag weeds that muck up the tines until you stop to clean them out, the Black & Decker’s tines spin in opposite directions — so when a weed catches in one tine, the other tears the weed free. But if you need to work in a really tight space, you can remove either tine to operate the cultivator with just one.
Its handle shaft telescopes to fit both tall and short gardeners, and the lower grip handle sports a soft rubber jacket for comfort. The 18V rechargeable NiCd battery slides and locks into place under the upper handle — both helping to balance the tool and freeing you from cords and fossil fuels.
At a street price of $100, it’s pretty expensive compared to the old-school elbow-powered option, but pretty cheap relative to other powered cultivators we’ve seen. Best of all, though, the new form-factor should appeal to homeowners who often need to ’till small spaces instead of huge gardens.