Flexrake CLA105 Classic Flower and Vegetable Tiller (Discontinued by Manufacturer) Reviews

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4.9 out of 5 stars based on 101 customer reviews

Product Description

Flex rake introduces Classic – a full line of essential tools reminiscent of gardening’s glorious tradition. Modeled after hard-to-find antiques from a time when tools were painstakingly crafted by hand. Classic features quality craftsmanship and details like beautiful oak handles and durable carbon steel blades. Since the 1600’s, the most essential of garden tools have remained basically the same, Classic has a complete offering of these traditional tools with handcrafted quality for years of gardening success. This Classic series tough grade flower and veggie tiller is made with a durable heavy gauge steel and a beautiful oak handle. This mattock style tool is great for digging, planting or weeding. Classic by Flex rake. Garden Tools rooted in tradition.

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite gardening tools. ~ reviewed by 2 Wags

Not only does it dig a perfect hole, gently remove leaves from the previous fall, loosen the dirt between my garden vegetables, when it comes time to transplanting a flower, a bush, or a tree, it can chop up every root that stands in the way.
It’s a claw, a digger, and an axe, in one. I would be lost without it.

Works great so far ~ reviewed by Doverduo

This item so far seems fine. Little dissapointed that it was not mentioned that it was Made in China! I am a big fan of Amazon and a stockholder, but I think items should be labeled where they are manufactured. I really like to support products made in the USA.

Flexrake Tiller ~ reviewed by Timbo2

I have many flower gardens. I have used the garden weasel for years to break-up the dirt in the spring to get ready to plant. The Flexrake Tiller took this job over and is the best tool I have now for working up the dirt. It was well designed and it seems very strong. I’m sure I will use it for many years to come. It cuts dirt like a hot knife in butter.

Just what I wanted ~ reviewed by Andrew

My MIL gave this to me for Christmas because I asked for it.

I have had a few different brands, but this one is so much better:
The blade tip on this one is angled correctly to the angle of your swing.
The handle on my old one is round, which does two things
1. The rubber handle cover spins around as you work, twisting your grip.
2. The handle being round, you have to look at it to ensure it is being held straight.
The handle on this tool is oblong, so your hand always feels when the tool is straight.
The cover on this one is secured to the wood, so it doesn’t slip.
The head on this one has a heavier weight which makes slicing into the soil easier,.
The handle cover on this one has a nice cushioned grip.
The metal piece is substantial – my kids had some flimsy ones that bent during use.

This is the one to get!

A handy tool ~ reviewed by widewoman

I found the tool sturdy, welds are complete.. they go all the way across the points of contact where the head meets the collar that goes around the handle and holds the tool head to the handle. The welds are substantial where the base of the tines are attached to the other side of the collar that slips over the handle and the head of the tool is held in place with a screw through the side of the collar. There’s probably some obscure term for what I’m calling the collar, but I’m unfamiliar with it if one does exist.

In any case, it’s not one of the spot welded pieces of junk you find in most stores anymore. I tried moving the individual tines, no movement. I mean I got hold of them with my hand and tugged and pushed and pulled, the only way I got even the slightest of movement was if I took all three in hand at the tips of the tines and squeezed.. then there was a slight bit of flexion but I mean SLIGHT bit of give. It’s sturdy. There’s no movement on the “blade” or hoe head side. I find it well made and the welds substantial.

The main thing to remember about this tool is it is a HAND TOOL, and it’s not intended to be a substitute for a full sized mattock or a well made long handled cultivator (most of those, if you can even find them, are spot welded pieces of junk rather than forged .. because the forged ones are expensive at the outset, but cheaper in the long run because they last longer, if not forever, so long as they are not abused also). If you try to use a tool as a substitute for something else, it will soon break. I have a pile of broken tools that others have broken the handles on for me. Shovels or spades used to pry instead of getting an axe or mattock with an axe blade on one side to cut the tree root that he was trying to pry out of the ground with the spade. Broke a nice pair of corona style lopping shear handle trying to cut dead wood that was too big even had it been live wood. Can’t find anywhere that sells replacement handles for wood handled lopping shears anymore. I’ve even seen people JUMP on handles of shovels trying to dislodge whatever the shovel is under in the ground. Thankfully that idiot wasn’t using my tools!

Anyway, I realize that there are always a certain number of products in a batch when multiples of the same thing are made, that have defects and break, but if someone broke a tool that seems to be as well made as the one I received, I’d think perhaps they may have tried to use the tool to do the work of a larger version of one side or the tool or the other. I’ve not seen any full sized versions of this particular combination of a cultivator on one side and mattock type head on the other side. Most likely because those tines are not intended for use with a chopping motion so much as many would attempt. That may be why those who have had the tines break off had that problem.

The tines are intended more for push pull motion use, to drag through a crust that has formed on soil that had been previously dug up and raked or tilled, then watered and the weeds have started growing and so breaking loose the crust and making it easier to get rid of the weeds roots and all. Granted there are some soils which may be a bit heavier and you can’t easily drag the tines through it.. and they stick and pull up clods of soil. Then you flip it over and use that hoe blade and chop with that a bit to loosed the soil up then you can use the tines to break up the clods that the others side broke up and pulled loose. If the dirt is coming up in big chunks that are wet and don’t break up easily.. well then the soil is too wet, wait until it dries out some more. Working the soil when it’s too wet is one of the worst things you can do to the soil if you are expecting good soil texture and a good outcome with plants, they require good soil texture, neither overworked where the soil is more like a powder than dirt, nor so coarse that there are big clods that are going to be hard to allow seedlings to grow through or if they are on top of a seedling won’t allow it to emerge by sheer weight on top of it.

Each tool has its own range of intended uses, and as long as you stick to using the tool within the range of it’s intended uses you aren’t likely to have breakage issues. Don’t chop at hard ground, or ground with rocks of any size in it because the tines hitting hard ground or rocks could break .. because they’re not made for those uses. It’s for loosening soil that’s not compacted to the point of being like rock. Wet it down so it will soften up. Break it up with a tool intended to do that. This hand tool is for preparing a seed bed, or making holes to plant things, Helping with small weeds by loosening the soil so they can more easily be removed roots and all not just breaking off and coming back up like red root pig weed is designed to do.

Of course you will have to sharpen the blade when you get it, just like when you get a shovel, or any tool pretty much. If you have a bench grinder that’s just a few passes over the grinder. If you don’t have a bench grinder, a bastard mill file will do the job. Other than that, was the dirt and mud off your tools and keep them locked up or they will grow legs and disappear as I’ve learned the hard way. Using a good tool is, if not joy, makes an unpleasant task more tolerable.

Perfect! ~ reviewed by M. Lloyd

I live in the UK you cant get these over here, and it is perfect. I use it almost every day, and have battered it. I use it for everything as it does everything so well, vegetable weeding, planting and lots of it, breaking up ground, raking up leaves, hoeing. It is comfortable to use, no blisters, I have left in out in rain for days on end(sorry). And it is still as good as new. Just wish I had bought one sooner, thinking of all of the trowels I have snaped.

Fantastic tool I love it! ~ reviewed by Teresa

Better than expected. It was just what I was looking for only the handle is longer giving you more leverage. It works great!

The tool I have been looking for all my life ~ reviewed by P. Williams

I have used many hand tools for gardening. Having bent and broken all of the ones I have purchased, this is the best I have ever found. It is solidly made and has a good design. Some of my garden has heavy clay. If the soil has any moisture, it cuts through. I may win the war against the weeds this year with its help.

I practically used this thing like an axe to dig and then to cut through … ~ reviewed by Stephen Huskey

Initially I intended to use this for light garden work but then I ended up using it for bush stump removal. I practically used this thing like an axe to dig and then to cut through some of the large roots under the dirt. Made quick work of them too. I have since broken the handle but I just made another one from some scratch wood for it and I’m back in business.

THIS IS A SERIOUS HAND TOOL ~ reviewed by One Tree in the Forest

I just purchased 3 of them – and I was thrilled to find them again after not seeing one in years! (Sears used to have an advertising line – “Sears Has Everything” – that should now be Amazon’s advertising line – I never cease to be amazed at what I find on Amazon – a “bookseller” I learned of so long ago – and now into everything!)

I purchased one of these 13 years ago and then immediately bought 2 more after having barely used the first one. (That meant one for me, one for my husband, and a spare when one disappears.) It was finally time to replace the remaining one. They did not wear out – we live on a farm and I think they got “left somewhere”. Our farm is in an area that is meteorologically a rain forest and things can disappear easily in the rapidly growing “greenery”. In recent years the handles of all our tools are painted bright yellow!) My husband bush-hogged the last one of these when he was re-opening up an area that was overgrown. It now has a taped up handle and only 2 tines. I checked the website of the retailer where I purchased the original 3 and they no longer carry them. I did a lot of looking and before I looked on Amazon and purchased them from one of the Amazon Marketplace Associates (because Amazon was out of stock and could not tell me when the product would be restocked.) I did the arithmetic and the price of 3 including shipping charges was only a few cents more than three would have been with Amazon’s “free shipping on orders of $25 or more” – which is not what I usually find to be true.

I bought these for eradicating Kudzu and Poison Ivy. For the Kudzu I also used a longer handled tool with the same type of head – a chopping blade and 3 long tines. For Poison Ivy I only use this tool. It is the perfect size to chop vines going up trees, and for pulling up endless yards of criss-crossing roots. No matter what you may purchase it for, it should last you for a long time and survive though a lot of work. The blade comes sharp with a protector and can be sharpened easily. In my usage (lots of rocks in the soil) it is necessary to resharpen it often. For use in a garden you may never dull the blade. The tines are very rigid, and for use as a “cultivator” as the name suggests, I cannot imagine the tines bending. I have managed to bend tines a few times and in the process of re-straightening them (a difficult task) I have never broken one off. I Also, in years of hard use I have never broken the wooden handle on one either.Buy it at Amazon

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