Sun Joe Electric Tiller Review

Sun Joe Electric Tiller And Cultivator – TJ603E vs TJ604E

Reviewed Tiller:  Sun Joe TJ603E

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PROS

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    Offers terrific value for its price
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    Comes with a full 2- year warranty
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    Capable of tilling large amounts of land at once
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    Foldable handles make it very easy to store and transport
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    Possesses very solid construction
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    Easy to turn on and operate
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    Provides fantastic power for its price

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    Not equipped for huge jobs
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    Difficult to use in tight spaces

Available for a very reasonable price, the 603e offers tons in the ways of construction and overall functionality. An electric tiller, it sports a 12-amp motor which can till fairly large areas at one time. Equipped with foldable handles, it’s easy to both maneuver and store away.

Key Features

The Sun Joe TJ603e 16-inch 12-amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator features:

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    Capable of cultivating areas up to 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep at one time, this tiller cover much more area than other tillers in its price range
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    Unlike many tillers, this one comes with foldable handles for quick and easy storage
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    Its wheels can be adjusted in three different ways, allowing it to hit the ground at many different angle configurations
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    Unlike many tillers which come with no warranty, this one comes with a full 2-year warranty
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    Sporting a 12-amp motor, this tiller offers quite a bit more power than other tillers in its price range

Sun Joe TJ603E 16-inch 12-amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator Review

This video shows the Sun Joe TJ603e 16-inch 12-amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator performs:

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    Construction/Design: For the first part of our 603e review, let’s discuss its overall construction and design quality. Compared to the majority of other tillers on the market, this one possesses terrific construction and design quality.

    It offers 6 different hardened steel tines which all hit the surface of the earth at different angles. These tines cover an area of around 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep, allowing them to cultivate quite a bit of land in one fell swoop.

    Equipped with two foldable, steel handles, it’s not only easy to maneuver, but easy to store and transport as well. Weighing in at around 27 pounds, it’s a bit heavy, but still tremendously easy to pick up compared to many other tillers. For its price, it offers about as good of construction and design quality as you’re going to get.
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    Ease of Use: When it comes to ease of use, this tiller is spectacular; especially since it’s available for a very reasonable price.

    A corded electric tiller, it can be turned on with just the press of a button. After it’s been turned on, it roars through soil with little to no effort. All you have to do is guide it and ensure that it’s hitting the spots it’s supposed to hit.

    Capable of adjusting its tines in three different angle configurations, it allows for quite a bit of customization. All in all, for its price, it’s about as easy to use as any other tiller you’re going to find. 
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    Power: Equipped with a 12-amp motor, this tiller provides mid-level power. It’s not designed to cover absolutely huge swaths of land, but will accommodate a small or medium garden with flying colors.

    Because it’s a corded electric tiller, it is restricted by a wire. This might stifle some of its portability, necessitating that you stay in a bit of a condensed area. But if you’ve got electrical outlets in close proximity, it won’t be a problem. For its price, it’s arguably the most powerful electric tiller you’re going to find.
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    Tilling Ability: As far as overall tilling ability goes, the 603e is astounding. It’s capable of covering areas 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep without even having to move. This enables you to cover quite a bit of ground in just a short amount of time.

    Its tines move at speeds of around 340 rotations per minute, destroying soil regardless of how soft or hard it is. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a tiller that does a better job of cultivating land at this price. If you’re looking to till larger areas, you’re going to have to spend a great deal more money. 
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    NoiseIt goes without saying that power tools are noisy. This tiller from Sun Joe is certainly no exception to that rule. But while it’s loud, it’s far from unbearable. It’s a lot quieter than gas-powered tillers, and a great deal quieter than larger tillers as well.

    Sure, it carries with it a bit of an annoying sound, but nothing that’s going to annoy your neighbors all that much. It’s most comparable to a standard push lawn mower; noticeable, but nothing to get in a fuss about. If you’re sensitive to loud noises, you can always drown this tiller out with earplugs. 

Reviewed Tiller:  Sun Joe TJ604E

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    Offers tons of power
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    Capable of tilling large areas of land at once
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    Heavy-duty and durable construction quality
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    Offers tons of functionality for its price
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    Comes with a 2-year warranty
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    Capable of 3 different tine angle adjustments
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    Handles fold up for easy storage and transport

CONS

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    Tends to jump just a little bit
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    Only runs at one speed

A slightly bigger and more powerful sibling of the 603E, the 604E is one of the absolute best tillers on the market today. A corded electric product, it covers swaths of 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep in one fell swoop. Offering tons in the ways of maneuverability and control, it’s can cover both small and large jobs.

Key Features

The Sun Joe TJ604E 16-Inch 13.5 AMP Electric Garden Tiller/Cultivator has the following features:

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    Unlike some tillers which come with no warranty, this one is covered by a 2-year warranty
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    Provides a relatively large tilling area of 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep
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    Sporting a 13.5-amp motor, this tiller provides a great deal more power than other tillers in its price range 
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    While most tillers have set handles, this tiller has foldable handles which allow for easy storage
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    Capable of 3 different tine angle configurations, this tiller is capable of tearing the earth’s surface from many different locations

Sun Joe TJ604E 16-Inch 13.5 AMP Electric Garden Tiller/Cultivator Review

Below, you can see one of many videos on how the Sun Joe TJ603e 16-inch 12-amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator operates:

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    Construction/Design: Our review of the 604e begins with a discussion of its overall construction and design quality. For its price, it’s about as well-constructed and well-designed of a tiller as you’re going to find.

    Equipped with 6 steel tines, it’s designed to break through any soil or roots that it comes into contact with. These steel tines can be angled in different directions so that they can hit the soil from different locations. This enables them to accommodate different types of till styles.

    Its handles are completely foldable, allowing for seamless storage and transport. If you’re looking for an extremely solid tiller at an affordable price, this is the one for you.
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    Ease of Use: When it comes to overall ease of use, the 604e is at the top of the tiller food chain. A corded electric tiller, it starts with just the push of a button; no string pulling or revving is required.

    It offers a large 16 inches wide x 8 inches deep tilling area, enabling you to get quite a bit of work done with minimal effort. It should, however, be noted that, because of its light weight, it tends to hop around a bit. This is not a huge problem, but will make it just a little more difficult to maneuver.

    All in all, for its relatively low price, this is an exceedingly easy-to-use tiller. If you’re looking for something easier to use, you’re going to have to spend a great deal more money.
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    Power: Stocked with a 13.5-amp motor, this tiller breaks through the earth’s crust with little to no hesitation. This enables it to work quickly and effectively.

    A corded electric tiller, it is restricted by a wire, limiting its overall portability. However, as long as you’ve got electrical outlets in close proximity, you can make easy use out of it. For its price, you’d be very lucky to find a tiller with more power. This one is at the apex of power in its price range.
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    Tilling Ability: As far as tilling ability goes, the 604e is far above average. While it’s not equipped to handle large areas (mostly because of the fact that it needs access to a power outlet), it handles small and medium sized areas with ease.

    Its 6 steel tines cut through the earth like a knife through butter, destroying any roots or hard soil they come into contact with. Capable of hacking away 16 inches of width and 8 inches of depth in one fell swoop, it can get jobs done in seemingly no time at all. For its price, you won’t find anything better.
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    Noise: Like the 603e, the 604e is loud, but not unbearably so. In actuality, it’s just a slight tad louder than the 603e. Both tillers could be most reasonably compared to a push lawn mower; noticeable, but not too annoying.

    Your neighbors shouldn’t be overly put off by this machine. And if you yourself are sensitive to loud noises, you can simply just pop in some earplugs.

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MODELS

Now that we’ve discussed the 603e and the 604e separately, let’s talk about how they compare. While these tillers share more than a few similarities, they also possess quite a few differences.

As far as construction quality goes, these tillers are just about identical. Not only are they the same size, but they possess the same amount of tilling tines as well. Both weighing in at around 27 pounds, they are very easy to store, transport, and maneuver. They even possess the same sized tilling swaths: 16 inches wide x 8 inches deep. In addition, they’re both equipped with foldable handles for easy storage.

The primary difference between the two tillers is in their overall power capabilities. Whereas the 603e is equipped with a 12-amp motor, the 604e is equipped with a 13.5-amp motor. While this doesn’t make a huge difference in power, there is some noticeable variation. Namely, the 604e tears through soil faster and more effortless than the 603e.

Whereas the 603e takes quite a bit of guidance for you to keep it on track, the 604e seemingly leads you. Just pull its trigger and allow it to till your land in a very short amount of time.

Their prices are very comparable, with the 604e costing only about 50 dollars more than the 603e. If you’ve got the extra money laying around, you should opt for the 604e. But if you’re trying to buy a quality tiller for the least amount of money possible, the 603e will easily suffice. 


HOW DO THEY COMPARE?

For the next part of our review, let’s compare the Sun Joe electric tiller to other tillers on the market today.

We’ll start by comparing the 604e with the Earthwise TC70016. These tillers possess quite a few similarities, from their motor sizes to their tilling capabilities, and more.

Both tillers are equipped with 13.5-amp motors which do a very good job of tearing through soil and roots. They both can cultivate at depths of around 8 inches and widths of up to 16 inches. Neither one really has the other beat in this department.

The only thing that might be different between the two (aside from price) is construction quality. Overall, the Sun Joe 604e feels just a bit more sturdy than the Earthwise. It’s not much of a difference, but it is a difference. The benefit of the Earthwise is that it’s a little less expensive. Again, it’s not much of a difference, but it is a difference. If you’re looking for slightly stronger construction quality, go with the 604e. If you’re looking to save as much money as possible, go with the Earthwise.

This GreenWorks tiller is an option for those who are only looking to till small gardens. It’s not equipped with as large of a motor as the Sun Joes, sporting only 8 amps of power.

In addition, it’s quite a bit smaller than the Sun Joes, accommodating only 10 inches of tilling width in comparison to the 16 inches of the Sun Joes.

A corded electric tiller, it’s available for just a bit less money than the 603e. Truthfully, between the two, you should go with the 603e. It’s just a bit more money, and offers a lot more in the ways of tilling area and power. It’s really no comparison.

For the last part of our Sun Joe Electric Tiller And Cultivator reviews, we’ll compare them to the VonHaus 12.5-inch 7-amp. Again, the VonHaus is much smaller than both of the Sun Joe Tillers.

And considering that it’s available for just a pittance less than the 603e, it doesn’t even come close to comparing to the Sun Joes.

It doesn’t offer comparable power. It doesn’t offer comparable size. The only thing it does offer is easier storage and transport.  If you’re looking for something small so that it can be stored easily, it will suffice. But if you’re looking for the best quality for price, both Sun Joes wipe the floor with the VonHaus.


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