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Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator Tiller Review

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If you want your garden soil to be in prime condition, the Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator and Tiller is an invaluable tool to have. Because this workhorse is gas-powered, you do not have to worry about using multiple extension cords to reach your flowerbeds or garden.

It can cut into the soil up to 8 inches deep and has a max cutting width of 10 inches. While the tilling width and depth are not as much as other tillers in its class, it exceeds the needs of homeowners with small plots of land. 

This cultivator and tiller have enjoyed high ratings in both professional and consumer written reviews, and it is not difficult to understand why. 


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    The tilling depth and width are adjustable, which makes it ideal for a variety of applications.
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    This model offers multiple features that contribute to its ease of use, including clutch control, variable speed, and a well-designed throttle.
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    The tilling width can be set to either 6 inches or 10 inches.


  • Reviewers have noted that the till often requires several attempts to start.
  • This model needs to warm up before it can be used in order to avoid stalling during use.


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    This tiller can be used for aerating, mixing, and weeding.
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    The on-board wheels can be adjusted to provide for easy transport.
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    The overhand design of the controls reduces the amount of jumping and bouncing that occurs while it is running.
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    The 43cc, 2 cycle Viper engine is the most powerful in its class.
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    Earthquake provides a 5-year warranty on each model sold.


Straight out of the box, the Earthquake MC43 will require some assembly before it can be used. The assembly instructions are well-written and straightforward to follow. There are no special tools needed to assemble it. The wingnuts and bolts can easily be tightened by hand.

Fully assembled, this cultivator tiller weighs in at just over 33 pounds – making it heavier than most other models in its class. However, this con is offset by the model’s powerful 43cc, 2 cycle Viper engine. The engine is the heart and soul of the unit, and it is what easily powers the model thorough clay-like and compacted soil. This tiller does much more than merely overturn dirt. It can also be used to aerate soil, weed gardens, and mix fertilizer into the soil. The tines themselves have a maximum speed of 250 rotations per minute.

Tilling garden soil offers much more than simply making it easier to plant seeds. It also enables water to reach plant roots much easier, which contributes to your garden’s overall health and vitality. Because it has a gas-powered engine, users aren’t tethered to an electrical cord, which increases the cultivator tiller’s versatility. However, users will need to ensure that they are using the appropriate types of gasoline and oil, as well as the correct ratios. All of this information is provided in the user’s manual. The unit does come with a 2.6 oz bottle of oil, which already has a fuel stabilizer added to it, so the tiller is ready to use immediately.

Unlike other cultivator tillers in its class, this particular model does not have an electric starting system. Instead, it has a recoil starting system. In order for it to start, the cord will need to be pulled. The cord is located on the right-hand side of the engine, and the clutch control is located on the right handle. Reviewers have stated that it can take several pulls of the cord before the engine starts. For most buyers, this won’t pose a problem, but if a person has physical limitations, he or she will need to take this into account before buying.

Other notable features of the Earthquake MC43 include:

  • A tethered fuel cap to prevent accidental loss
  • Tine removal can be performed without tools
  • The adjustable drag stake works with varying depths
  • Overhand controls that can be adjusted to match the height of the user

Earthquake provides a 5 year, limited warranty on each model it sells. The warranty is among the longest warranties on the market today and serves as a sign of the confidence the manufacturer has in the product they’ve created.


All in all, the Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator and Tiller is readily maneuverable and convenient. For a gas-powered cultivator tiller, it has a rather affordable price tag. Though it does emit exhaust and tends to be rather loud while in use, the amount of power the engine provides cannot be surpassed. Its versatility makes it an excellent buy, and its tilling depth and width makes it suitable for use in different size and types of gardens.

About the author

Matt Hagens

Hi, I'm Matt the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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