Tube bends easily, 02-Nov-2014
I like the tool but after around 400 holes in one day, one handle started to bend down and deform. I doubt that I will be able to use this much longer without breaking a handle off and ruining the tool....I have chosen to upgrade my review to 4 stars. A company representative contacted me to let me voice my concerns about the tool. He also gave me a little background on why the deformation happened and how to prevent it from happening further. Needless to say, my problem happened because I am super muscular and may have manhandled the tool too much. Well, at least that is what I told my wife the rep said...
Tips and Troubleshooting: Bending of the area around the handle bars can often be caused by using excessive downward pressure with the upper body, mainly arms and shoulders, in an effort to "push" the planting tool into the ground. It is recommended to let your body weight and gravity do most of the work by stepping down on the footpegs (see instruction decal on the tool). The purpose of the handlebars are to position and hold the tool while stepping down on the pegs as well as the twisting action and pulling up on the tool once the hole is dug.
... have planted almost 100 bulbs and this planter is great!, 25-Oct-2014
purchased this spring for fall bulb planting I have planted almost 100 bulbs and this planter is great!