Sthil Yardboss Review

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MFNA, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. MFNA

    MFNA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Looking to purchase a Sthil yardboss to turn over beds before mulch. Does anyone own this machine? if so is it worth it?
  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    What is the yard boss???
  3. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

  4. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    I had one, and sold it on eBay after two years (bought it used, and made a few bucks selling it too, so I can't complain about it holding it's value).
    I never used any attachments except the pick tine cultivator, and the wheel kit (which is a must have).
    I had the bed edger wheel, but it never left the box (it just happened to come with it).

    For what it is, its a very good machine, and it is oh so portable. It's every bit as good as a Mantis, with similar options, but the Honda FG220 which I replaced it with cultivates the same 15x20 garden in half the time (which isn't surprising, since it's twice the machine, although with many less "options").

    On the plus side:
    Very light.
    Plenty of power for cultivating (it's just Stihl 55 powerhead, but for whatever reason it's more than enough to do what it needs to).
    It had many attachments available (the thatcher and sweeper come to mind first).
    It is made MUCH better than similar looking mini-tillers.
    The weight and balance worked very well, and the position of the engine kept the weight over the toolhead, keeping bouncing to a minimum (except when you hit larger roots).

    Some things that may be a pro to some, and a con to others:
    It's small.
    It's 2 cycle.

    I can't really say anything bad, except that it was small and took longer to get the job done than a larger machine. I would still have it, if I hadn't found the Honda on clearance for $250, knowing that I could get over $300 for the yardboss (which I eventually got on eBay, because all I got was lowballers on craigslist at first).
  5. lawnangel1

    lawnangel1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 601

    Great review. The yardboss is a nice little machine.

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