We took it in the spring - we had never had such an instrument before. I will say for sure - much more convenient than using a shovel to dig the earth. Sod, of course, will not take, but the cultivated area is easy. It is very convenient to use, as you do not get tired of a shovel so accurately. It loosens the soil perfectly, the processing depth is sufficient, while it is inexpensive. At first, they wanted to take a mechanical one on electricity or gasoline, but nevertheless they did the right thing that they did not overpay and took the one working on "one human strength." For a small area - what the doctor ordered, in the fall we will use it to prepare for winter.