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Electronic Soil Tester

The dual-purpose Electronic Soil Tester is designed to test soil pH balances and nutrient levels by reading the combined total of nitrogen, phosphorus and potash in the soil. This tester can be reused for convenience.
Overall rating:
1.5 / 5
1.5
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5
(6 reviews) 6
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17%of customersrecommend this product1 of 6reviews
Rating Breakdown 6 reviews
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17%of customersrecommend this product1 of 6reviews
Customer reviews for Electronic Soil Tester
Review 1 for Electronic Soil Tester
from ny
Age Range:25 to 34
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:DIYer

Pure Junk

PostedAugust 10, 2013
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No, I do not recommend this product.
I should have known something that didn't even require batteries would be junk.
I fallowed instructions to the letter and this meter, no matter the conditions, it barely moves one way or the other. I wanted to see if I was right about the product so I put it to the test. I put it in pure wet fertilizer and it barely moves off center. Put it in a lemon and it shows a ph of 6. Put it in a cup of baking soda and water and it has a ph of 7, yea right.
Don't waist your money!
Cons: highly inaccurate
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+2points
3out of 4found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Electronic Soil Tester
from Lancaster, SC
Age Range:65 or over
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Gender:Female
Home Improvement Profile:DIYer

This product does not work

PostedMarch 25, 2014
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1 out of 5
No, I do not recommend this product.
I read all the reviews for this product, but I decided to purchase it anyway. Wrong decision. I read the instructions & followed them exactly several times & in different areas, but the meter did not work. It did not move off of 7. Do not purchase. Save your $14.00 plus tax.
Pros: not any pros
Cons: does not work
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Electronic Soil Tester
from Hialeah. Fl
Age Range:35 to 44
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:Professional

Waste of money

PostedMay 20, 2014
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No, I do not recommend this product.
The PH Meter reads 7 for everything. Waste of money
Cons: doesn't work
+2points
2out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Electronic Soil Tester
from south florida
Age Range:65 or over
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:DIYer

Terrible !

PostedSeptember 25, 2014
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No, I do not recommend this product.
Piece of junk. I will be taking it back. To test it's responsiveness I placed the unit in a glass of vinegar, it would not read lower than 6.5
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0out of 0found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Electronic Soil Tester
from Brandon, MS
Age Range:35 to 44
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:DIYer

Good for testing SOIL

PostedMarch 20, 2012
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4 out of 5
This is for testing Soil. It is not for stuff like the gardenese "topsoil" nor mulch nor orange juice, it is for Dirt. "Organic matter" like wood chips and plant material interfere with the testing and may return invalid measurements.
You MUST read the directions and follow them.
Also good to note, this measures the Combined total of nitrogen, phosphorus and potash as "Fertility." If you want a detailed soil analysis of your garden soil mix - hire someone. If not, you should use the one-time soil tests with the little vials for every factor.
 
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+25points
32out of 39found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Electronic Soil Tester
from Tooele, UT, USA
Age Range:25 to 34
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:DIYer

Doesn't work AND falls apart--don't waste your time.

PostedMay 20, 2013
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No, I do not recommend this product.
"The Soil Tester" just plain didn't work. I followed all the directions to the letter several times. The meter read 7 pH for everything except for a weak bleach solution when it went to 9 pH for a second and then dropped back to 7. I used litmus paper to verify that the unit was not functioning.
It instructs you to polish the aluminum probe with the included green cleaning pad. When I applied a little pressure the probe fell out. It's not designed to be disassembled--there are no screws on the back.
It's a piece of junk that they are betting most people won't bother to return. The $10 model is so bad in fact, that it's not even available on the Ferry-Morse website. I think they're ashamed of it.
At this time it's got one good review and one (my) bad review. Maybe you have a 50/50 chance of getting one that actually does what it says before it breaks!
Thankfully, Home Depot's return policy is great!
Cons: Not Durable, does not work as advertised.
+4points
4out of 4found this review helpful.