"I purchased the Roughneck Tamper 10" x 10", to flatten ground ready for paving slabs. It is an excellent workhorse and easy to use with the fibreglass shaft and comfort handle. It flattened the mix of earth and gravel easily, and only required tamping twice. The earth is now compact enough to lay the paving slabs. I am very pleased with the purchase which should last for years to come."
"I read the reviews about the fibreglass shaft, handle, not being very strong and breaking, but I used it to tamp down some pretty horrible chalk with large, very large stones, and had no problems whatsoever.
"Yes I have had one for 6 months now, it is essential to make sure the ground is essentially flat that you are tamping down. If you hit any large stones with the outside edge of your tamper the shaft will bend. Yes my shaft is now broken and split aswell"
"I'm a garden designer, and do my best to use hand tools rather than power tools for my work.I recently installed a ballast base for a clients patio/shed, and by the end of the job the shaft of the tamper was cracked. I haven't yet returned it to my local Screwfix, and don't anticipate any problems for this. Up to the point of the cracked shaft it worked brilliantly, but I would have expected it to last far longer than this. I'll likely give another a go, but certainly more reluctant this time around."
"The tamper looks good and works well with a very robust head, unfortunately all the stories about the shaft breaking are true. After 20 mins tamping I started to notice a looseness in the head, upon inspection I saw lots of vertical cracks around the whole circumference of the shaft as it exits the tool. It's quickly getting worse. I'll have to return it, just hope there's enough life in it to finish the job. A real shame, with a better steel handle it would last for years."
"Despite previous reviews saying that the handle was weak, I purchased the 10" x 10" Tamper to compact soft soil that had been dug over and rotavated prior to laying turf. The Tamper gave great results, compacting the soil well but after a few minutes I noticed hairline crack's appearing at the bottom of the handle shaft. By the time I had completed 2 m², the cracks had become far worse and I stopped before the head parted company with the shaft. After less then two hours of buying the tool, I have returned it to screw fix and had a refund (their customer service is excellent). I don't feel that this tool is fit for the purpose that it's designed for and would not recommend it, unless the handle design is changed for something more robust."
"This must be by far the most poorly designed and constructed... its that bad it's not even a tool it's an over sized paper weight. I got two tamps out of it from maybe a foot off the floor the shaft split on the first and the end fell off on the second. This item is awful and should not be sold to the public."
"THIS IS USELESS!! The fibreglass handle is hollow apart from approximate 5" at the screwed tamper end. Which is also a short (5"), rod of fibreglass, held to the hollow hand with a single rivet with a hard rubberised screw type connector which screws into the tamper! consequently, the handle splits at the tamper end and the tamper comes away from the handle. Try and unscrew the broken end from the tamper to replace the handle!!! Not easy is the understatement of the century!! I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH, DO NOT BUY."