"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."
"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."