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    Walk behind tiller

    Needing to buy a new walk behind tiller,, got any ideas had a Troy bilt bronco

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    Don't get a Cub Cadet RT-65. For that matter, most of the tillers of that style made by MTD have one major flaw, the gearbox is filled with grease (well, there is some amount of grease in it) and the top input shaft is above the grease so any moisture that gets in there can condense on the shaft and cause rust which makes it impossible to shift between the gears. Cub Cadet considers this user abuse and it voids the warranty. Tractor Supply keeps these tillers outside on display and if any water gets in them, the warranty will be void from the day you purchase it.

    I had this happen and argued and yelled at several levels of customer service folks and they all said tough luck. Of course, to find this out you have to have a service center split the gearbox, and when it comes back as a voided warranty you either have to throw away a $800 tiller, or pay a service charge for the service center's work to split the tiller. I finally got Cub Cadet to pay for the service charge, and took the tiller home and spent a Saturday wire brushing the surface rust off of everything inside the gearbox and putting it all back together. I have to say though, it now operates smoother than when I bought it, probably because it was already rusting when I brought it home.

    The only reason I sprung for the "high-end" Cub Cadet was because it came with a Honda engine, and the new RT-65 tillers come with a Cub Cadet engine, so I wouldn't even bother getting one.

    It is a poor design and I will never purchase another Cub Cadet product.
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    I went through he same thing about 2 weeks ago. I used a friends reverse tine husqvarna and it was nice and easy to handle compared to our troy built pony that likes to run away.

    So I bought the RT-65 and ti worked very nice for the 10 minutes I used it. Honda engine was simple to start and seemed great. I went out the next day after I used it and found oil leaking out of each side of the axle. Not cool. I returned it to tractor supply and was told that they have to send it in for service and as long as its not deemed abuse they will let me return it. Still waiting.

    Do not buy the rt-65 cub cadet or any MTD built tiller.

    Also, unless you only til up sandy soil, I would look for a counter rotating tine tiller. I am going to look at this http://www.troybilt.com/equipment/tr...-garden-tiller
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    My parents and friends have had good luck with any Troy-Bilt stuff they own. That model looks pretty good. Any idea how the gearbox is set up or what it's filled with? The MTD design is horrible.

    I should have posted my Cub Cadet rant when it happened this past spring to save you the trouble of buying one. I hope it all works out, but if they find rust, you'll be screwed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Also, unless you only til up sandy soil, I would look for a counter rotating tine tiller.
    I can confirm this. I've got a repowered TroyBilt Horse and it is quite a handful in my dense clay soil. I spend most of my time trying to slow it down and and the end of a session my hands, wrists and fore arms are very sore.
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    If you need a heavy duty and expensive walk behind tiller, Barreto makes some tough machines. Made in Oregon with Honda engines. Get some free brochures from the company or just check their website. They are designed and built for the rental market.

    When I've grown organic produce on a large scale, there's still the need to go back and till after planting/transplanting . There's not always enough room for a tractor to fit, so a walk behind tiller is a must. Goldoni, which are built in Italy, are also very tough machines. Don't know if there are still any dealers in the states. That brand has tiller attachments for straddling young rows of plants. Lots of implements.
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    Lise this Green and Red Man? (Not mine a rental)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    Lise this Green and Red Man? (Not mine a rental)

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    Yip, that's it. Don't recall if the 1320 is their biggest model or not.

    I mentioned the Goldoni brand earlier. Looks like Ferrari may have bought them out, but it appears that certain products are still available.

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    Walk behind tiller

    How about one of these? Pretty expensive but like anything else you get what you pay for.

    http://m.powerequipment.honda.com/tillers/models/frc800

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    Wow, those are some monsters! I like them, but they start getting too wide. The cheesey Cub Cadet is only 16" or 18" wide. If I start getting up over 20". I may as well just use the tiller behind my old 110 garden tractor. I'm not sure how wide the OP is looking for.
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