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    Frontier Rotary Tiller RT1173 - Gear or Chain Drive?

    Does anyone know for certain whether the Frontier RT1173 is gear or chain driven? I am working on the purchase of a 4066R along with the RT1173. The dealer told me it was gear driven (he looked online at the brochure - see below). BUT, the manual I read on the internet says it is chain driven. I tend to believe the manual. I would rather stay away from a chain drive as I plan to till several acres with it. See pictures for conflicting info - the "Technical Specifications" is taken from the Frontier manual for the RT-1173 - there are several references in the manual to the tiller being chain driven.

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    I would believe the operators manual, everything else is sales info.
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    I went to an AG store and got a gear drive tiller for less money than the Frontier model. Mine is a Hawkline, but it's identical to the CountyLine TSC had. Made by Behlen in Columbus Nebraska.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 636mullet View Post
    I went to an AG store and got a gear drive tiller for less money than the Frontier model. Mine is a Hawkline, but it's identical to the CountyLine TSC had. Made by Behlen in Columbus Nebraska.

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    When the Frontier RT1173 is delivered this week (hopefully), I am going to look at the manual that ships with it. If the manual says it is chain driven, then I will tell them to keep it. I knew up front that the tiller cost more than other tillers, but was hoping that it was more durable. Obviously, if it is chain driven and Frontier can't get there documentation straight, it ain't worth a hoot to me. I will go to the local RuralKing and put in an order for a King Kutter 6 ft tiller. Much cheaper and it is gear driven.
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