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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/troybilt/tillers/pro-line-crt-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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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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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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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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I bought a 6 HP Troy-Built Horse with a Tecumseh engine on it back in 1980. I still have it and still use it every Spring, Summer and Fall. I did custom garden tilling with it the first four years I had it. I've turned a lot of soil with that machine.

I've never had a problem with it. I've replaced the tines and a set of tires once. Other than that, I change oil in it every other year and run premium gas with Seafoam in it. It still runs like champ. Starts on the first pull.

I don't know if Troy-Built still makes them like they used to, but no one is getting mine until they pry my cold dead fingers off the grips.

I hope this helps.

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I've got a Troy Built Horse with a 7 horse all cast iron Kohler my dad bought new in '79. It works like a charm. It has been a work horse, used every year and doesn't miss a beat.
 

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Honda.
 

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Needing to buy a new walk behind tiller,, got any ideas had a Troy bilt bronco
If you did not buy one yet BCS which is an Italian made unit was so nice. Great machine. I do not remember what the motor was but was 6 HP. It is a walk behind tractor all gear and clutch, no belts.
Good luck buying MTD. Everything made by them is junk.
 

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I have an MTD you can have. All ya gotta do is come and get it. Sadly Troy-bilt is now junk these days IMO. They're now owned by MYD too. I love the 60" king Kutter I have for the 3-point though. It's made here in the states and works awesome.
 

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My grandparents had a Troy-Bilt back before MTD owned them. That thing would go through concrete. I put a lot of dirt through that thing. I rented a Troy bilt a couple years that had the reverse tones and it was junk. Tines wouldn't dig and tires wouldn't pull.

I've got a front tine Earthquake tiller that has been great. They make rear tine ones as well. I'm looking for a smaller rear tine to use between the rows after planting to replace my front time. I was looking at the Husqvarna.


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I think we are going to try the 24"? Mantis. Should work well for high speed passes between rows to kill weeds. We are doing 36" wide rows next year. Did 24" this year by straddling 2 rows with cultivator. Just wasn't able to do it very long for fears of flattening plants with the R4s

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Mantis makes a 24" wide tiller? The Mantis we had when we lived in Iowa was only 9" wide and wouldn't till anything but bare dirt.


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Oops, misspoke. It's a 16". We are going to just use it for weed control. Breaking ground will be done with the Deere.
 
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