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Which garden tiller to buy
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Lincoln    Posted 04-09-2003 at 15:46:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm looking for a new rear tine garden tiller. Sears has a Craftsman 6.5 hp 17 inch one on sale for $579.00. Wal-mart has a Yard Machine 6.5 hp 16 inch one for $549.00. Anybody had any expierence with either of these, or suggestion for another brand? Thanks

M. D. Crisp    Posted 11-24-2003 at 10:42:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 7 HP sears that is about 3 years old with about 20 to 25 hours of use. Transmission is out - the local repair shop said it is not worth fixing! I recommend staying away from the sears products.

Valerie    Posted 07-18-2003 at 21:28:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just bought a TroyBuilt Bronco, rear tinetiller, with a 5hp Briggs motor. All I ever head was such good things about Troy Built so I thought I couldn't go wrong. Well it's going back!!! It does ok scraching the surface of untilled ground or in already tilled soil but it has a tendency to lurch forward. I set the depth to as shallow as possible thinking this would help but still the same. I almost drug me through the garden and I had to let go of it!! I have heard others having the same problem with this size machine. I thought I would give it 1 more chance and tried to till along my house for a border garden and was going along ok and it suddenly lurched forward right out of my hands and ran into my house putting a hole in the siding!! I am going to get a MTD rear tine like my great and NEVER has them problems! I'm just having a problem finding one....any help?? The WalMarts near me don't have them this year nor are they availuable at or Home Depot.

Jim in Michigan    Posted 04-11-2003 at 13:55:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a rear tine that was marketed by coast to coast stores,,not sure what brand it is, but it is pure crap,, the tines are made to turn opposite the drive wheels which make it so the machine will not move,, you have to really work to use it,,Its only a few years old and has been used maybe 8 hours...I hate it and have lately been using my very old front tine since it does such a better job,,,Jim

Joe    Posted 04-16-2004 at 09:30:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your Coast to Coast is a MTD. If it was made in the 80's the number should be around 4075B163B. I agree it is not the best design (especially the sealed chain drive) however for the little amount I use it it's still going strong.

dave    Posted 04-10-2003 at 05:03:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not know just what your needs are but I know of no one that is not happy with the small little Mantis tillers.It would shock you what they can do.dave

Aaron    Posted 06-29-2003 at 14:27:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have one of those tilers they are awsome you can get right between you rows WITHOUT a whole lot of aslo can get several attachments for the mantis also...I rate the mantis AAA++++++


Donna from Mo    Posted 04-10-2003 at 03:38:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I love my Ariens; We bought it used about 20 years ago, and have put a new motor on it once. We've had good luck with Sears tillers too. With proper maintanance, that type of tiller will last 10 or 12 years, at least. My husband is a stickler for keeping things tuned up, and winterized when not in use; so lawn mowers and tillers last us longer than they do many folks. I'm sure Troybilt and Gravely are wonderful, but unless you have a huge garden, it's hard to justify the cost, I would think.

Joe Ledford    Posted 05-11-2008 at 08:17:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an Ariens Rocket VII. I would like to know where I could find tines for it. If you have any information where to find any parts please emial me the phone number.

walt    Posted 04-09-2003 at 16:54:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My father-in-law swears by his TroyBilt.

rhouston    Posted 04-11-2003 at 13:53:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
got a Troybuilt pony about 10 years old. toughest little thing. I heard somewhere that MTD owns them now. maybe a used one ???

Spence    Posted 04-09-2003 at 15:53:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gravelly has a tough machine as well and I've seen their name come up often in homestead magazines. There is a real solid Italian machine on the market right now and it's popular where
they need reliability as in rental outlets, but the name escapes me.

The Gravelly comes with various attachments, handy for snow removal and cultivation. This machine is a heavy unit something like 9HP and front engine mounted.

Duke(WNY)    Posted 04-09-2003 at 17:18:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Troybuilt went bankrupt and the name has been bought out - by MTD I think - something to watch out for.

Linda    Posted 04-10-2003 at 15:19:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know what MTD's track record is of late, but I have a 5 hp MTD tiller that I bought in the early 1980's and it's still going strong.

My MTD 20 hp garden tractor has served us well for all kinds of mowing and hauling, and I bought it about 12 years ago.

Randy    Posted 04-09-2003 at 16:21:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Was BCS the name you couldn't think of?

Spence    Posted 04-10-2003 at 03:31:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's it! Thanks

I rented one from a rental here and it seems to be a tuff machine with no start or other problems.

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