Easy assembly took 30 minutes. Easy to operate, but difficult to shift gears. The engine started the first time. Tines broke up compacted dirt easily. After two passes, broke up into fine dirt with a depth of six inches. I was planting tomatoes and needed a depth of eight inches, so made a total of four passes which gave me that depth.
June 18, 2014
It's just OK.
When I received the tiller, I found that the "drive/engage" control lever was installed ABOVE the handle (and not BELOW the handle). I thought that was weird and I immediately questioned the quality control at Husqvarna. Then, the 2nd time I used the tiller it suddenly stopped moving forward, though the engine was running fine. I found that the drive pulley had fallen off the drive shaft! After remounting the pulley it of course worked fine again. But who put this particular machine together? While I was reinstalling the pulley, I noticed the frame nearest the front counter-balance weight was missing some metal! It was as if the factory had purposely ground off a crack in the frame rather than scrapping the whole frame and starting anew. Had I bought this machine from a local dealer, I would have returned it as defective. But I bought it online and didn't want to deal with the hassle of returning it. I'll be watching the frame and if a crack develops, I'll just weld something over it I suppose. The other troublesome thing about this machine is the way that it is difficult to get the transmission into gear. Others have reported the same problem, so that is not specific to my particular machine (I can deal with it but I don't like it).
June 5, 2014
Had the first one home & used for about 15 minutes before the tines stopped turning. Contacted the seller who had me bring it in. They gave me a new one saying they have had trouble with these being returned for the same issue. Worry that this will not last. Hoped buying a brand name would help ensure a trouble free product. Growing season in Montana is very short. Could have had garden planted by now but for this problem. Disappointed to say the least. Handle needs to be longer as well. Have to stoop to use- even with adjustment still not long enough.
May 16, 2014
great tiller for smaller gardens
Purchased to till our 25' by 40' garden. The 14" tiller is perfect and we can easily handle the tiller. Both my husband and I used the tiller - and both got great results. Had used an old 17" rear-tine tiller in the past and tilling was a huge challenge for my husband in our smaller sized garden which is bounded on all sides by concrete walks. I would strongly recommend this tiller for those with smaller gardens and especially for operators who want to be in control of their tiller. Both my husband and I LOVE this tiller.
May 8, 2014
"out of Luck"
My tiller was purchased brand new from Pacific tractor in Hillsboro Oregon. It never shifted easily and after 8 uses (8hrs) i took it back to the dealer for a check up. They told me the transmission is forever broke and there are no parts to fix it!!!!
Guess i'll not go back there, unless it's to throw the thing in the parking lot!!!
April 13, 2014
Had my last tiller 20 years, decided it was time for a new one. Did much research and the CRT900 seemed to have best value for required capabilities. Well-made, powerful, neutral and reverse gears. Great tiller, recommend.
March 12, 2014
Husqvarna CRT900 tiller
After ~5 hrs of use, very pleased with the tiller. Assembly out of very sturdy shipping box was easy. Tiller did well in hard, pebble-laden soil as well as in sodded area. Relatively easy to control after a couple hours of use. Doing several passes with increasing tilling depth rather than attempting to do everything in one pass makes it easier on man (or woman) and machine. Shifting transmission is a little balky, annoying sometimes. Engine stopped right away when big pebbles/rocks blocked tines, without breaking anything or cutting shear pins - which is good IMHO. Engine is easy to start so far. Changing oil is somewhat messy as there's no extension of the drain to put a container under. Engine came WITH oil (B&S engine manual says otherwise). Mechanical impression: weakest part is transmission - feels insubstantial compared to the rest of the machine.
Not so pleased with dealer (L) where tiller was bought - unreliable delivery.
September 9, 2013
It is a beast
I have had this tiller now for 12 years and still going strong. had only one issue and that was a bad gear from the factory but customer service took care of me and my tiller. What can you say bad about a company that stands behind what they sell. I have also hit a couple of bricks in the yard where I wanted the garden and BROKE them with no problem. (I would not recommend trying it) this says something about how durable it is and tilling I placed it in the yard on grass that had been there for years and tilled it up as deep as it would go on the first pass. Try that anyone else. looked like there was no grass to start. I'll put this tiller against any tiller out there. hands down it is one of the best.
August 25, 2013