A quick note this my first rear tine tiller and I have had great performance with other Husqvarna products like there chain saws and the brush cutters. This tiller did the job i needed on my 3/4 acre garden, but there is a few issues I have with it. First issue was flimsiness, the choke adjuster on the carburetor is plastic and feels soft and ready to break. I have to put it in half choke on almost every start but not to big of an issue and it always starts in 1 to 2 pulls. I hit a couple of rocks the first day I used it and dented the tine housing. The handle bar is wobbly and all the bolts are tight do to the design gaps of the attachment area. Another issue I am having is the undercarriage is like a plow when you are in deep reverse or forward tine mode. The dirt packs up under the axle in just a few feet of tilling because of how low the transmission housing sets under the tiller covering the drive gears. This lifts the tiller up causing the tines to not dig into the soil. For this same reason this machine DOES NOT LIKE SOD in any direction and depth of the tines. It will break up the sod very well in shallow depth but I had to rake the sod up and discard before I started to till. Another issue is this tiller does not like even the slightest uneven ground it will slide in the down hill direction side ways making it hard to hold a strait line. Find the fall line and run straight up and down it and this is not a problem. The tiller has bad traction, I have to help it along quite a lot when I get to the deeper operation of tilling or soft soil. The transmission is hard to shift from one direction to the next and you need to rock the tiller back and forth quite often to get it to shift to forward and reverse and between tine directions. When it is in gear it is solid and works great. Once you understand some of these issues and can plan around them the tiller is good. There is plenty of power, the sheer pins are easy to replace and I have had to replace a couple already from rocks, so by extras, the tiller comes with 2. The tine operation in either direction works well. The engine is great on fuel economy and goes for several hours on one fill. It does very well on Virgin hard soil in any depth of the tines and I would recommend this product but I wish I had done more home work and asked more questions before I made the purchase.
June 14, 2012
After using a front tine tiller for several years, I decided to buy a rear tine tiller. I compared this tiller to a Troybuilt. Husqvarna won hands down. The Troy had flemsy, thin tubular handles that looked like trouble in the future. My tiller starts easy everytime, tears the ground up into powder, even in untilled soil. My wife even loves to operate it. My dealer checked everything out, filled it with gas and even gave me a great hat! Great machine, great value, good job guys.
June 13, 2012
This product handles the heavy work
Our DRT900 was utilized for initial garden setup in an area that had not been cultivated in 20+ years. In setting up our garden, we found out once we ran the Husky over the area, that apparently an automotive shop had previously existed on this site. We excavated everything from shock absorbers to steering shafts, copper tubing, axe heads, logging chain, etc. - and through it all - the DRT900 did not stall or shut down. Once the initial area had been established, the garden was planted, and the Husky was utilized for ongoing maintenance purposes. In this capacity, the DRT900 was gentle enough that my wife, who has been disabled with back related issues for 20+ years, was able to operate it with absolutely no difficulty. This product is great, and has met and indeed, exceeded, our expectations! But for this product, my wife could not have enjoyed her wonderful garden. This Husky has made it possible for my wife to enjoy her garden on a daily basis. Now the only remaining question is the Husky's reliability; however, if the initial operation is any indication, we are looking forward to man years of reliable service.
June 8, 2012
Unloaded my new tiller and commenced tillering. Made one pass in the garden and the drive belt came off, took to dealer and pulley needed adjustment. Back tillering and finding that the rear shield is very flimsy, already getting bent from stones, etc. Keep in mind this tiller is suppposed to be designed for heavy duty jobs, including breaking sod.
June 5, 2012
Great tine action
I am Troybilt person and have been for over 35 years. My 5hp pony broke down and I needed a tiller fast. I went to Lowes and the Husqvarna was setting next to the troybilts. I checked out on line and decided to try it because of the reverse tilling action and forward culltivating feature. When I put this tiller in the garden it started tilling and unlike the troybilt did not jump. I am still adjusting to using the machine but the only thing that comes to mind is that the handle for the power vibrates down and so it loses power. this may just need carb. adjustment. But so far very pleased. I may swithch all my power equipment to husqvarna
May 31, 2012
I have used the tiller to till up sod and weeds in old coral. The dual direction tiller feature lets the tiller do more of the work.
May 8, 2012
Dual Rotating Tines Work Great
Tiller does a great job of breaking up hard soil. Starts easily and has lots of power for a big garden. My only complaint is that it takes a lot of effort to squeeze the tine control with the left hand, making it nearly impossible to keep engaged for more than 15 minutes. I had to improvise with a collar to slip over the control when I am using the tiller for longer periods of time.
May 7, 2012
Tearing it up!!
This tiller is so easy to use! We've doubled the size of our vegetable garden and added a butterfly garden in very little time. I'm looking to see what patch of grass I can tear through next!!
May 3, 2012