I like the Honda engine option, should prove to be a long lasting engine. Would like the wheels to drive at variable speed with tines engaged. Also faster transport speed to get from shed to garden would be nice, but not too big a deal.
Front tine is a much nicer way to till the garden.
October 23, 2012
Through roots and all
The Honda engine starts easily on initial start up as well as after stalling it. The transmission is a little tricky. Sometimes it takes a couple of attempts to get it into the correct location. If it is in between gears and you try to engage the drive belt, the engine will lug down and nothing else happens. The tiller works good, even though it gave me a good workout breaking up the clay soil and I had to go across the 20+ degree slope. It would have been easier if I could have gone up and down the slope. It even chewed though some tree roots up to about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. A few times, the roots came loose and caught in the tines and killed the engine. But what can one expect? Cleared the root and the engine started on the first pull every time. Where I could go on level ground, it was very easy to maneuver. Great machine. I wish the engineers had designed a storage location for the extra shear pins and clips that were supplied. The plastic top of the handles has plenty of space to create such a storage bin or just molded in holes that the pins could drop through and the clips could hold them in. I think this was a missed opportunity.
October 17, 2012
I have owned many tillers before, one with the rotor in front of passive wheels, and one that is installed behind a garden tractor. The DRT900H design is as efficient as the garden tractor one. The wheel drive assure plenty of hold on the propulsion produced by the tiller blades and if the holding bar is properly adjusted, the first pass is quite efficient. When I was a kid, my father own a very old model which had a very useful feature: it was possible to swing the handles sideway which allows the driver to be located outside the path of tilled earth. I would have liked to find such a feature in the DRT900H. The rotation of the tiller blades can be faster or it can benefits of two front speeds instead of only one to adapt to the hardness of the soil. It should be useful, and improve the security of its use, to transfer the gas-control at the handles. In an emergency situation, it can be difficult to reach the gas command located on the motor, which is the only way to stop the engine. Shifting is not easy, but I found that lifting the back of the tiller in order to free the rotor from the ground help. In overall, it is an efficient tiller and with very little improvments, it can be close to be perfect.
October 16, 2012
The Transmission is the Problem or is it the assembly
Purchased new in March 2012. Was used to till a previously tilled garden area. After approximately three hours of operation the machine would no longer dig.The drive wheels would function, both forward and reverse but the tines would not turned. The shear pins were not broke. Sometimes the tines would try to engage only enough to allow it to freewheel if not touching the ground. The store where purchased replaced the unit with another new identical model but its been four weeks and I have not even put gas in to start the engine. Why is that?, because I want to save my three hours of run time until this one breaks for next year.
August 11, 2012
The unit is easy to start- first pull every time. A throttle control on the handle bar would be helpful; the unit can take off on you in forward till mode, even with the drag bar down. Gears are sometimes difficult to shift in to, and the belt gets caught and burns. The back scrape flap needs to have some provision so that the height can be adjusted rather than just always "full down." In reverse till mode this machine does a fine job even on deep rooted weeds. It seems to be well balanced and is fairly easy to control despite its narrow footprint. It definetely makes life easier working our .25 acre garden and we see no reason why it will not perform well when we double the garden next year.
July 17, 2012
This tiller does a great job of breaking ground and tilling loose soil also. The one thing I would like to see changed is the tines can not be moved from one side to the other to thro the dirt out to row up a garden. this could be done by putting the hole for the pin in the center of the tines.
July 17, 2012
Run's well and did the job, but...
I tilled a 30' x 36' area for a garden and only being the second year tilled it had a few rocks. The product performed well throughout and shut itself down a few times when larger rocks were discovered so barely any damage was done. I say barely because what I noticed is that the housing/shield around the tines was impacted on a bolt that sits behind the wheels so the housing bent and actually rubbed the tire. I had to get out a bar and pry the housing away from the tire for it to turn again. All in all the tiller worked great. I just wish the shield was constructed with tubed/angled steel so it wouldn't bend as easily or even have more of a gap between the tires so that when it bent it wouldn't rub.
June 20, 2012
It's a tiller
It tills. I has plenty of power, seems well built, usually starts on the first pull and handles good. My only complaints are that the Honda engine does not want to idle steadyand that the spring in the engage lever is very stiff. Over-all seems to be a good product compared to what is being offered my competiters.
June 15, 2012