designed to cause problems
This tiller could be superb and I bought it because I've always had good luck with Sears and Briggs & Stratton engines which this has. However, I've had to have it serviced before and need to do it again even though it's only been used about 6-8 hours total use. Old models of these brands are easy to service and clean the carburetor. However, this engine has a carburetor that must be replaced since it cannot be taken apart like in the past. This means a hefty repair bill instead of an easy cleaning motor and even though my mechanic son who can fix almost anything, cannot do it. Probably all tillers now are designed like this, but if not, I'd certainly buy one of them versus this engine. If it could be started easily, it would be a great tiller.
May 25, 2015
Just bought this machine FT900 and found the Operator Manual is not very clear and the product is not labeled very well either. This makes it difficult to START the machine and run it optimally--without a lot of experimenting.
For example, the manual (under Starting) states that there is a choke and a throttle. But on the machine there are 3 control levers. Only the throttle is clearly labeled with the Rabbit and Turtle--fast to slow. Must guess what the two other levers do from the barely legible cyrptic symbols. Must guess that the white lever is the choke, then must guess which position is "full choke." No mention in manual of the mysterious 3d lever.
For Stopping the engine, manual says move throttle control to the "STOP" position, but on the FT900 there is no Stop position, just Rabbit (fast) and Turtle (slow). (There is an OFF ON switch... you must again assume on your own what they won't tell you. I must conclude: what else aren't they telling me?
October 25, 2014
This product runs well but handlebars break too easily
I bought this tiller expecting top of the line performance like my chainsaw but was terribly disapointed. After ten minutes of use in sandy soil the two little spot welds on the handlebar attaching it to the upright tube broke completely.
I took it in and it was replaced. The following spring I started to work up my small garden and the same new replacment handle broke again. This is a very poor design and needs to be addressed. I expected more from Husqvarna. They are shipping me a new handle assembly but I am not confindent it will hold up ... looking forward to seeing if there are any improvements on the new one. Aside from this the unit has started easily and has plenty of power for the job it is intended for.
May 30, 2014
Best small garden tiller for the money
I live in Florida and have a garden 40 x 20 and it was great to break ground with the FT900. Our soil in not just sand but when you get down it was rock earth. It's a compressed form of hundreds of years of swamp debris that had to be broken up. This FT900 went through it like butter. I've dug up my whole yard and am putting down new sod. I love my FT900 and am so happy to have it. I've not had a single problem with it and it is in work every weekend turning up my compost pile and prepping dirt for the garden. Thank you Husqvarna for making this affordable and so powerful.
January 11, 2014
This product is a resonable value for the money.
The machine is of a reasonable design. A throttle control on the handles would be advantageous, but is not overridingly needed. The drag bar retainer is a joke, but is easily overcome with a bungee cord (design engineer should have to use what he designs).
August 31, 2013
I'm very pleased with the front tine tiller. It preformed very well on new untilled areas I was doing to expand my garden bed. Very easy to use and maneuver. I wish the wheels were metal with rubber tires, I'm concerened about the durability of the plastic ones it has.
June 25, 2013
Power and tilling preformance but not quailty
Tills very well with limited jerking but reverse does not function well unless you raise the tines from the soil and then reverse drive the unit. I wish they had not changed the handle design from the single pole to two smaller diameter handles not as strong and quite a pain to assemble. Other issue was loose fasteners quite a few of them, if you buy check all bolts before operating. The reverse belt was mounted with a half twist so these units must not be tested prior to shipping or it would have tore up the belt and been corrected. My last Husky was bought in 1985 and lasted till this month, No Issues with older made products when quality was #1. One last Issue I can not find a tech help number on their web site as they do not have tech support. Customer service referred me to a local repair center and they were not very versed on the tillers. All and all it does till well.
May 3, 2013
GOOD MACHINE BUT>>>>>>update
Bought this machine last year and used it in spring and fall and found it did a good job. MY only complaint is there is no throttle control on handle very difficult to use, but I added a throttle control to handle,much better. next problem is the clutch levers,BAD design, the handles should be turned over, on the bottom. The reverse lever when tilling and machine bounces around will do some serious harm. No cost to fix remove clip in pin and turn handle over. no cost involved. Several other reviewers had the same comment..CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW????? Also the wheel support needs a bolt between the legs through exisisting holes to keep wheels from spreading out. After modifications were made the machine works good..The "engineers" that design these machines should have to read these reviews AND...USE THEM!!!!!! I guarantee it will make a better product.
March 1, 2013