Budget price, great performance!
After buying a new house, the budget needed a break, but I still needed a tiller. So I researched and found good reviews of the FT900. It has lived up to my expectations so far. This is Maine. Tight, compact, rocky soil. My first bed was 20' x 50' and I did it in two stages. First time to about 4" which was a little bit of a wrestling match. Used Husqvarna suggestion of alternate rows to keep the tiller from pulling you into the neighboring row. Then came back through at 10". If it hit a small rock, no issue. A medium rock, it chewed it up. The only rocks that stopped it were 10" diameter ones. Now that the hard work is done and the big rocks gone, this unit moves easily and the reverse backs me out of corners. The only issue was Lowe's delivered it without the manual or any setup instructions and NEVER followed through. The Husqvarna site however made finding my manual and downloading it a snap. There's even a mobile web site for me to get it on my Kindle Fire. For my half-acre garden it's all I need.
September 6, 2012
Lightweight enough a gal can use
Up to now my husband had to do all the tilling. This is the first tiller I could physically use with ease. It did a great job preparing the garden for planting.
June 29, 2012
easy to use/does a good job for my vegetable garden
It made cultivating the established garden so much easier. The soil was broken up and easier to weed. The front tiller made it easier to dig into the corners of the fenced in garden. We are very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone with a small home garden. We thought the price was fair and the Husquavarna is rugged and well made. It'll last us seniors a lifetime!
June 18, 2012
Overall great machine
The performance of the machine is great. However, whoever put it together in the factory put the guard over the belts on too tight so that when I was running it to warm it up as instructed in the booklet, the belt started burning and shredding. Luckily, I am a little mechanically inclined, so I took the guard off and put a washer on it to move it away from the belt. The machine itself is just what I wanted.
June 5, 2012
I had the opportunity to use two brand new FT900 that my neighbor had purchased for use at a remote Placer Gold Mine in Northern Ca. When he brought them home I helped him unload them and he offered to let me use one to turn up the soil in an island I had built up. This island was built up with loose dirt approx. 5 years ago. There was some small cobble type rocks in the soil, but nothing bigger than a softball at the largest. I started tilling with the first machine and it broke down within 10 minutes. I took it back to the dealer in town where my neighbor had purchased it and he determined that it was transmission failure. After hearing what type of ground I was tilling, he recommended that I get the other tiller and try it. I did such and that one's transmission failed after 15 minutes of use. The next day I rented a 5hp front tine tiller about the same size and it did the job with no problems and in a much faster and better manner. This tiller also bounces alot and does not have good power.
June 2, 2012
30 min of greatness - weeks of ???
So excited to get my new tiller. I bought it at the local (small town) hardware store and got 30 min out of it before the idler arm fell out of the machine on to the ground. The shaft (pin) that held it had severed in two and there was no going with that. The hardware store is not an authorized service center - so I get to wait for a day that I dont work (Sat/Sun) and the "authorized service center" that is 40 miles away is open on a Saturday (not last week - not this week) to take over and see if they have a part. Service Center has been nice - they ordered the part and its backordered (a pin) but think that something from the snowblowers will work so drive it over... So, I drive 90 min round trip to see if they have something that works - and hopefully dont have to leave it so that I have to drive another 90 min to pick it up. I think that with only 30 min in - that I should just be sent a new one. And my Dad is thinking of buying a H lawn mower. HMM?
June 1, 2012
This tiller has the power I've been looking for.
I have owned tillers in the past, but never have I had one that is performing like this one. I love its power and ease of usage. Our garden and flower beds are so nice looking and well-groomed since we purchased the Husqvarna FT900. I will buy another one if this one wears out. Thanks.
May 31, 2012
pretty good front tine tiller
One of the better front tine tillers I've seen, them and the Maxim tillers. If you'd make a 21" rear tine tiller with dual direction tones and 8hp Briggs, I'd probably buy it. Only issue I have is the plastic wheels. The Maxim tillers have metal but no one seems to have them anymore.
May 26, 2012