The FT900 is a decent tiller.
The thing I don't care for is it idles too fast. This causes the machine to jump too much. The tillers I owned previously could be idled down for slower tilling. When idling down the FT900, it has the tendency to die.
March 29, 2012
Been using my Dad's old Craftsman front tine 24" tiller for the last 5 years. My garden spot is approximately 50ft by 100ft and it was taking at least twice as long to till as it does now. one pull on the starter rope instead of 400. I just re-tilled this year and have have tilled rocks out that are as big as basketballs. I thought the the tines on the old craftsman were just bouncing off roots until the Husqvarna went through and snatched them right out. The only thing I'm not impressed with is the reverse feature. You basically have to stand the tiller up on the tines, pull it, and hope that there's enough solid ground under them for the reverse of any use. In tilled ground it's absolutely useless. Otherwise it's been a great tiller so far.
March 24, 2012
GOOD MACHINE BUT.......
I thought I did all my home work in checking out all the basic front tine tillers. I chose the Husqvarna because it is advertised as being "MADE IN USA". I also wanted the Briggs and Stratton engine, I have used these engines all my life and have been more than satisfied with their performance and DURABILTY. The Husqvarna met these requirements.I thought, I ordered on line because there are no dealers close, I live in a rural area. Ordered on line and tiller arrived faster that expected. When box came off the truck I noticed it said". Assembled in US" RED FLAG checked machine and stricker said the same thing. I checked the engine no where was country of origin mentioned. Took numbers off engine and contacted Briggs and Stratton and they advised me engine was "MADE IN CHINA" So much for buying an AMERICAN made product. I assembled checked oil gassed and fired it up. Started on 2nd pull. Put it to work for an hour in my garden and it worked well, had lots of power. Only time will tell if engine holds up. One other concern was tiller has no throttle control on handle you have to go to engine to change engine speed. I solved that problem by adding a throttle cable to handles.
March 2, 2012
Only had this tiller a mont or so and have used it 3 times to till up my old garden spot and a new ne. Cranked on the first pull and runs good. Well made as far as I can tell. It has plenty of power to do the job. As you would expect this type of tiller will give you a workout controlling it but I have always used this type of tiller. Very happy with it so far.
January 17, 2012
The Perfect Tiller
I received this tiller as a birthday gift, just in time for fall garden work. Previously, I have paid to have my vegetable garden beds plowed with a small tractor spring and fall. My Husqvarna FT900 made short work of all the garden beds, approximately 1000 sq ft, and I enlarged the garden by adding another 200 sq ft of beds. The whole job got done so fast, I hardly felt I had done any work! The machine was a pleasure to handle, turning the earth easily. It did a great job breaking up the grass on the new bed. After the initial tilling, I added composted material and leaf mold, and went over everything again to work it in. The roar of the engine attracted my neighbor, who was raring to have a go at it - I had some difficulty persuading him to hand it over to me again!
While the tiller's pricetag seemed steep to me initially, this machine will pay for itself in 3 seasons, without even considering the time and effort I will save by using it to cultivate between rows.
In summary, a great time was had by all, and my garden beds are all ready for a long winter's sleep. Thanks, Husqvarna.
November 29, 2011
I purchased this tiller for my home in the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks in upstate NY. For those not familiar with the geography lets just say anything you do to disturb the ground surface means you are really just rearranging rocks. Small, large and all between. I was amazed at how deftly the tiller bounces to inform you of a rock and if it can't muscle it out, hops right over. Very sturdy. The reverse is a huge help. If it would only chomp the turf a little finer it would be 100%.
November 27, 2011
Just right for me
Have a new garden that was turned over by hand once last year. Decided that I needed a tiller and settled on this unit. Best decision I ever made. Started on the 2nd pull, and worked like a football full back. Deep tilling (in a clay type soil), never slowed down. Turned the soil up great. I'm looking forward to spring and getting the garden in great shape for planting and maintaining. For my use I don't think this unit can be beat. This is my first tiller and the only way this product could be better is if you provided an operator.
Oh, shipping pallet is poorly constructed but all was well.
November 3, 2011
This tiller is a work horse.
The tiller did a great job in rather rocky soil. The only negatives are it bounced around a good bit when it hit a rock and it is a bit hard to hold down clutch when working on a slope. The reverse clutch is very handy. Over all the tiller did a great job and was easy to use after all the stones were dug up and removed.
October 25, 2011