Great Looking Machine But Has Design Flaws
I'm giving this tiller two stars based upon its first appearance of being a somewhat well constructed tiller. I read alot of reviews to find the best tiller and I thought it was the Husqvarna FT900 at $383 on sale. The conditions of the area where I use my tiller is a 3 year established garden, so the soil is not compact. I am very familiar with power equipment as I was a landscaper for 5 years, so there was no user error here. In fact, I even read the instructions before using this power equipment.
The first 15 minutes I used the Husqvarna tiller I noticed the handle was getting loose. Thinking the vibration of the tiller may have caused a bolt or something to get loose I looked to see if I needed to tighten something. To my amaze it was not a loose bolt, but a cracked weld. The crack was at the handle bar where the handle bars meet the shaft going to the tiller. At the top of the shaft is a notch where they set the handle bars and it had two small bead welds on both sides attaching it to the shaft. This is where the welds cracked, so I took the tiller back to the store for replacement.
I got my second tiller and went to town on my garden to finish what I had originally started. I finished this time with out any issues and the tiller ran like a champ. The engine was powerful and the tines of the tiller are a very heavy gauge steel that blew through my garden soil. After I was finished I cleaned it up and put it in my garage to use at the end of the season. 2 months later in my garage I noticed about a half dollar size of transmission oil leaking from the tiller transfer case. After inspection I thought I may have damaged it when I was tilling but this was not the case with no obvious damage. The leak was coming from higher up in the transfer case, so it was not by poor use of this tool. The transfer case was two pieces of molded sheet metel that were stamped together.
Over all I was impressed with the way this tool looked at the store. It has a Briggs and Stratton engine that easily drove this tiller through soil and cranked on the first pull. The construction looked solid and appeared capable of tackling any type of condition with the heavy gauge tines and ability to adjust to different sizes. It had heavy gauge steel for the shaft and handle bars - it just had the poor engineering of the two together. If I did not have the problems I had with this tiller I feel it would have last me along time. With my experiences of this Husgvarna product I do not know if I can buy from them again.
July 4, 2011
Just What I Needed
This is the fourth season I have raised a garden in the same spot and the previous three the ground was clumpy and grassy, didn't grow very well. Last month I purchased an FT900 and this little machine digs in, digs deep and has made the soil loose and grass free. I love the way the FT900 starts with one very gentle pull. Easy to handle and a great little machine
June 8, 2011
"FT" Means "Fine Tiller"
I have used 5 other brands of rotary tiller on my stony ground. My new Husqvarna FT900 tiller is the best yet. It is simple to adjust wheel and tine depth, and speed, to suit conditions. The machine seems of straightforward design and robust construction. I particularly appreciate that stones rarely get wedged between tine and chassis, and are easily "reversed out" if that does happen. For me, "FT" means "Fine Tiller".
June 8, 2011
I DO NOT LIKE THE SAFETY HANDLE TO ENGAGE THE TINES. THE GRIP BAR CAUSES HAND CRAMPS AND IS VERY TIRING TO USE. IS THERE A WAY TO BE SAFE WITH ANOTHER TYPE OF DEVICE?
June 6, 2011
This tiller has great performance. It replaced a reputable namebrand tiller. I was surprised at the ease it broke up the soil and how deep it would till. The old one I had would sit and bounce when trying to till deep. This tiller digs down without all the bouncing. Although it is only about a month old, it still starts very easily. Would definately recommend it to anyone looking to purchase a front tine tiller.
June 6, 2011
handles well for a smaller tiller,plenty of power.
June 5, 2011
The FT900 was purchased after evaluating several tillers. The FT900 was designed and built for heavy work. I have used the tiller for two months and have been pleased with the performance. It is very effective in hard soil. I would recommend the tiller as a very good value.
May 31, 2011
We love our tiller!
This is our first year to have a garden of our own, so we are a little "green" when it comes to how to
operate gardening equipment. However, thanks to
our new Husqvarna we have glided through the process with ease and comfort. My husband was very suprised by how easy it was to operate and how well it broke up our very hard ground. We are completely satisfied and our Garden looks great in full bloom. We have already recommended this product to my dad and he loves his too which goes to show it is great for people in their 20's just starting out or for the experianced gardner in their 60's. Great product and fairly priced compared to the compitition. Thanks Husqvarna!
May 31, 2011