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Something's wrong at the factory
on February 26, 2012
Tiller was easy to assemble and get running. After about 30 minutes of use, a horrible screeching noise came from the transmission when in Forward, Forward with till, or Reverse. I've seen this problem mentioned online in other reviews and the official Husqvarna advice is to take it to an authorized servicing dealer for service. Of course, Husqvarna customer service is closed on weekends when most of their residental consumers are using their products. Out of frustration, I shot about 16 oz of grease into the right size zerk fitting, then removed the fitting and put an ounce of oil in there, and then put the zerk fitting back in. Silenced the problem (at least temporarily) and I was able to finish breaking the sod on a new 1500 sq ft garden. The tiller runs nice, but apparently there's some sort of problem with lubing the transmission at the factory and their QA isn't finding it.
If you're tall like me, you'll be wishing that the handle was about 6 inches longer. With the handle adjusted at the highest position, you're closer to the tine shield and I keep kicking it as I walk behind the unit.
A new product should make it longer than 30 minutes before the first problem shows up. Seems like a nice tiller, but I can't recommend it.
By the way, the MSRP on Husqvarna.com is $599, so even through this product is listed as "Prime", you're paying about $80 above MSRP.