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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2012
I was recently diagnosed with cancer and am currently undergoing treatment for the disease. Any one who has ever had cancer or knows someone who has, understands what a physical toll that can do to a persons fatigue level. To make a long story short I needed something to help me with the gardening and upkeep on our chicken run, so I decided to look into the troy-bilt tiller along with some of its competitors. I read all the negative reviews that were posted on Amazon and almost didn't buy the troy-bilt tiller. I then decided to go to the big box store to buy one just in case it was a piece of junk, at-least I could return it without a lot of hassle. This thing is a BEAST!. It starts on the second or third pull every time and cuts through the soil like butter. I am amazed at how much power it has being as light as it is! I thought it would have a hard time tilling up the chicken run, because even though chickens are light they can really compact the soil over time. this machine whipped through it as though it had already been tilled. Tilled chicken run soil makes great fertilizer by the way. I thought maybe it was a fluke and decided to try it the next day and the day after that. Same results. Today I decided to try to till up a new flower bed in the yard where the grass was growing, and to my amazement it cut through the grassy area with ease. The only complaint I have in the design of this unit is where the gas lines go into the tank. They are a little high up on the tank so it starts sucking air when the gas level gets down to about 1/4 of a tank. I am very glad I bought this unit. it has cut my spring garden cultivating by a lot, physically and time wise. Had to write a review on it just in case someone was having reservations about buying one. I love this little machine and would recommend it to anyone! :~)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2013
I have one of these tillers that I use to till up spots in the yard and flower beds. For that, it works well, quite a bit better than I expected it would, in fact. I have no complaints about how it tills.

That said, this thing is total cheap junk. It's all plastic, even the piece that attaches the engine to the bottom half. Vibration or poor quality plastic created a crack which made the engine tip backwards and ruined the set screw and part of the drive shaft inside that. It was NOT easy to fix and the tiller had to be significantly modified.

Bottom line for me, it works, but it is NOT a $300 quality item. Very disappointed with Troy-Bilt, probably will never buy anything else from them.
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful
We are experienced gardeners with numerous pieces of farm and garden equipment. We purchased the Troy 146 EC cultivator, which includes the "electric start" option, this past weekend from a Big Box Store to finish tilling compost into a few beds. We already own a smaller 4-tine Honda cultivator - that works fine, but wanted a 6-tine to speed up our planting process. The cultivator performed as expected in the "tilling category" however, in the "get it up and running" catergory - it hopelessly failed. I don't like to have to repeatedly pull start any equipment and therefore, purchased the "electric start" attachment for an additional $40 right off the bat. The first 1-3 pull starts were perfect - tiller was up and running and we used it for about 15 minutes per start before turning the engine off. Let me say that the equipment comes with a fairly complicated "start protocol". The engine cannot just be "primed" and ready to go like the Honda. There are 3 positions for the choke/start that one must go through to supposedly get engine to start. However, for us the procedure ONLY WORKED if you had an extra hand on the ACCELERATOR BAR - giving engine even more gas & thus actually engaging the cultivator blades to get engine to start. HIGHLY DANGEROUS and nearly impossible for one person to start. After tiller starts, and I might add - using the electric starter since your arm will really get a work out, it runs fine. If you like the challenge of starting equipment this way, you will be fine. But for me, that's not good enough. I feel this piece of equipment should start as easy as a lawn mower and be safe to start. This product would have gotten a higher rating, perhaps a 3-4 star, but in my opinion, if one cannot start it - especially without having to engage tines, then equipment becomes unnecesary.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2012
My husband has the mechanical knowledge and tools to repair almost any small motor. He found this tiller to be junk and poorly designed. The engine must be removed, clutch cover removed with a T20 torque, remove the fly out clutch assembly, remove 9 screws and you are finally able to see the starter rope housing. Very poor design. The engine began smoking big time the first season. Troy Built should remove this product from their sales line. I would never buy another tiller from them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
Gas powered products cannot be returned to Amazon and it does say so on the products website. That being said once you order the product they have no responsibility if the product doesn't work. In the case case of Troy-Bilt, they also will not replace a product that doesn't meet expectations and doesn't work. My cultivator worked for 3 starts over an hour and then the pull system failed. I understand that it has an electric start system but I had not purchased that yet. Troy-Bilt will only offer local centers to repair the equipment and I know in my area (Providence, RI) that will take about 3 weeks. Even at no charge the hassle of bringing it in and waiting, during the season that I need to use it most, makes buying from the box stores a much better option. (althoug I have not checked on their return policy), I had my last cultivator from Troy-Built repaired 3 times over 3 years and have given up on it. I thought the new model with an improved engine, based on reviews (althoug some were really bad), might be an exception to the problems I had had with the old machine. I'm sorry I brought this from Amazon and from Troy-Bilt. I'd go electric with another brand next time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I did not buy this from Amazon but at the big box store.I have a farm and wanted something for little stuff,I use the big tiller for most tilling. I use this machine for twenty to thirty minutes twice a year. I have had it for three years, Very very hard to start and this past .fall the pull rope broke.. If you try and replace it you are in for a run for your money.. I have called the manufacture of the item and there is no manual or replacement material any wheres as to replacing a rope.. This is the Poorest design I have ever seen in my sixty years of living and repairing machinery What is very frustrating is I have rebuilt everything in my life from antique cars to troy built bigger tillers and this piece of junk is not fixable without breaking it ,to get it apart. If you buy this be prepared to use it for a very short time and throw it away,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
My wife received this as a birthday gift from siblings; not much differential research was done. First point is it's a light duty cultivator - not a tiller. But it is easy to carry and handle. The little 29cc four stroke motor is quiet and, given the small tines and the shallow depth available, did not bog down in our garden bed. The starting procedure (foot on right wheel, pull cord with right hand) is a little gory, but a great reminder to wear heavy shoes.

My wife used it once with success. The second time she tried to start it, the pull cord would not engage. I see we have LOTS of company with that problem. The design means that the engine has to be removed, all the cases removed, many (size 20 torx) bolts undone before reaching the pull cord mechanism. Then the spark plug comes out, rope goes in the cylinder to act as a stop so repairs can be effected.

This obviously happens too often to consider buying one of these machines.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2011
Unfortunately, I read the reviews by "Wind sock" and Eugene White AFTER purchase. They are both correct and accurate. I own close to 20 pieces of power equipment from mowers, trimmers, edgers, chain saws, etc. The Troy Bilt starting system is needlessly overly complicated. I found the best way to start it is to lay it down on its handle (the engine will be right side up), tape the throttle control to the handle, prime the bulb 10 times in the 'first choke' position, then go right to the 'open choke' setting. The first couple times using the 'Troy Bilt' way, I got a sore shoulder and blisters on my hand from hard starting. Its an ok machine, I just expected much better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2014
I purchased the TB146 EC last fall. It worked fairly well on our garden. It was stored in the garage all winter and when I tried to start it this spring, nothing. It would not prime so I contacted a lawn repair service and it was going to cost 80-100 to replace the carburetor. I ordered on from Troy Bilt by the part number and the gasket had to be retrofitted. The old one had an extra hole cut in it. It still wont prime. I blew the fuel hose out to make sure it was not clogged. Still wont prime. The pull start is very poor quality too, not wanting to engage all the time. I wont be wasting any more money on this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2014
This is the hardest tiller to start I've ever seen/owned. I pull until my arm's sore so I bought the plug in started and it worked 5 or 6 times and it broke, the freewheel clutch broke. This is the end of my Troy Bilt purchases.
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