Troy-Bilt Horse 305cc Briggs & Stratton 1450 Series 12-Inch Forward Rotating Rear Tine Tiller
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- This tiller will give you more power, more weight, and larger tires for heavy duty performance
- Runs on a strong 305cc Briggs & Stratton engine equippd with 4 forward, 1 neutral and 2 reverse speeds
- Offers a large 20-inch tilling width capacity with a 12-inch tine diameter, and an adjustable 7-inch tilling depth
- Equipped with a full sided tine shield along with a full wrap-around bumper to fully protect the operator
- Features a power takeoff that allows the operator to add additional equipment
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Features a 305cc, Briggs & Stratton 1450 series engine forward rotating rear tine tiller. Cast iron trans with bronze gear drive system. 16-Inch by 4-Inch tires.
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UPDATE - 5/30/14
I received my handle bars on May 25, 2014, five weeks and three days after I dropped them off for warranty replacement! The handle bars were welded slightly better than the first, though not a great job. During the first two hours of use, the plastic knob fell of the tine depth adjustment, and the other plastic knob fell off the forward/reverse lever. Neither are threaded, one is just stuck on, and the the other was glued on. I am guessing Troy saves a coule pennies by not using threaded knobs, and just glueing a plastic knob onto the metal rod. No knobs ever fell off my old Pony roto-tiller in 28 years. When two parts fall off new equipment during the first use it tells you something about the quality of that equipment. I cannot believe how far quality has gone down. Look for someting better---with decent welding and knobs that don't fall off.
First, price: the Amazon price for this tiller is $1,899; that's $200 hundred cheaper than Lowes. With my Prime the tiller was shipped for free. Not in the guaranteed two-day shipping, but hell, I understand--the thing weighs three-fitty. No worries ABF!
All in all the machine is built like a Sherman tank. Sure Troy-Built has cheapened up the Horse in several areas compared to my parents' twenty-year-old Horse, but it's not a deal breaker. If you want an old one, wait at an auction for several hours and buy one or get one on Craigslist.
The Horse has 4 forward gears, 1 neutral, and 2 reverse. There are plenty of speeds to do the job you want to do.
The 305 cc Briggs is an a**-kicker. I've never powered it out to date and it usually fires in four or less pulls. If you don't want to pull start get the Big Red. The Big Red has an electric start and brush guard. It's $500 more. I'll pull a string.
The forward-rotating Bolo tines turn the soil to dust. The Horse will make easy work of hardpan and sod. A few passes and you'll have nicely aerated soil ready to grow whatever.
The machine is very heavy, but maneuvering isn't that difficult. It's 20" wide so if you're going to use it all summer to till between rows make sure you space extra-wide. I prefer a Mantis cultivator between rows after the initial sod-busting with the Horse.
If you have a big garden the Horse is the way to go. Mine is 5,000 sq. ft plus, so the Horse or a PTO-driven tiller behind a tractor is the only way to go.
The dual levers, one on each handle, are great for walking along the side of the tiller as so you don't compact the soil that you have just tilled.
I do a lot of raised-bed gardening and purchased the hiller-furrower attachment from Troy-Built. It's basically a plow behind the tines. Works great and saves you a ton of work. I think it was around $170, but when dollars are contrasted to hoeing hills with a hoe--I'll pay the money--cause I'm lazy and love gadgetry.
One thing. Make sure if you go over the machine after it is delivered and you open her up. Mine had a few loose nuts that had to be tightened. It's not a deal breaker with me. I realize that vibrations from the transport or folks not doing a proper job assembling tillers happen. The later is an entirely different topic.
Leave a note here with any questions and if I can help, I'll try.