I just bought this tiller hoping it was as tough as our old 70's troybuilt model and it has exceeded expectations, its smooth, heavy and gets the job done with ease. I weed wacked down as low as possible and then ripped through about 5 inches of tough sod using the rear spin tine and the tiller pretty much did it on its own while I walked beside it holding the bars gently with one hand. Some complain about shifting on this tiller but if you have the drive bar released "as said in owners manual" mine seems to shift fine. If it does not want engage just push it forward or backwards a little and it seems to shift fine. All in all this thing kicks A$$, very happy with it. Also running ethanol free fuel
After about an hour's use the transmission broke. Still under warranty so OK, right? Well, maybe. Took Sears about a month to replace the transmission. We're now ready to till. Unfortunately after about 10 minutes use the motor died. Still under warranty, but it was the end of the gardening season by the time the motor was replaced. (took over six weeks for the replacement to be received/installed) Used it a couple of times just to test it out and all seemed good. Next spring, ready to garden. Tilled my small garden twice and the transmission went out again. Still under warranty but I'd had enough of this tiller. Demanded they replace the tiller which they did. Was a very wet year and was only able to use the new one about four times. It ran fine until two weeks after the warranty expired when the motor died again. In slightly over two years this model tiller went through two transmissions and two motors. Absolute trash. I have a 1994 front tine Sears tiller that still runs like a top. This tiller is junk. Take your money, bury it in the garden, that would be a better use of your cash. Seriously, the metal castings of this tiller are of extremely poor quality. They will not hold up over the long haul. One of the techs who worked on the tiller told me the motors went out on them all the time, though he was a bit surprised by the transmission problems. My garden spot has been farmed for over sixty years. It is soft soil. There are not roots, rocks, absolutely no vaild reasons for this tiller to fail. Used to buy nothing but Sears small engine garden equipment. No more. This was my final purchase. They've cut too many corners. Buyer beware.
This tiller has been the worst experience of my life. I owned it for less than 1 hour before having to take it to a repair/warranty center for service. After being repaired, the engine finally started. Now I have used the tiller less than 5 times and the tines intermittently stop and start while tilling. Took it to the same repair/warranty center and their advice was to sell the tiller immediately upon this repair. Thanks Crapsman for the worst tiller in the world.
I bought one of these tillers back in may 2017, got it in a crate , brought it home & put it together with no problems, as it was very easy to assemble, put the oil in that came with it, then put gas in it, and it started on the first pull, so I started tilling my garden, the tiller was doing a great job til I got to the end of my 40 foot garden & put the tiller in reverse and started backing up the safety plate on the back caught some of the tilled dirt & it bent the plate, im thinking WOW how cheap is this of metal on this plate, ive never seen metal bend so easy, so i use my hands and bend it back into place & tilled the rest of my garden, after i was done i called sears and explained to them what happen, and asked if it could be replaced they told me that they would not replace the plate because ive have the tiller less than 30 days to bring it in and they would replace the whole tiller,so that is what i did. when i received the new tiller they had to give me the floor model that had a flat tire, because they was out of stock, they fixed the tire & i want on my way, i got home put my tiller up for the 2018 season, so when i get the tiller out to till in 2018 i started tilling my garden and before i could till 10 feet i started hearing a clinking sound from under the tiller, so i took a look and noticed that the tines had shifted and was rubbing on the side wall of the tiller, so i stopped & called craftsman about what was going on, they sent a tech out to check out my tiller, & he told me that the blades had shifted & there was no way to fixed it and that they needed to replace the transmission, im like wow i only used it for a few min to go maybe 10 feet & i showed him the area that i was tilling, i said there are no rocks roots no nothing to cause the transmission to shift like that, i was in a straight line, the tech had told me that he didnt understand it either & that he had never seen one shift like that, the tech was awesome & very nice about the whole thing, he ordered me a new transmission, but by the time the transmission came in it was to late in the season for me to try to till my garden for 2018, as i had to put all my plants in buckets while i waited for the new transmission to come in, after the tiller was fixed i took it to see how well it worked, it seemed fine, so i put it up again & waited for this year (2019) to till my garden, and as i was tilling i was able to till 3 rows at 40 feet each and once again i hear a clinging sound under the tiller, so i look and noticed 1 of the blades on the right side was a little loose, and as i looked on the left side i noticed that the left side blades was hitting up against the transmission, cutting into it, so i left the tiller where i stopped and called craftsman again, & the tech i talked to was cocky & snotty, and acted like they didnt want to send a tech til i told him i would carry the tiller to a sears store & place it at there front door. 2 junk transmissions in less than 1 hr