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.
Simple n easy to use, also easy to clean it does a dam good job on ur property for weeding gardening even grass planting.
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.