Matt's Equipment Repair
|Posted by [email protected] on 3 January, 2016 at 21:25|
Yesterday I talked about Troybilt and how I didn't recommend their mowers or trimmers, but I didn't cover their tillers which they are known for the best.
Troybilt, while they now have cheaper models are still the best tillers for the money. The Horse model still uses the same basic design that it did 30 years ago and it is a very good machine. The only problem that I see with them is that people buy them as they have a big job and want to bust up a lot of sod, but after this is done then a smaller more manageable tiller would do better for them in the future. For these people renting a big tiller for the first time, then buying a smaller model is not a bad option. Rear tine tillers are much easier to work on then front tine tillers. Most of the cheaper front tine models are so time consuming to work on that if there is any problem with the gear case they are not worth fixing, but Troybilt's rear tine designs are not bad to work on, and can be done in a reasonable amount of time.
The biggest thing to watch for on a Troybilt tiller is the engine. MTD has been using a lot of Chinese import engines, and while I'll go over these in another post I don't recommend them. Make sure there is a brand of engine listed. Look for Honda, Briggs & Stratton, or Kohler, and avoid the imported motors.
While Troybilt has cheapened up most things (see last blog post) the tillers still hold up and are machines that should hold up over time.