Did the research, put hands on several machines, read reviews, watched every "youtube" I could find and talked to people who own a Cub Cadet RT 65 Had issue starting machine first time and discovered plug gap was restricted with "gum" like substance. Cleared the "gum" and machine started. Used about 5 hours, no trouble. Shifting improved with use.
Clean up is super easy. The removable side shields are great idea.
I did notice some of the "tines" were loose. So I would recommend checking all nuts and bolts after first use
I wanted a rear tine tiller for a long time. I feel for the money this is an excellent machine
I bought this tiller at Tractor Supply three years ago. This tiller does all the work and then some. I've tilled my garden, Cindy's garden, and bought some land where I put in a half-acre garden area. I feel like this must be an "Industrial Strength" tiller because it works hard and well EVERY time. There is a trick to setting into the right gear and tine direction; but after a while I got the hang of it. My only draw-back so far is the drive belt came off a couple of times. I had no trouble getting it back on (4 bolts/screws off and back on). The problem I have is finding the size of the belt listed ANYWHERE on this Cub Cadet Parts Site - so I can buy a new one. I'll have to take it to a local car parts place where they'll measure it and sell me a replacement.
In my opinion, this is the BEST garden tiller ever made. Oh, and the Honda motor starts every time.
I have had this model around 4 years. First two seasons it worked great, this year and last year will not run. Hard to get parts for. I worked on it last year for two days and gave up, I have only used the tiller for 2 seasons, and really how much do you use one with a small garden. I would say it may have 5 hours on the motor. When it ran it did great.
I have had the RT 65 roto tiller for about 3 months and have used it 4 times,breaking new ground and working loose soil so far the RT 65 has performed excellent. It does go a little fast in loose soil, but it is nothing that can't be handled, once you get use to it. It all boils down to getting use to using it.
Excellent engine and power to weight ratio. One review indicated it was a little fast with tines in forward position, just lift up on handle it will cease shoving the unit. Like all tillers they require getting used to. With one year of gardening and yard work I have no complaints. The gear selector hang ups are are result of the unit being in a bind, simply use the clutching handle to set the gear box in a neutral position and wah-lah it goes in gear with no problems. The bi-directional tines are great when your soil changes with moisture etc. I found out that by running a little slower I have better control and better tilling results. Being retired I'm in no hurry anyway.
In my use in a small garden, I cannot rate this tiller well. The gear box was stiff from day one, but I thought it would work it's way out. The tines now do not work. This happened a couple months after the warrenty expired. The cost of a new gearbox would buy a new tiller. Should I buy a Cub cadet? Don't think so.
Bought this awesome tiller spring 2011 for a very neglected farm. It has the power I need, and have learned how to handle it comfortably after 20+ hours. Love the safety features. When it hits all the buried junk it has unearthed, it shuts off. Self-sharpening blades are a blessing (can we get this feature for the mower?). Rear tine with forward/reverse is ideal for all types of soils. The tires are good size; anything smaller would get stuck on the final pass. We are so pleased with Cub Cadet, we are looking at their other equipment.
I have had a troy bilt pony and a honda rotor tiller. The troy was a workhorse but was hard to start on times. The honda lower transmission gave out and was very expensive to fix. I bought a cub cadet and was pleasantly surprised with the performance. It really gets into the ground and is easy to operate. The changing gears features are on on control which is not the case with either the troy or the honda. They are a little uncooperative on times but a little jiggling and they are fine, I really like the reverse tines feature.
I have had this tiller for a year now. I probably have 30-40hrs on it. Overall it works very well. Starts easily. Runs without bogging down. The two features of this tiller that I have found that could use some improved engineering are No.1- the changing of the tine digging depth by removing the pin keeper and pin to line up the depth hole could somehow be made easier, No.2- shifting, it can be hard to shift from one mode to the next, in particular out of reverse. If the shift pin is not in the right place it is very difficult. I cuss a lot when it gets stuck, but with a few choice words it usually helps get it to shift.
Bought one last fall, used it a few time for winter prep. Motor in front, long handles in back keeps it from getting into corners of garden. In soft dirt (fwd/fwd) it'll bog down and stop engine. In hard dirt (fwd/fwd) it'll run away from you (I'm 280#.) Over winter transmission locked up (warranty replaced.) Now it pops out of gear during normal (light) use. It does a great job of taking grassy area and turning it into garden area if you have a large area to work in. Adjusting the depth with each pas, on virgin ground it works great. Narrow footprint makes it "tippy" on rough ground. Gearing to wheels should be slower to allow the tines to work more. This thing just chops and scoots.
I bought my tiller Mar 2009, finally used it 2010 about 1/2 hour, then stored again. Pulled it out two days ago to work flower beds, only problem I have is the depth holes do not line up past the 3rd mark, I'll probably have to re-drill them to work. Pronto starting, no struggle for a 67 yr. old woman's equipment and all the power I want plus some.
I'm pleasantly surprised with the quality of this machine. I've used TroyBilts for thirty years, and dollar for dollar the Cub Cadet out performs them all. It's a rugged, easily manueuverable, powerful machine. The reverse tines feature is years ahead of the rest.