I originally set out to buy a Troy-Bilt "Horse" tiller, but the dealer I visited spoke negatively about it and raved about the Honda FR800. In retrospect I now know he was just selling me a machine he had in stock.
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The cut sheet specifications on this tiller is very promising which is how I was convinced to purchase it However, after bringing it home and using it I am extremely under-whelmed. I attempted to use it in an area that was previously a planting bed with good topsoil (albeit some clay) but had sat fallow for a few seasons so it was somewhat hard. The tiller absolutely won't dig down and till. Instead, it 'skips' along the surface violently dragging me with it. This occurred with the depth bar adjusted all the way down as recommended. I genuinely feared for my life when using this machine, it 'bucks' and lounges as soon as it hits anything harder than compost. This is coupled with the fact that when this happens you do not want to let go of such an expensive machine thinking that it will run off into the distance and crash. I have since tried all different combination of depth bar adjustments, speeds, downward pressures, soils, etc. The tiller simply does not perform as it should.
I gave the benefit of the doubt to the tiller and chalked it up as my soil just being too poor for a tiller to function. But, while I was at Lowe's I spotted a Troy-Bilt Bronco CRT tiller and went ahead and purchased it. What a difference! The Bronco just digs in, almost effortlessly, and tills the same soil that the Honda had trouble with. It is for this reason why I can't recommend the Honda at all. My friend even borrowed it and arrived at the same conclusion. DO NOT PURCHASE A HONDA FRC800 no matter how charismatic the dealer is.
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