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Cub Cadet 18 in. 208cc Rear-Tine Dual-Direction Gas Tiller
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Cub Cadet

18 in. 208cc Rear-Tine Dual-Direction Gas Tiller

  • Powerful 208cc Cub Cadet OHV Engine
  • 13" dual-directional, heat-treated, self-sharpening tines
  • Self-propelled drive with power forward and reverse
$799.27 /each

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The Cub Cadet 18 in. 208 cc Rear-Tine Dual-Direction Gas Tiller is self-propelled and can travel forward and in reverse for ease of use. It uses a 208cc, 4-cycle engine for powerful performance and 12 metal tines to help ensure efficient tilling. Its 22 in. handles are adjustable, allowing you to be comfortable during use. The tiller comes with a pull-cord start-up mechanism for dependable operation.

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  • Rear-tine design allows for effective tilling
  • 12-tines are crafted with metal for strength
  • 18 in. maximum tilling width helps ensure tilling efficiency
  • Can travel forward and in reverse, allowing for use in a variety of conditions
  • Self-propelled to help reduce fatigue
  • Adjustable 22 in. handles for added comfort during use
  • Pull-cord start-up for reliable operation
  • Designed to use gasoline for convenience
  • Arrives partially assembled, allowing you to start tilling quickly
  • 208cc, 4-cycle engine is designed to deliver ample power
  • Model # 21AB45M8756

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Do the drive wheels have reverse gear

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No, you will have to get a tractor to get reverse
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April 25, 2016
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Yes they do. The tines do not turn in reverse.
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Mico, TX
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March 29, 2016
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Yes, it has five gear settings. Forward, neutral, and reverse, without the tines engaged. It has two settings in forward with the tines engaged, one with them rotating forward, and one with them rotating in reverse.
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Athens, GA
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June 10, 2014
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Drive wheels have a reverse gear with the tines disengaged. Reverse speed is appropiate for maneuvering.
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June 3, 2014
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yes
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Manchester, CT
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May 27, 2014
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Yes - traveling only (the tines don't turn in reverse)
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Lafe, AR, USA
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May 13, 2014
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yes, with or without the tines in motion.
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Faceville, GA
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March 19, 2014
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Yes. This tiller has five gear options. Three are with tines disengaged: forward, reverse and neutral. And two are with tines engaged: tines forward and tines reversed.
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February 3, 2014
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Hello,
No, the wheels do not have a reverse gear, this tiller is belt driven.
Thank you for your question.
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Can the tines counter rotate or go in reverse while the wheels go forwards? Most RT 65 models can do that.

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Goshen, IN
March 18, 2013
I would like to order this tiller, but I want to make sure the tines can be reversed for deep tilling. Tines that only go forwards will run away on my hard clay soil.
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yes
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Lafe, AR, USA
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yes they go in reverse, I have the hard clay, hill dirt, and it did a good job.
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Taylor Ridge, IL 61279, USA
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October 31, 2013
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The tiller will operate both counter and forward. The counter rotation really did the job on my clay soil.
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Tennessee, USA
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September 7, 2013
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the tines will go in ether forward or reverse while the tires run in forward. btw after running the tiller through the garden with the tines running in reverse the cut it up good try raising the drag bar up to midway go through again pushing down on handle bars and burying the drag bar to control speed. this will really chew up and aerate the soil.
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June 4, 2013
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yes,they can and do a very efficent job, but advise not to go deep at first. Make a shallow pass first I believe the tiller can handle the depth, but good advise not to abuse it. Make it last many years!
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May 5, 2013
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Yes, counter-rotating tines will make short work of any tough soil conditions.
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Yes
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March 19, 2013
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Hello Gardener. The 18 in. 208 cc Rear-Tine Dual-Direction Gas Tiller utilizes counter-rotating tines. Thank you for your question.
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DOES IT HAVE A ELECTRIC START

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no but put it in forward and push about 30 mph and it will start
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No, but mine always started very easily. I think if you have a hard time manually starting it, you won't be able to handle this machine when rototilling. You might look at something smaller.
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No mine does not, but it has started very easy with the pull rope, I have not had any problem with the starting . Just remember to do the maintenence that the manal says, and I suggest to cover the tiller or store under cover when done . The weather is rough onit.
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No Linda, not an electric start machine, but the Honda engine starts very easily.
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No electric start, But with the Honda engine, it starts so easy you most likley won't need it.
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Hello Linda. The 18 in. 208 cc Rear-Tine Dual-Direction Gas Tiller is not equipped with an electric starter. It must be started by using the recoil pull rope. Thank you for your question.
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Can i add an electric starter to it?

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i have read no electric start, but I know they are saying its not equipped with electric start, I wanna know if I can add electric start?
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no,just pull the rope and it starts on 1 pull
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I'm not sure whether you can or not. I'd suggest you contact the factory for the most reliable answer to your question.
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No, it is not an option.
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Hello Dobbs,
We're sorry, there is no electric starter to be added to this tiller.
Thank you for your question.
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not to the engine that comes with the machine unless you could get an upgrade from the engine mfr.
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I don't think you can add an electric start to it. I have no problem starting mine with about a half of the rope pulled. It starts very easily.. Put the choke on and when it starts, push the choke off and it will run great....
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18 in. 208cc Rear-Tine Dual-Direction Gas Tiller is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 115.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I've had one of these beasts for about 5yrs. I've ruined 2 tillers before this one due to the rough rocky ground. To put it simply, I've beaten the heck out of this one and it just keeps on ticking. Here in Arkansas we have more rocks than dirt, (and stuff grows in it just fine) and this baby chews right through it. Occasionally it'll catch a rock, but a quick change in tine direction throws'em right out. My garden is about 40x300ft and this tiller has never even broken a tine on all the rocks. I finally had to adjust the belt last year, and low and behold needed a new belt this year (who knew?). So ya, well worth the money, solid and very rough design.
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tiller TILLER WAS EASY TO ASSEMBLE& I LIKED THE FACT THAT CULTIVATE MODE IS A FASTER GEAR RATIO THAN TILL MODE.
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tiller Works well. My only criticism is no differential makes turning difficult.
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from home tiller The cub cadet is a well made tiller> it was shipped on a pallet and came in perfect shape. The few parts that needed to be assembled were quite easy. The manufacturer did however install one of the wheels backward. The valve stem was on the inside of the wheel and not accessable. I havent pulled the wheel yet but dont expect it to be difficult. I was dissapointed in the operations manual. They must be using the same manual for many different configurations and engine types so its hard to identify my model and configuration. The manual did not have any practical use directions and was vague on operation and maintenance. The product is performing well.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beast mode This doesn't look like the picture shown. It doesn't matter this guy is a beast. Makes easy work of hard ground. I even used it to remove bamboo. The only thing that seemed to stop it was big rocks and bricks hidden under ground. It must have some sort of protection for this when it happens because it stops and allows you to clear blockage. Very easy to start. I am very happy with this machine, even tho now my wife wants a bigger garden.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ok I like this tiller a lot, however mine was having the same old transmission problem that it seems everyone else is having. the dealer told me that the entire transmission needed replacing and the reason was when essembled the transmissions were not properly greased and some moisture was inserted thus making the gears rust together which happened to mine sitting thru the winter.I was lucky it was under warranty. I really believe cub cadet should have done a recall or honor that problem for the life of that RT-65.I think Honda's the best
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Mean Machine This tiller met all my expetations. The only time it will stall out is when I would get a 40lb slab of concrete or a flat rock stuck between the tines and the machine. That is when I was glad it stalled insted of tearing itself apart. Most large rocks did not get stuck and were torn out of the ground. I know, we removed 10 tons or large slabs of sandstone and large pieces of concrete. The tiller is still in like new condition still after all the work last year. This was a torture test and it flew through anything we ran into and there was a lot of major tough things to till through. Handles roots and small trees with ease. I love this tiller.
Date published: 2011-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it, probably the best machine I own I didn't try to go cheap or super high end and it paid off. This tiller did jobs in 1/4 the time that I thought they would take. Roots up to 2 inches wide just cut right up. The tines are strong and if you're careful I'm sure will last for a long time. Cleanup was easy as well, with so many roots wrapped around the axles I thought it would take forever, but one cotter pin and shaft removes the whole time on one side for quick and easy freeing of the digging equipment. All in all I'm thrilled.
Date published: 2015-10-20
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