Model # RT 65

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

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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Product Overview

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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Customer Questions & Answers

Do the drive wheels have reverse gear

Asked by: 1313
No, you will have to get a tractor to get reverse
Answered by: nic
Date published: 2016-12-08

Can the tines counter rotate or go in reverse while the wheels go forwards? Most RT 65 models can do that.

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.
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, that's its best feature.
Answered by: thextexan
Date published: 2017-02-07


Asked by: Anonymous
no but put it in forward and push about 30 mph and it will start
Answered by: nic
Date published: 2017-02-20

Can i add an electric starter to it?

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?
Asked by: Dobbs
no,just pull the rope and it starts on 1 pull
Answered by: nic
Date published: 2016-02-24
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Customer Reviews

18 in. 208cc Rear-Tine Dual-Direction Gas Tiller is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 116.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The tiller arrived mostly assembled. One of the lock nuts to mount the handle was missing entirel... The tiller arrived mostly assembled. One of the lock nuts to mount the handle was missing entirely, so a trip to town to retrieve that. The right wheel was installed with the valve stem to the inside as others have written. I have not changed mine yet. The tiller started the first pull; impressive. After I figured out where to put the indicator for the transmission, it tore up the 3000 sq foot field in less than hour. I ran over it several times, then again to till in horse manure and peat moss. It took more than a tank of gas to do one pass over the field. I changed the oil after 5 hours of use, and went to 30W. The reversing tines feature works better than I expected. It is heavy to do a ninety degree turn, but touching the clutch just right can help make it easier. It is slow in its transmission mode, but what's the hurry? I did lots of research before buying this, and it's just what I needed.
Date published: 2017-02-07
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tiller so far, 7.5 hrs on it. Earth eater! Assembled easy, although the left tire was flat, not like it went flat, but never inflated, not up on the bead of the rim. Put tire on bead, filled with air and no leak issues. Kohler engine started on the first pull and has been running like a bull on steroids. Break in done with zinc additive in the oil. I put this unit in two previously tilled plots, and it ate it up. I also turned it loose on virgin, red clay, rocky soil inherent to my area in Virginia. This thing loves eating the Earth for lunch! Plenty of power, no bogging, not a miss, or anything. Let's get one thing straight, the gearbox.....It has no synchronizers, nor a clutch to assist with gear change ease, so it takes just a little finesse when changing gears. It's not a Mercedes, nor an automobile transmission folks, so you may have to just put a two pound effort forward, or reverse push on the main handle to barely move the tire forward, or reverse a quarter of an inch to make it easier to shift . Once I figured this out, it's a breeze to shift, no matter what gear you select. You just have to understand what your working with mechanically with this simple type of tranny. It pulled so many rocks up out of the ground, I built a massive 8 foot diameter fire pit ring, several inches high, on the outskirts of my yard. I hauled three heaping, extra deep, two wheel, wheelbarrow loads off for the fire pit ring! The tiller never batted an eye. The tall tires are a great asset. Many fools report the tillers too fast, and "running away". Idiots beware, don't try to set the depth gauge for deep tilling, tines rotating forward, virgin ground, and expect it to do it's thing. As with all tillers, do it in steps, counter rotate first, shallower at first, then deeper, then once ground is broken, forward rotate the tines to finish till. To many people jump out of the Lexus, crank their tiller, try to shift it like an automotive tranny, and think the ground will be plant ready in one magic quick swipe. Know and understand your equipment, and it will do a super job for a walk behind, rear tine tiller! I have one modern rear tine Troybilt (bulletproof), and one 1977 original Sears Rotospader (never rebuilt anything on it). Both do very decent, but do not compare to this CubCadet. It takes two or three times as long to work my two gardens with the other tillers (25'X 25' and 35'X 40'). I am highly satisfied. The Kohler engine is awesome! This tiller is almost neutral in balance, finger tips raised, and it pivots over forward with ease. I'm just wondering if the actual main tiller components will hold up like my other two tillers have? Time will tell, my soil conditions surely toture test a tiller. Worth every penny so far!!!!
Date published: 2016-04-03
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