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Powermate 18 in. 196cc 4-Cycle Rear-Tine Gas Tiller
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18 in. 196cc 4-Cycle Rear-Tine Gas Tiller

$599.00 /each

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The Powermate Rear Tine Tiller is the perfect tool for any job from gardening and light tilling to hard groundbreaking work. The 9.6 ft. per lb. 4-Stroke OHV engine is both powerful and efficient. The gear-drive system provides maximum fuel and engine efficiency, allowing the unit to run on less power input than when operated manually and the gasoline-powered engine allows the user to till a large amount of area in little time. This powerful tiller works to complete the job quickly and effectively while still being easy to maneuver. The 11 in. counter-rotating tines dig deep into the earth to remove weeds and allow for fresh soil to be upturned and the 13 in. heavy duty, pneumatic tires stabilize the tiller over rough terrain. This machine boasts an 18 in. tilling width which allows the tiller to cover a large amount of space in one pass while still being easy to maneuver and capable of making sharp turns. This tiller makes easy work of any garden or groundbreaking project.

  • 4-cycle, 196cc OHV engine provides the necessary strength for tilling your soil
  • 18 in. tilling width covers more ground in less time
  • 13 in. heavy duty agricultural tires easily maneuver through tough landscapes
  • Self-sharpening steel tines plow dirt while maintaining the blade edge
  • 11 in. counter rotating tines easily remove weeds and upturn soil
  • 90 Degree steel valve stem
  • 2-year limited warranty

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i purchased the powermate prtt196e last week. queston, what grade of fuel should i buy? low, medium, or high?

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i guess high
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Regular unleaded 87 octane minimum per page 6 ..Product specifications.
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I always go with medium, but I don't think it would make that big of a difference.
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June 10, 2013
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I personally use high-grade on all my garden equiptment. I am not sure what the factory recommends, but the motors are small and can be finicky so I use the best to prevent future issues.
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I always recommend using high quality gas. It will start easy, perform better and engine will last longer.
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June 3, 2013
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There should be a decal on the engine. It states, verbatim,:
"Use Regular Unleaded Gasoline with a Minimum of 87 Octane. Do Not Use E85 or Fuel Containing More than 10% Ethanol".
Unless you live in Rocky Mountain (high elevation) states, then Low Octane is 87, and what you should use for this tiller.
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May 26, 2013
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Almost all newer engines recommend including briggs and others 89 octane which is mid grade,except Honda which allows for 87 octane.
I also recommend and use a fuel stabilizer to prevent gumming in the carburetor and fuel lines.
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Aromas, CA, USA
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May 24, 2013
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I am operating mine on low-grade & have not found any issues with its operation.
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Springfield, VA, USA
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87 OCT (Regular Unleaded)
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May 21, 2013
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It uses regular gas, and their instructions make a point of telling you that.
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May 13, 2013
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Hi Jn,
Thanks for your question and interest in this item. More information is needed to accurately answer your question. Please contact our Online Customer Service Department at 800-430-3376 to get more assistance with this item. Our hours of operation are between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time daily.
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Will this tiller work well with hard clay soil?

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I need to till some hard clay soil for gardens and food plots. The soil has never been worked.
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that was what I used it for to till a spot for my garden
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Yes. This is a 20' x25' area. Took me about an hour total, and it was tilled each way.
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If you can break the top of the soil with a spade this tiller should work with heavy clay soil that is not very dried out. But you will have to work newly broken soil probably 3 times to have it ready for a garden. I just tilled a new garden area where the soil has some clay but had not been broken down in several years and it took me three times to go over the space east to west, north to south and then Read More
If you can break the top of the soil with a spade this tiller should work with heavy clay soil that is not very dried out. But you will have to work newly broken soil probably 3 times to have it ready for a garden. I just tilled a new garden area where the soil has some clay but had not been broken down in several years and it took me three times to go over the space east to west, north to south and then diagonally. I spaced a few days between and after the first stage had to add some water because of the dry weather. I had to much water the first attempt and the first few inches got very muddy. But as the dryer weather moved in by the time I did the next two stages the soil broke up well without turning into mud. And by the third stage I was at the maximum depth of about 8 inches that I was looking for. The tiller has impressed me at all stages of usage so far and appears to have plenty of power for the task. Read Less
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Yes it will. You may need to work it down in layers depending on how hard packed it is, and it does have a depth adjustment. I have pretty tough red clay, and it works fine for me.
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Yes it will. The trick is starting with a very shallow pass and working deeper, if you start to deep the tiller will buck. It makes the job much harder and dangerous. I live in Georgia with red clay that makes good soil with a lot of work and some sand and mulch.
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May 4, 2016
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You can use this product with hard soil, but you will need to make several shallow passes over the soil to slowly work it through.
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I live in VA, close to mountains and my yard is all clay. I have used this tiller on many occasions and it has performed well. As long as you are using it as a tiller and not a digger, it will deliver nicely. There might be times where you may need more than one passes but that is still much easier than doing manual tilling. Go with high throttle and keep the tires properly inflated.
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does this tiller have a reverse

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Yes, this tiller has reverse transmission as well.
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yes
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Yes there is a reverse handle that is separate from the forward handle.
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Yes
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Yes if you look on the right handle you will see a lever on the top and one on the bottom. The top is forward and the bottom reverse.
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Yes, it does. Putting it in reverse also reverses the blades, so if you get caught up on a root or rock, you can back it off. If you want it to move forward or backward without the blades turning, then you pull the axle pins next to the wheels, so they spin freely, and the engine isn't driving them.
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Does this machinehave a reverse gear?

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Yes, this has reverse.
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Yes, this tiller has a reverse gear.
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yes
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Yes. It has separate levers for forward and for reverse.
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Yes it does.
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18 in. 196cc 4-Cycle Rear-Tine Gas Tiller is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Starting and trying to keep it running is nearly impossible. I pulled and pulled and pulled and pulled and pulled and could not get this unit started. Finally, after trying everything else, I pulled the spark plug. The gapping was way off so I reset the gap...still no luck starting it. Only after injecting some starter fluid did it actually run...for a whole 7 seconds. I repeated this step about 10 times and finally got is running. I let it warm up for about 5 minutes and began tilling...I went about 5 yards and it died. I repeated this process about 20 times...five yards and it would die..over and over and over. I finally gave up for the day and will try it again tomorrow. If I have the same problem tomorrow I will return it.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful tiller - moderate cost This tiller arrived ahead of the shipping schedule and was easy to assemble with simple hand tools and adding the motor oil provided. The single speed transmission and counter rotating tines made controlling the tiller almost effortless. Hard soil took 2 passes to break through the crust but subsequent blending of amendments and moisture took no time at all. I added rubber side skirts to enhance tilling and blending and a front skirt to keep dirt off the rear deck. Drive mode to transport mode is easy to accomplish by changing the drive pins on the wheels. I also McGivered an auto-pilot to avoid continued holding of the forward control lever. This tiller makes less noise than my mower due to the effective exhaust muffler. The controls are easy to reach and use and it started on first pull, first time. Half throttle provides enough power for most tilling operations. I'm very happy with the quality and performance of this machine and would recommend it to anyone needing a compact yet powerful roto-tiller.
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so far so great love the reverse funtion. makes for easier use. good power and tills great. easy starter
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Powerful Tiller! When you first receive this, cut the sides of the box and fold down all 4 sides. This tiller weighs a couple hundred pounds, and you will not lift it out of the box. In fact, the instructions say to cut the sides of the box, but unfortunately the instructions are in the box. This is my 3rd Powermate yard tool, and I have yet to be disappointed. I also have their edger and their cultivator. This tiller came much more assembled than the instructions say. The clear instructions lead you step by step, and fortunately some of the steps are already done, so you need not do them. This is a HUGE plus, but Powermate needs to update their instructions to lessen any confusion. It comes with the oil, but you MUST fill the crankcase before starting. It does take the entire bottle of oil which was shipped with it. This is a direct drive tiller, so there is NO neutral per say. The tiller does NOT roll when not started. Eliminating the typical gear box is how many yard equipment manufacturers are going, to give the option of owning powerful machines at a lesser price point. Just keep this is mind when choosing your equipment. To "roll" this equipment, there are quick disconnect pins on the rims, so the rims are not locked to the axle. Once rolled when not started, you must put the pins back into the rim/axle. This machine started on the second pull, which was impressive. Some reviews say how hard equipment is to start after sitting for months. Do yourself a favor if any machine is going to sit for months on end. They are proper storing techniques for everything, and usually involves an additive to the fuel. I've yet to have a problem starting anything when properly stored. What I feel would be an improvement on this machine is quick disconnect pins for adjusting the handles. As it is currently, it's 2 bolts with nuts. I found when tilling, I had to move the handles to another position since the tiller was lower. It's a little bit of a nuisance to unbolt and re-bolt for adjustment. This machine does have reverse! A huge plus. I attached some pictures of tilling HARD soil ii a 20' x25' area. I tilled it each way, and took about an hour total. Impressive to say the least. This is a highly recommended product.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stalls Went about 20 yards, I think it got hot and stalled. I double checked the oil, choke, idle. All looked good. It started back up and I went about 10 yards over what I just tilled. It stalled again! Restarted, went another 10 yds. Stalled!! This time it wouldn't restart. I let it sit for about 30mins, it started. This will take forever to till a garden. Thinking about returning it!
Date published: 2016-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time and back-saving tool I found this rear-tine rototiller easy to set-up and use, though you'll need some strength to put it into "free wheel mode" to move it about when you're not using it. Get help for putting it together, as it's heavy. I have some decent sized rocks in my soil and it just tossed them up so I could toss them out of the way. Tines apparently don't have breakaway pins to break or fix. It starts easily each time. Use fuel additive always and keep the air filter clean after each use, especially when dusty. It pulls itself along nicely, maneuvers well, and gets the job done quickly.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from trash Do not buy this tiller. After 1 year belt shredded, carburetor broke a plastic part and is very hard to start
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy Didn't have to assemble. They had two models available. Started on first pull. Great traction, great power, and handles well. Only issue is that your right hand has to squeeze the handle to engage forward or reverse. That got me tired after tilling a 20'x60' section. It would be great if it had trigger for both hands. The other downside is that it only has one speed. You can adjust the throttle from turtle to hare, but even so the fastest speed is slower than a brisk walk. The power is superb. My soil was mixture of clay and hard mud with some gravel. Not as strong as the hydraulic rear tine tiller that can till through river rock, but strong enough. Worth the money!
Date published: 2016-05-02
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