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18 in. 212 cc Gas 4-Cycle Rear Tine Tiller

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About This Product

The Powermate Rear Tine Tiller is the perfect tool for any job from gardening and light tilling to hard groundbreaking work. The 10.3 ft. per lbs. 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 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 1 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, 212 cc OHV engine provides the necessary strength for tilling your soil
  • With a 18 tilling width, self-sharpening steel tines plow while maintaining blade edge
  • 13 in. heavy duty pneumatic tires easily maneuver through tough landscapes
  • Manual recoil easy start fuel delivery system
  • Can travel forward and in reverse, allowing for maximum mobility in a variety of conditions
  • Folding pistol grip handles for convenient storage
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Product Information

Internet # 307892878

Model # PRTT212

Store SKU # 1004042962


Dimensions: H 19.88 in, W 24 in, D 45.27 in


Assembled Depth (in.)

45.27 in

Assembled Height (in.)

19.88 in

Assembled Width (in.)

24 in

Handle Length (in.)


Product Depth (in.)

45.27 in

Product Height (in.)

19.88 in

Product Width (in.)

24 in

Tine length (in.)



Adjustable Forward Speed


Adjustable Handle


Assembly Required








Engine Cycles

4 Cycle

Engine Displacement (cc)


Engine Make

OEM Branded Engine

Engine Type

4 Cycle


Adjustable Forward Speed, Assembly Required, Foldable handle, Portable, Power Reverse, Self-Propelled

Foldable handle


Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)


Maximum Till Depth (in.)


Maximum Till Width (in.)


Number of Tines

4 Tines

Number of tines


Power Type


Product Weight (lb.)

154 lb







Start Type

Recoil Start

Tine Material


Tine Position

Rear Tine

Translucent fuel tank


Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings

EPA Safer-Choice Certified

Manufacturer Warranty

2 Year Limited

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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

  • 4 out of 285 reviews
  • 78% recommend this product
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First, make sure to drain the SHIPPING OIL in the engine and put in small engine oil. Second, replace the pins for the wheels. Ours began falling out within minutes and would constantly do so. The picture shows what comes with on top and what I replaced them with on bottom. Got them from the tractor store. Overall, it does the job we bought it to do and saves us a lot of time in our garden.
    • Recommended
    1 found this review helpful
    This tiller did a good job. I tilled 3 passes and then cross tilled. I then raked out the sod and...
    This tiller did a good job. I tilled 3 passes and then cross tilled. I then raked out the sod and rocks and made a nice 16' X 32' garden bed.
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    • Recommended
    Was easy to assemble and directions easy to follow. I like the easy access to the gear box oil. W...
    Was easy to assemble and directions easy to follow. I like the easy access to the gear box oil. Wish the tines were longer, so it would till deeper.
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    • Recommended
    The Powermate Rear Tine Tiller is a beast! We had a large area to clear for a garden area. Had a ...
    The Powermate Rear Tine Tiller is a beast! We had a large area to clear for a garden area. Had a company come in and grind stumps and remove any large debris. Brought in the Powermate and it ate through the underbrush, ferns, roots (some very large). As long as you are strong enough to run the machine it will take care of the job!
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    • Recommended
    I have used the Powermate tiller twice now and it has performed great. The only issue I had was t...
    I have used the Powermate tiller twice now and it has performed great. The only issue I had was that one of the wheel pins fell off after 5 minutes of use. The other pin worked fine, so I must have installed the other pin incorrectly. I just purchased another pin and the unit has had on other problems.
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    • Recommended
    Starting with the unpacking and assembly it was very quick and easy to put the unit together. I w...
    Starting with the unpacking and assembly it was very quick and easy to put the unit together. I would like to point out that when you place the wheels onto the drive shaft you have two options. You can slide the wheel all the way in and then when you place the keeper pin into place the wheel will free wheel. This means that if you do this by mistake during assembly you may be concerned because when you start the unit it will not self propel in forward or reverse. If this happens to you just remove the clip and slide the wheel out a little bit and locate the hole in the drive shaft and then replace the pin so that it goes through the hole in the drive shaft. Next thing, it comes with a full quart of oil but be warned that if you just assume it uses that much and pour it all in you will overflow the oil filler tube and make a big mess and then have to drain down the level. Therefore, when adding the oil start by adding about 2/3 of the quart and then top it off slowly, add a little bit of oil and check it, repeat again and again so you reach the topped off mark taking your time. Now for the functionality. My unit starts like a dream nearly always on that very first pull. It runs smooth and uses very little gas as it runs a very long time on a tank full. It tills beautifully and works like a dream with plenty of power. I immediately fell in love with the counter-rotating design. If you have ever fought holding back a tiller that was trying to yank and pull you along you will love this unit. When the wheels are moving the tiller forward the tines are going the opposite direction and pulling the tiller backwards. This is amazing and allows you to run the machine and til even to maximum depth without struggling to control the machine. Last but not least the reverse is a great feature and it is very helpful to maneuver the unit when you have completed a pass or even when backing it out of your storage location. I used to have an older Troy Bilt and always thought it was a great machine and in fact it was a very good tiller. I would put this tiller in that same league after having used it for several hours. For the money I think this may possibly be the best rear tine tiller option out there.
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    • Recommended
    1 found this review helpful
    Went together easy (pre-assembled at store), started right up, easy to figure out how best to use...
    Went together easy (pre-assembled at store), started right up, easy to figure out how best to use and move around AND does a fabulous job! Value: go ahead and compare similar and you'll see this one is hundreds less $$ with better engine and ease of operation. Quality: great quality overall and just a couple of nit-picks (see below) minor. Features: great again and would be perfect if there were a shield between the wheels where the transmission fill sits. I really will cut some flexible plastic or sheet metal and cover this up. Hard to clean area that will rust if you don't. Nit-picks: I ran for a total of 2.5hrs and looked at the oil: IT WAS REALLY DIRTY and when I changed it, there were little bits of shiny metal. It is understandable BUT don't go 5 hours before changing. Do what you want, I will change oil each time I use it until I like what I see on changing. REMEMBER the only oil filter in this engine IS YOU changing the oil! Nit#2: wheel pin bail came flipped open on first tilling- it stayed in but if you lose one, you are down. I will order more now, along with a spare air filter because it is NOT a branded filter (ie custom until I find other wise. I am delighted with this tiller, I should have done it years ago ( but this year it has more HP and torque!)
      • Recommended
      Was this thing made of Chinese Metal? Wow it's falling apart less than 2 years!
      This thing is so cheap made I don't know where to start. If you actually do any gardening and use it , it's not going to last. Today is 3/5/2020 , I bought this thing in around 6/`18 , not even 2 years ago. Really haven't even used it a full season. I went out today to get my tiller to use it , I looked down and thought I had a flat. To my dismay, one of the rims has rusted so badly that the tires has popped off of the rim. The entire edge of the rim has completely rusted off and the tube blew out the side. The rim looks like it's made out of very thing sheets of cheap tin and it's flaking apart.. You can see the rim is made out of very cheap layered metal and it just fell to pieces. I've never seen anything like it.. This rim looks like it's a 100 years old on the outside, the inside looks better but already rusting .. The one on the other side is the same way.. The inside looks ok but the outside is literally rusting off and the tires about ready to come off of it also. How do you explain this? I bought this tiller less than 2 years ago, around very late spring to summer, I didn't even use it much the first summer and planted a small garden last year and some flower beds.. During that time, one of the tires went flat. The tires are made out of very thin ply rubber. I had to buy a new tube for it. Got that fixed and thought I was ok. Next my dad was using it to till a small garden, mind you , he's an 85 year old man, the forward cable just snapped into on it and the gears seem to grind when you engage them because the cables won't stay adjusted/ tight. I had to replace that. The tines are very cheap light weight metal, they have already bent several times and I've had to straighten them back out, The guard over the tines is even cheaper metal, every time something gets hung up in it, it knocks a dent in it or knocks it side ways.. I've had to straighten it out twice already and it looks kind of lop sided because it's nothing but cheap tin.. I am completely bewildered about these rims.. Both of them are completely rusty in less than 2 years of usage and I don't live in a salty climate and I not that hard on a tiller. I usually rinse my tiller off after I use it but I can't believe the rims are literally just falling to pieces.. I'm talking like a rusty old can .. This is unbelievable. I am contacting the company today that makes this thing and give them a piece of my mind. I've owned Cub cadets and troybilts over the years and they have been through all sorts of terrain and weather and lasted for years without issues never even had a repair. I just parted with a troy about 2 years ago because it finally wore out , it was built in 1992 and if the tranny hadn't failed after nearly 30 years, I would still be using it. If you're using this thing for a small flower bed or garden you may be alright but I can't recommend this thing for a real gardener .. This really just blows my mind . Everything about this machine, all of the metal , is made out of cheap materials. I wish I had never bought it I've done nothing but repair it and replace things on it since I've had it and this is just the beginning and now it looks like I'm going to have to buy new rims and tires for it already and really haven't even started the season with it.
        11 found this review helpful
        This tiller is a nice addition for anyone who gardens. The engine starts with the first pull. The...
        This tiller is a nice addition for anyone who gardens. The engine starts with the first pull. The choke and throttle are easy to set/adjust. It was easy to assemble and get up and running quickly. The forward and reverse are easy to engage. It tills an 18 in wide strip. The run speed is adequate and makes quick work of tilling. It is easy to handle, maneuver and turn. I look forward to gardening with this tiller.
        • Recommended
        2 found this review helpful
        I'll be honest...I didn't expect this Powermate Tiller to perform very well. Boy was I wrong. It...
        I'll be honest...I didn't expect this Powermate Tiller to perform very well. Boy was I wrong. It was shipped to my door and arrived in good shape. All the parts were there. Assembly is required but it's very easy and only takes a few minutes. Place the wheels on the axle and pin them in place. Install 4 bolts with twist knobs to attach the upper handle to the lower handle. Install two other bolts to the lower handle thru the transmission cover. Tighten all nuts/bolts. Simple. Next add oil...it's included with the machine. I recommend checking the gear oil level as well. Mine was fine. Last step is to add gasoline. I gave my machine a once over and checked that everything was in place and tight. It was. Moment of truth. Time to fire it up. Make sure the fuel shutoff switch is open. Put the choke switch to start. Turn the red "On/Off" switch to "On". Pull the handle. My machine started on the very first pull. I was quite surprised by that. The engine runs quietly and very smooth. It reminds me of a Honda engine. There is a manual throttle control beside the pull starter. I engaged the transmission and away it went. Forward and Reverse both worked as they should. It moves at a slow walking pace and the speed isn't adjustable. But it seems to work fine. Next big test...take it down to the area I wanted to prepare for a garden this year. Our ground is EXTREMELY rocky with basalt rocks anywhere from the size of an egg to a beach ball. Lots of them. I ran the Powermate Tiller over about 100 feet of bone jarring, rocky soil. It did stall out once when two grapefruit-sized rocks got caught in the tines. Other than that it worked admirably thru this brutal torture test. Probably handled it better than I did. It was very difficult to keep it under control due to the amount of rocks. It tilled to a depth of about 6" when not striking rocky obstructions. Amazingly all of the tines survived as did the transmission. The tine shield suffered some pretty impressive damage...dents and bends in the sheet metal. A few places look like some stones nearly penetrated the sheet metal of the shield. Obviously it did it's job well. This thing should work great and last for years for someone who just uses it in nice soil. I was very impressed with how well it handled the ground here. One complaint and it's kind of annoying. For some reason the exhaust is directed right into the users face. That got annoying as there was no wind to mitigate it. This might be a real problem for some people. Aside from that issue this thing worked like a champ.
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        9 found this review helpful
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