Well, yesterday I bought yet another roto-tiller after the beast from China proved useless in tight places. This time, it’s a Troy-Bilt Super Bronco. It’s a rear-tined tiller like the Chinese monster but it’s four or five times lighter and a lot smaller for ease of use in tighter places. First impressions:
- the box needs handles… at nearly 200 pounds it’s just hard to get fingers under it or to take hold of corners,
- the assembly instructions don’t match perfectly. My machine was free-wheeling in the box,
- handles are a little flimsy for the weight of the machine. One needs to take care in manoeuvring,
- gasoline engine is pretty standard except no priming bulb can be seen,
- one dangerous step in assembly involves control-cables which are colour coded but the manual is black and white and the manual spells out the words. I checked the part numbers just to be certain, and
- it was shipped with oil in a bag. I will check all fluids to be sure.
Today’s adventure involved two steps: getting the box out of the SUV and onto a utility cart. I used a rope to slide the box out as far as I could and then pried it up to put a couple of 1-inch boards underneath to slide it further. When it was near the tipping point, I rolled the cart up close and blocked the wheels. The box easily tipped onto the cart. I then slid the box further out on the cart. At the end I lowered the heavy end of the box onto the cart and slid the box back a bit on the cart. I probably should have used a different method for lowering the box as it was rather hard on my back… I assembled the handles and controls after removing the cardboard from a wooden platform and reading the fine manuals. There were no surprises except for a lack of “zoom”. The PDF is out there…
I’ll record the model and serial numbers for future reference as the one on the shroud is likely to be defaced sooner or later. Most likely, I will fire this thing up this afternoon. I doubt I will have the five hours of break-in on it this planting season as I mostly have 10000 square feet of garden to do. The rest of the yard was done in previous years by the Chinese tiller.