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Husqvarna FT900 12"/22"/26" Standard Rotating Front Tine Tiller

Model: FT900  |  Item Number: 960830009
UPC: 085388331106
 - 4.00 Stars - Based on 7 Review(s)
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Features for the Husqvarna FT900

The Husqvarna FT900 is your basic, easy to handle tiller that's ideal for gardens and flower beds. Built with a Briggs & Stratton OHV engine with a one gear forward and reverse operation, allows this tiller to tear up tougher, compact soil. The FT900 is outfitted with carrying handles for easy handling.

  • Power Forward and Reverse: One gear forward and one reverse, for easy operation, maneuverability and transport.
  • Drag Bar: Easy-adjust drag bar, for balance in different working conditions.
  • Reverse Gearbox: Improves maneuverability and control.
  • Briggs and Stratton OHV Engine: Powerful overhead-valve Briggs and Stratton 900 OHV Series engine provides the torque necessary to cultivate the most compact earth.

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Technical Specs for the Husqvarna FT900*

Engine Brand Briggs and Stratton 900 OHV Series
Gross Torque 9 lb ft
Displacement(cc) 205cc
Rotational Speed 118 rpm
Fuel Capacity 0.75 gal

Transmission Type Chain / Manual
Transmission Steps Forward 1
Transmission Steps Reverse 1

Tiller Type Front Tine
Tilling Width 26 inches
Tilling Depth 6.5 inches
Depth Adjustment Steps 6

Vertically Adjustable Handlebar Yes
Handlebar Mounted Gear Selection No
Reverse Gearbox Yes
Carry Handle Yes
Transport Wheel(s) 2
Drag Bar Yes
Counter Rotating Tines No
Forward Rotating Tines Yes
Tube Bumper No

Weight (lbs.) 100 lbs

Engine 4-Cycle

* These Technical Specs are provided by the manufacturer at the beginning of the model year. Please be aware that the manufacturer may decide to change these specs at any given time without notice.

Reviews for the FT900

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Reviewed on   -   Purchased on 1/27/2018
  Have had it 2 weeks. Ran OK for 10 minutes once. Now won't run at all without choke on. Looks good ,reverse works, does well if running. Will try to fix myself before testing out warranty.
Reviewed on   -   Purchased on 2/23/2015
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Reviewed on   -   Purchased on 1/11/2015
I am very pleased with the front tine tiller, it works great! Our soil is pretty hard and I could not be happier. We usually rent a rear tine tiller but this one works just as well!
Reviewed on   -   Purchased on 4/13/2013
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Reviewed on   -   Purchased on 3/10/2013
I've used it several times already, and it runs great.  It has always started on the first pull.  The only drawback is the poor design of the wheels.  They always seemed to bow outward, and when I hit a root while tilling, one of them bent so badly that they are unusable now.  I hope to find someone that can straighten them out and reinforce them for me.
Reviewed on   -   Purchased on 12/5/2012

This tiller is similar to but improved over the 1983 Wards version that it replaces.  I chose this model because I have used rear-tine tillers and cannot easily turn nor till to the edges of my raised-bed gardens.  The specifications of this model matched very closely to those of the tiller that I have been using for the past 40 years.  I paid $430.00 for the old tiller in 1983.  The new model was not much more expensive and included free-shipping via motor express.  It arrived well-crated, filled with oil and assembly was quick and easy.

The improvement made in this model is the ability to reverse, but at cost of greater complexity in the driving belt mechanism.  I replaced the old tiller because, after 40 years service, the muffler bolts finally sheared in the head and the drive shaft oil seal into the chain box failed.  A few years ago the idler pulley failed but found a replacement of the same diameter at Jack's.  With a little lathe work to reduce the diameter of the pulley flange, the replacement idler pulley returned the old tiller to service. 

Repairs needed to return the old tiller to service would require a top-end job (in order to use the drill press to repair the twisted off muffle bolts) and replacement of the shaft oil seal requires rebuilding the chain box.  I would rather garden than spend the time making these repairs so I purchased the Huskqvarna model that is identical in size (12-26") and H.P. 5.0 as the old model. The design is almost identical to the old tiller.

The "lifetime" factory lubrication is in my experience good for maybe ten years before the seals in the chaincase and shaft begin to leak.  Then you must service the tiller every year by refilling with gear oil for maybe the next twenty years.  Evidently the manufacturers define lifetime differently that I do...but maybe this one will last my lifetime, because 20 years will take me into my 90s and I expect my seals will start to go too.

Disadvantages, to my mind, is the added complexity of the motor controls versus the old model which had the sparkplug exposed with a simple shorting tab a simple throttle, and an easily adjustable carburetor.  The mindless configuration of the new Briggs & Stratton engine is not superior to my way of thinking.

The muffler and air filter in the new model are better than the old design, but the old one served perfectly well for 40 years so it wasn't too bad.  Overall this is a good value tiller and should sell well to anyone having a mid-sized garden.


Reviewed on   -   Purchased on 4/18/2012
I'll give the FT900 five stars even though I can't find reverse.

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