Poulan Pro HDF900
So far so good
Bought this Poulan Pro HDF900 tiller at a good price ($400) and have had reasonable performance from it so far. Followed the instructions and let the motor run for 5 minutes before using for the first time. Have a back yard that needs serious work, started by cultivating with a mattock. Then went over the area with the tiller. There were lots of roots and rocks to deal with and this machine did a nice job of the area.
The manual doesn't quite match the machine however. And when I called the help line they weren't much help. There are at least three other models that have the same model number (with other features i.e. on/off switch, reverse tine control...). I was hoping to find the matching manual to ensure all instructions were properly followed.
If the machine continues to perform as it has I'll have no complaints. I'm a bigger guy and can handle the tiller easily enough.
Take care of your equipment and expect years of use.
July 7, 2014
poulan pro 900 series tiller
I am a home owner who uses this thing 2-4 times a year. First off, after i got it noticed air line was broken to the OHV connection but worked 1st year. Used it about 4 days for 6 hours combined worked okay, not the best but worked. 2nd year (2014) break it out and go to use it, will not start. Almost started but would not fire up then no more attempts to start after 100 pulls. Called Poulan they refer me to a service place, call them they say if it had any fuel in it from last year the tank has to drained along with carb and then try again... I have a lawn mover that spent a yr in Connecticut out side all year before i got it that has not failed me in 6 years and a Homelite weedeater that has been running for almost 12 years without fail. So you are telling me a garage kept tiller with very little fuel wont start and that fuel is bad after 30 days in the tank? i beg to differ. Not happy about this products performance at all. Would not recommend currently till i get a product i can use consistently my 1-4 times a year.
May 20, 2014
Not what i expected
Just tried my tiller for the first time, not impressed. I have been using a tiller I bought from a buddy 5 years ago made up of parts from 3 or 4 different machines for 40 bucks with a 3.5 briggs that got the job done but it was a handfull, poulan isn't much better. Engine started first pull and ran good but just didn't get through the garden any better than the questionable machine I had been using. guess I should have spent a bit more and got a good machine!
PS - Started making a funny noise half way through the garden, will take it to the warranty place then try to unload on some unsuspecting person.
May 16, 2014
Very, Very Dissappointed
I purchased one of these 3 yrs. ago, I have used it 6 times maybe a total of 20 hours, and it stopped working! Engine runs great but the tines don't turn. I called customer service and they told me to take it to a local dealer and if they feel something was wrong that was "out of the ordinary" Poulan might make an exception as to the warranty! I got a call to tell me a chain has broken in the transmission and it would cost $289 for a new transmission plus the labour to put it in.
My last tiller lasted over 20 years.....3 years 20 hours .... what gives! Would NOT recommend this tiller to any one. Must be better companies to deal with and far superior tillers on the market.
October 16, 2013
I just use it to till my wife's garden but this machine never fails to get the job done. It digs through previously untill hard texas dirt with ease.
My only negative about it is the depth "guage" between the wheels, it won't stay locked up when not in use and gets on my nerves. but it does not detract from the tiller's function.
If you are looking for a hard working tiller - this is the one.
March 28, 2012