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Cub Cadet RT65 (18") 187cc Honda Dual Rotating Rear Tine Tiller

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Hard SoilHard Soil
Mid Grade
Honda Engine
Rear Tine Tillers
Tine Rotation
Forward/Counter Rotation
Max Width
Max Depth
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Premium Honda 187cc GC 4-Cycle OHC Engine
Provides torque needed to cultivate the most compact soil
6.9 lb-ft gross torque
190 rpm rotational speed

Self-Propelled Drive System
One forward speed and one reverse speed

Dual Rotating Tines
Functions as a forward rotating cultivator
Functions as a counter rotating deep soil tiller

13-Inch Tine Diameter
Self-sharpening, heat-treated tines
Delivers superior ground breaking & seedbed prep in any soil

Wider 18-Inch Working Width Rear Tine Design
Wider width gives you more tilling area with each pass
Cover more ground so you get your work done faster

Heavy-Duty Front Counterweight
Increases weight on the wheels and improves balance
Provides safer operation

16-Inch Pneumatic Ag Tread Tires
Heavy treads provide better grip in cultivated and muddy soil

  Model Number:RT65
 ManufacturerCub Cadet
 Made in USAYes
 Engine BrandHonda GC
 Starting SystemRecoil Start
 HP/CC187 cc
 Torque6.9 ft-lbs Net Torque
 Fuel Tank Size0.50 Gallon
 Cylinders1 Cylinder
 Oil FilterNo
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
 TransmissionChain / Manual
 Speeds1 Forward/1 Reverse
 Tire Size16 Inch
 Tine DirectionDual Rotation
 Tine Diameter13 Inch
 Depth Adjustments6 Postions
 Tine RPM190 RPM
 Tilling Width18 inches
 Tilling Depth6.5 inches
 Side ShieldYes
 Weight220.0 Lbs. (99.79 kilograms)
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
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  5 Questions
Q: Can you get this tiller with an electric start?
by B Rutherford from Louisiana on March 12, 2014

A: The Cub Cadet RT65 tiller is not available with an electric start if you want the Honda engine. The RT65 only comes with an electric start with the Cub Cadet 208cc engine: RT65E
by Bob, Product Expert
Q: Hi - I'm building a fence around my garden and am interested in the width of the Cub Cadet RT65 and Husqvarna DRT900/DRT900H so I know how wide I need to make the gate. Don't want to build a fence and find I can't get the tiller into the garden!
by Roger from Colorado on September 02, 2013

A: Roger,

We are looking at a max width of about 23" when the RT65 is fully assembled, and the DRT900/900H are the same size with a max width of about 20.5".

If you have any further questions, always feel free to contact me directly at 800-710-7499 Ext. 133.

I'm always happy to help!
by Bob, Product Expert
Q: Hello,

Are there other attachments that can be used with this tiller? Perhaps a hiller/furrower?

Thank you!

by Katie from Vermont on February 11, 2013

A: Katie - sorry, but Cub Cadet no longer offers a hiller/furrower for their rear tine tillers. They did, but they dropped it from their offering a year or two ago.
by Bob, Product Expert
Q: What size wheels does the cub cadet rt65 tiller have
by Wendell Kratz from Arkansas on February 08, 2013

A: Wendell - the Cub Cadet RT65 series tillers have a 16-inch pneumatic ag tread tire.
by Bob, Product Expert
Q: looking at the Cub Cadet RT45 and RT65
RT 65 has a honda engine
who makes the RT 45 engine ?
Are the tilers identicall except the engines?

by Jim Ace Rental from Minnesota on February 05, 2013

A: Jim,

The RT45 uses a Cub Cadet engine. Cub Cadet build their own engines.

The 45 has counter rotating tines, 13x5 tires, 12 inch tines and five depth adjustments up to 6 inches.

The RT65 has dual rotating tines-all forward or all counter(backward)-, 16 inch tires, 13 inch tines and six depth adjustments up to 6.5 inches.
by Bob, Product Expert
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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
I'd Buy It Again (5)
Durable (3)
Reliable (3)
Features (3)
Easy To Use (2)
Bad Instructions (2)
Gear Designations Are No... (1)
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85% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Tillers Direct Recommended

The Cub Cadet RT65 dual rotating rear tine garden tiller is built tough and it's priced so that any homeowner can afford one! This workhorse will dig deep and turn over the most compacted soil with ease.

The Cub Cadet RT65 rear tine tiller features a premium 187cc Honda GC-series engine that fires this tiller up quickly and easily. The transmission is self-propelled with forward and reverse operation. The tines are 13 inches in diameter and are dual rotating, heat treated, and... more
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John R.
Portland, OR
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 12/11/14
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Tiller/honda Engine
I just received this unit with no shipping issues. Assembly was easy. A review of the manual showed the various parts needed in the future. I called my local Cub Cadet dealer to see what they stocked. As they only carried air filters and spark plugs I went to Cub Cadet and ordered a replacement belt, fuel filter and tine axle clevis pins for future maintenance issues.

Prior to this unit I had a similar unit with a Briggs engine and manual neutral wheel positioning (PIN) for moving the... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Features, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
Cons: Bad Instructions
John Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Mike C.
Bel Air, MD
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Awesome
I thought it would take me all day to till my new garden, but it took about 1.5 hours to do a new garden 30x50.
Mike Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Paul M.
Brentwood, TN
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 9/21/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cub Cadet Rt65 Tiller
I had a Troy Bilt Horse tiller for 30 yrs. It eventually threw a rod, and I discovered that the engine was no longer made. I searched for comparison information and Direct Tillers offered an excellent service. Never was able to connect to "Bob" and he never returned my messages. I did talk to a human (not Bob) and she gave me helpful information.

To the best of my ability to discern, the Troy Bilt Horse is an overpriced machine. I did find both the Cadet and the Troy Bilt at... more
Paul Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Henrik R.
Brier, WA
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 8/9/14
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Machine Pure Packing
I like the machine, but the box was totally damaged and pallet was broken, when it came pure packing.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Packaging
Henrik Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Joseph M.
South Prince George, VA
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 7/4/14
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
No throttle control on handle.
Pros: Reliable, Features, Quiet, Light Weight
Cons: Low Quality, Difficult To Use, Bad Instructions
Joseph Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Jon M.
Baldwin City, KS
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 9/13/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far, So Good.
Everything went as expected. Driver was great. Probably have about 45min. on it. So far so good.
Jon Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Mark H.
Bellville, TX
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Tiller For The Money
Well balanced and easy to operate. This is a real workhorse!
Mark Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 4/30/13
Total Helpful Votes
32 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cub Tiller
This is a great tiller. I used it now for about one month. It arrived by truck in great shape, no damage. I just had to attach the handle and control cable. They even included a quart of oil. It is nice and quiet and starts very easily. Plenty of power to get the job done. The only drawback is that it is a little difficult to turn around with the axle being locked, I wish they would have a steering system like snow blowers do, where you can unlock one wheel to make turning easy. One other thing... more
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Roy, WA
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 2/26/13
Total Helpful Votes
30 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Tiller
I bought the Cub Cadet because of the front weight, dual rotating blades, the larger wheels and the Honda motor. So far it has done a great job. It is very easy to use, as a woman I was concerned about being able to control it. Not a problem at all. We have very rocky soil and it goes through it very well. The pull start is very easy to pull and starts after a couple of pulls when cold and 1 after warmed up. The self propel feature is great too. My garden is at the bottom of a steep hill... more
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Robert S.
Danville, CA
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 4/6/13
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Rotilling In Hard Clayey Soil
This tiller did a great job preparing our garden. It has plenty of power and starts right up. One caution that I learned was the reverse gear operation. One needs to be cognizant of what's behind you when you put it in reverse. I learned to basically step aside and let the tiller go beside me. The tiller will give one a great full body workout and the end result will be a garden ready to plant. I especially like the large diameter wheels and the counter-rotation of the tines. The latter... more
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Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 8/20/13
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Works Great If You Till With Something Else First.
The Engine and transmission seem to work well and it seems well built, although, I have only used it a couple of times now on pre-broke dirt. My only complaint is that it can't take a very deep "bite" on any single pass. It may take more practice running it and getting used to it though. I can only compare it to my front tine tiller which was a piece of cake tilling up a 3000 square foot garden. With the front tine I could do the whole thing with one pass to get about 6-8 inches... more
Pros: Durable, Quiet, Reliable
Cons: Expensive
Corey Would Recommend Tillers Direct To A Friend
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