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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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  6 Questions
Q: When Breaking hard new ground your supposed to run the tines in reverse while you run the tiller forward. Does the blades and tines run just backwards and/or forwards or is there a setting to run half the tines one way and the rest the opposite simultaniously?
by Tim Tuttle from Tennessee on May 11, 2015

A: Tim,

Using counter (reverse) rotating tines is the most aggressive approach and is best when breaking new ground. This tiller is "Dual Rotating". At anyone time the tines are all rotating in the same direction either all forward or all counter (reverse). Dual rotating allows you to select either forward or counter rotating tine directions.
by Bob, Product Expert
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
Cub Cadet RT65 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5
I'd Buy It Again (5)
Durable (3)
Features (3)
Reliable (3)
Easy To Use (2)
Bad Instructions (2)
Packaging (1)
Low Quality (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
Had To Replace The Engin... (1)
70% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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1331 Helpful Votes
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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Mike C.
Bel Air, MD
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
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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David S.
Wasilla, AK
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Stuck In Gear
I have about 15 hours on mine and it is stuck in forward gear and forward tine rotation. This seams to be a very common problem. All I can suggest is read more than one review online. I would not buy this tiller again.
Cons: Unreliable, Durability
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Forrest W.
Republic, OH
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Looks Nice, But . . . .
Nice looking machine. Made in the U.S. Can't go wrong. Right? Bought my RT 65 H two days ago. Haven't used it yet but it's already makiWrong. Both shaft seals are a nice mess on my shop floor. The dealer said that the gearbox was leaking but they tightened it up so it should be OK. Leaking. Either they don't know how to put a shaft through grease seals or they are using inferior parts. Hey Cub Cadet, you're making "Made in the U.S.A" look bad. I guess I'll have to return it.
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1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Don't Hit A Rock
Based on the reviews I saw here I bought this tiller. My first use was positive. Hard to shift but the engine and tiller function were really good. The second time out a rock lodged between the tiller blade and the horizontal bar supporting the front of the tiller blade housing. The bar bent and locked up the tiller blades on the opposite side. Very flimsy construction and bad design if a rock will bend a component and jam your tiller. Cub Cadet won't pay for the replacement since the warranty... more
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A. D.
Cedar Lake, IN
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 5/21/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Wonderful Tiller
This tiller is exactly like they describe it. It is a work horse & easily goes through our Indiana clay. I am very happy with this purchase. I definitely would recommend it to others.
A. Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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William D.
Madison, KS
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 5/24/15
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
You Can Do Better For The Price
After spending $1049 (after shipping) for this tiller, I found a nearly identical one at a local hardware store for $300 less, except it was painted orange, had minor cosmetic differences, and it said "Husqvarna" on the side.

It was easy to assemble and adjust, and started up very easily. I have hard clay soil, so it bogs the engine down quite a bit. I have to start off very shallow. Overall, I was really happy until about 2 hours of use. The belt became loose. There's not... more
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Milica P.
Washburn, TN
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 5/11/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Like The Tiller
We used the tiller only once so far and it worked to our expectations.

It came in excellent condition, packaging wise, and the instructions were clear enough. It may be of interest that I am a 5' 8" 83 years old female and was able to put all the parts together, so that the operator had only to add the oil and the fuel, and here he goes tilling my garden! Maybe it helped that I have a PhD in Chemistry!! If you ask in a year I can give you a new story.

Keep up the good work.
Milica 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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Rob G.
Summerfield, FL
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 4/27/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cub Cadet Does The Job
I have had lakefront property for more than 35 years. A swimming beach was established decades ago and recently we have had way lower than normal lake levels. Fortunately, the level has been on the increase, but this caused a lot of unwanted growth and brush.

Many years ago, when the beach area was less than half of what it is now, I would extract and till the beach by the use of hand tools.
Well those days are long gone, because the Cub Cadet handles this as well as brush grown in shallow... more
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Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 4/30/13
Total Helpful Votes
38 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
37 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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