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Dirty Hand Tools (16") 196cc Counter Rotating Rear Tine Tiller

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Model: 100983
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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5
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Stirring
Stirring
Yes
Breaking
Breaking
Hard SoilHard Soil
Engine
Tines
Rear Tine Tillers
Tine Rotation
Forward/Counter Rotation
Width / Depth
16 / 10"
196cc Kohler SH265 4-Cycle Engine
Overhead valve design for better fuel economy & top performance
Electronic ignition system for easy, dependable starts

Counter-Rotating Tines
Allows tines to work through tough soil conditions
Excellent for heavy soils and breaking sod
Ideal for preparing soil that has never been tilled previously

16" Tilling Width w/ 10" Tilling Depth
Allows you to cover more area in less time
Adjustable depth regulator (6-position)

Protective Front Bumper
Helps guard your engine from damage

13" x 5" AG Tires
Heavy treads provide better grip in cultivated and muddy soil


Engine
Engine Brand
Kohler
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
6.5 HP
CC
196 CCs
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Tines
Tine Position
Rear
Tine Direction
Counter Rotation
Depth Adjustments
6 Postions
Tilling Width Min
16 Inches
Tilling Width Max
16 Inches
Tilling Depth Min
3 Inches
Tilling Depth Max
10 Inches
Drive
Transmission
Gear
Forward Speeds
1 Forward
Accessories
Side Shield
Yes
Wheels
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Overview
Made in USA
No
Weight
145 Pounds
Product Length
43.0 Inches
Product Width
19.0 Inches
Product Height
45.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
UPC
856206004140
Model
100983
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Dirty Hand Tools 100983 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
3/5
Quality
3/5
Performance
3/5
Value
3/5
Overall
3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5
Pros
Price (9)
Durable (4)
High Quality (4)
Features (2)
Reliable (2)
Cons
Low Quality (2)
Durability (2)
Unreliable (2)
Needs Reverse And Neutra... (1)
Bad Instructions (1)
46% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Robert, the Tiller Expert

Bob, Ped Product Expert
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
51 Helpful Votes
New Dirty Hand Tools Tiller
Dirty Hand Tools builds some of the highest rated and most popular gas log splitters on our log splitters direct web store. They have applied that same design expertise and know-how to their two new tiller models.

The Dirty Hand Tools #100983 rear-tine tiller combines a dependable Kohler engine with a heavy duty, gear driven transmission to deliver a unit that will chew up both soft and hard soils. Whether you’re prepping new ground, or turning over last year’s garden to plant this year’s... more
Pros: Durable, Price, Reliable
Bob, Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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Matt W.
Rapid City, SD
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
SEP.
02
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Rebuttal To Darryl Y
So, I picked up a broken machine at the Menards clearance bin. When I got home, I discovered that it was the one that Darryl Y had reviewed so poorly. Well, here's the fun bit: I called Dirty Hand Tools to see if I could order a new axle shroud (or if I should just weld the old one) and they informed me that the machine was still inside the two year transferable warranty! So, they sent me an entire new lower unit! (See pic 1).

After about 10 minutes of work, I had a brand new machine.... more
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Pros: Price, High Quality, Customer Service, 2 Year Warranty
Matt Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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Darryl Y.
Box Elder, SD
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
05
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Just Junk
Picked this tiller up from a local hardware store!
The weak link is the belt! Mine on the other hand, mine fell on its face! on only the second pass in the garden!
The whole drive shaft unit sheared off!
Store will not stand behind it have to take to a warranty center! Think I made a bad move with this one!
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Darryl Does Not Recommend This Product
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Ben
Topeka, KS
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Junk
If you are a full blown mechanic I still wouldn't buy this machine. You will spend more time trying to keep a belt on it than you do tilling. The tire tube failed and I am on my 3rd drive belt after maybe 2 hours of tilling. I think my only hope is to make the belt so tight that the tiller runs all the time which isn't too safe but I've spent $22 on new belts to refill a 20x20 garden once.
Pros: Price, Good engine
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
Ben Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ben,
Sorry to hear that you are having an issue with your tiller. Please contact our service dept at 720-287-5182 and they can help you diagnose the issue. It sounds like there may need to be an adjustment done to the tensioning device and they can help you with that. -DHT
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A. A.
REVIEWED
JUN.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Great For Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I saw this unit in a local farm store next to MTD and Husq tillers. For the price the Dirty Hand Tools tiller was a much better buy especially since you get a Kohler engine with it.

We have used it vigorously and it has held up to everything we have thrown at it. I adjusted the cable after about 1.5 hrs to account for belt wear. Runs like a champ... Thanks PED.
Pros: Price, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
A. Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
A.'s Experience With Tillers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Super quick shipping...I have bought 3 things. Please....less daily email spam though."
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Steve V.
Sioux, IA
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Tough Tiller!!!
This tiller should be at the top of your list for a rear tine tiller. It is awesome!! It tears up our 2000 sq ft garden in no time. Engine starts on the second pull. It is a big tiller so beware.....but for bigger jobs it is perfect!! Thanks
Pros: Price, Durable, High Quality
Steve Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
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Scott O.
Batavia, IL
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Drive Belt Poor Quality/tensioning Mechanism Lacking
Bought tiller for counter-rotating tines. Initial use started OK with difficult clay soil. Took light passes but as tines loaded up, belt tensioning mechanism had to be adjusted multiple times. Belt continued to slip on heavy demand areas. Belt failed and replacement belt from NAPA store was guesswork. Manual does not state proper belt length and belt markings don't help either. 25" too short, 26" OK.

Counter-Rotating tines make tiller very manageable, doesn't try to run away... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Price
Cons: Bad Instructions, Durability
Scott Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Scott,
Thank you for your purchase of the DHT tiller and we are sorry to hear that you are not having a 5 star experience. Please give us a call if there is anything we can do to help at 720-287-5182. -DHT
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Ryan
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
26
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Where's The Reverse??
Got my new DHT Model 100983 tiller today. Looks great and appears to be a well built machine for the money. Unfortunately I should have researched more - THIS TILLER has NO REVERSE!! In fact, its only got forward - the thing is locked in drive its whole life. The only way to go anywhere but forward is to pull the pins in the axle to let the wheels spin.

Big time bummer for me as I have a fenced garden and use all available space so I need to be switching gears a lot to get the job done... more
Pros: Price
Cons: Difficult To Use, Needs Reverse And Neutral Gear Selection
Ryan Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ryan,
Ryan,

We appreciate your purchase of the DHT tiller and regret that you are not having a positive experience. This tiller in fact only operates with a forward gear as called out in the specs. There are tillers available with a reverse gear, but they are generally more expensive. We want you to be happy with your purchase, if there is anything we can do please give us a call at 720-287-5182. Thanks
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Jeff B.
Martinsville, IN
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
24
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Run
I've had 2 of these in 24 hours and still my garden isn't tilled. The Koehler motor is great, the frame is good, the transmission is good but unless your going through butter, the belt is the weak link no matter how you adjust it. Taking the second one back tomorrow. I did not buy this from Tillers Direct.
Jeff Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Jeff,
Please give our customer service dept a call to figure out what is going on with your tiller. We will be happy to assist you and to make sure we get your tiller performing to your expectation. Our customer service number is 720-287-5182. -DHT
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Bert W.
Raleigh, NC
REVIEWED
JUL.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Beast For Moderate Size Garden
We have some really difficult soil and honestly I wondered if this tiller was enough for our 2,000 sq garden we were installing. Have to say that out of the box it worked really well.

We adjusted the tension of the cables a bit but other than gas and oil that was it. Rode it hard and put it away wet. Looking forward to the fall when we mix in some compost. Thanks PED
Bert Recommends This Dirty Hand Tools Product
Bert's Experience With Tillers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Fast turn around....thanks!"
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Scott D.
Zeeland, MI
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 5/26/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
23
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Belt Is Weak Link.
I have clay and sand soil. I went to together smooth and started right up. I am impressed with engine and transmission. The tires are small and there is no tire cut out on the by rear tines by the tires. So, there is an issue with dirty and weeds building up. If there were taller tires and cut outs for tires, this would be less of a problem. I burn out 4 belts on this machine.

I have been on the phone with customer service at lease 3 times trying to adjust to belt. Finally, they had a... more
Scott Does Not Recommend This Product
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