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Troy-Bilt Big Red™ (20") 306cc Forward Rotating Rear Tine Tiller w/ Electric Start

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Model: 21AE682L766
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Stirring
Stirring
Yes
Breaking
Breaking
Hard SoilHard Soil
Engine
Tines
Rear Tine Tillers
Tine Rotation
Forward Rotation
Width / Depth
20 / 6"
306cc Briggs & Stratton Powerbuilt Engine
Electric start makes starting an easy task
4 forward, neutral & 2 reverse speeds
14.5 ft-lbs gross torque
Provides the power needed to cultivate the most compact soil

Rugged Cast-Iron Transmission With Bronze Gear Drive
Perfect for soil preparation and groundbreaking
Designed for gardens over 2,500 square feet

Forward-Rotating 12" Diameter Bolo Tines
Adjustable tilling depth up to 6 inches
20" tilling width w/ full-sided tine shields
Provides added safety & operator protection

16" x 4" AG Tires
Designed for greater maneuverability

Just One Hand« Operation
Plow style handle makes this tiller easy to use

Additional Features
Standard Power Take-Off (PTO)
Full Wrap-Around Front Bumper

2-Year Limited Warranty


Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
306 CCs
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Torque
14.5 Lbs
Tines
Tine Position
Rear
Tine Direction
Forward Rotation
Tine Diameter
12 Inches
Depth Adjustments
7 Postions
Tilling Width Min
20 Inches
Tilling Width Max
20 Inches
Tilling Depth Min
6 Inches
Tilling Depth Max
6 Inches
Drive
Transmission
Cast-Iron Gear Box
Forward Speeds
4 Forward
Reverse Speeds
2 Reverse
Accessories
Side Shield
Yes
Wheels
Front Tire Size
16 Inch
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
389 Pounds
Product Length
62 Inches
Product Width
27 Inches
Product Height
33 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
UPC
043033572601
Model
21AE682L766
  1 Question
Q: Hi. Will you explain the 'dual rotating' tines verses the 'counter rotating' tines. I am perplexed in buying between these two features. Thank you! Mike
by Mike from Pennsylvania on July 14, 2011

A: Mike - you may want to take a look at our buyer's guide for rear tine tillers. This will answer your question in detail, and give you some other things to think about and look for when choosing the right tiller. Just click on this link: Pick the perfect tiller
by Robert, Product Expert

Troy-Bilt 21AE682L766 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5
Pros
Durable (4)
Fast (3)
Reliable (3)
High Quality (3)
Exceeded Expectations (2)
Cons
Expensive (3)
Durability (2)
Low Quality (2)
Bad Instructions (2)
Unreliable (1)
71% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Robert, the Tiller Expert
Tiller Expert

Product Expert
Total Reviews
22 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
2058 Helpful Votes
Tillers Direct Recommended

Equipped to pack a punch, the Troy-Bilt Big Red is the flagship of the Troy-Bilt tiller lineup. At 20 inches of tilling width, this machine has the ability to take on any garden in its way.

The Troy-Bilt Big Red offers supreme power and torque to get through just about any job. Equipped with a 305cc Briggs and Stratton engine which supplies 14.5 ft-lbs of gross torque, this tiller has more than enough to make easy work of the toughest ground you may encounter. Starting is made easy on the... more
Robert Recommends This Model
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Cynthia S.
Elko, NV
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 4/29/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pretty Good
We've always used Troy Bilt and so we upgraded to our current one. Two of the knobs on handles literally came off as if they weren't bonded to the metal. What happened to a knob that is screwed on? That was disappointing. Would I recommend? Maybe but I'd look around first.
Pros: Fast, Easy To Use
Cons: Durability
Cynthia Recommends This Troy-Bilt Product
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Jim
Palmer, MA
REVIEWED
OCT.
18
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Indestructible
I beat on this thing, I hit rocks, it fell off my tow trailer, I get it snagged in tree roots and it keeps working...although i had to replace the motor once because i wasn't checking the oil levels after 10 years of abuse. This roto-tiller is one tough unit.

Just one suggestion, buy tubes for the tires. I never liked tubeless tires because they are always flat in spring from sitting in the shed all winter.

You cant kill this thing.
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232
Dale C.
Pembroke, KY
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 5/31/13
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
22
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Starts Easy - Tills Up Anything
Electric start and battery make this easy to garden work started. Multiple speeds add versatility over the Pony. I also have a Pony. The Pony is smaller and better for cultivation between rows as the garden plants mature. The Horse is what I needed to get the garden broken up in the spring and fall. Also, I read in the manual that the Horse will take down green corn stalks. I've been slaving away with a corn knife chopping up stalks of corn so the Pony can handle it. The Horse will take... more
Pros: Durable, Exceeded Expectations, Fast, High Quality
Cons: Heavy, Expensive
Dale Recommends This Troy-Bilt Product
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181
Bob
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
20
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Poor Quality
I owned a Troybilt horse tiller that dated from the early 1980s. I bought it used and ran it hard for 15 years with about 2500 square feet of garden...and not the best soil. After 30 years of use it was getting worn out, so when the engine died last year I bought a new one. I am VERY disappointed in the quality!

The control knobs are just held on with crimped metal rings and the knob comes off in your hand if you pull on it. I have to constantly tinker with the belt tension, half the... more
Pros: Features
Cons: Low Quality, Bad Instructions, Durability
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164
Walter H. D.
Tuscaloosa, AL
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 3/6/13
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
04
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Setting Up
Tiller works great but instructions on unpacking are a little vague. Parts to compete assembly are there, but they are not shown in a picture diagram with a number to associate parts with diagram of how to assemble like other devices I have put together. Took a little more thinking and trial error to get assembled.
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145
Larry F.
Charlotte, NC
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 5/16/14
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
19
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Absolutely Necessary For A Large Garden.
I bought my first one 35 years ago. I would still be using it but it is a pull start and I recently had major surgery on my right shoulder. The old one is in excellent shape and runs perfect. Just put a new set of hardened tines on it. This one, with an electric start, is perfect. It even has an engage and disengage option for the tines. The rest is practically the same.
Pros: Durable, High Quality, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Larry Recommends This Troy-Bilt Product
Larry's Experience With Tillers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"See above in "your story""
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102
A. Friend
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
17
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Still Tilling After All These Years
My Troy-Bilt Horse is a former U-Haul rental unit, put into service in the early 1970's as best I can tell. The only things I've repaired or replaced on the thing are a spring, the tines (which had worn down), and the metal gas tank. This year I'll rebuild the carburetor. Although it doesn't get constant use, I'd say over 40 years of reliably starting and working says quite a bit about the Horse's design and build quality.

To Alice M.of Chestertown, MD who asked (two years ago) about the... more
Pros: Durable, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, High Quality
A. Recommends This Troy-Bilt Product
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158
Alice M.
Chestertown, MD
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 8/8/12
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
12
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Proud Owner Of A New Rototiller
The tiller is great except for one thing- I never received a dip stick to check the oil level. There are two plastic plugs in the oil tank, and I think that one of them should be a dip stick. Right or Wrong?

TD RESPONDS: We checked the Owner's Manual and didn't see a specific reference either way. Please contact Troy-bilt Tech Support directly, toll free, at (800) 828-5500. Be sure to have the serial number of your tiller handy so they can look up the correct version of your model.
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147
Charles S.
Groveport, OH
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 3/5/12
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
03
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Disappointed With Part
The bolt that held the electric starter striped and couldn't get the part....
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Fast, Reliable
Cons: Bad Instructions, Expensive
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105
Sally, Dan F.
West Granby, CT
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 5/7/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
29
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Big Red
I purchased a Troy-Bilt Horse in 1982 and just retired it this year. The tiller would start first pull 33 years later. I am very pleased with Big Red and anticipate it will perform like its predecessor. Awesome machine!
Sally, Recommends This Troy-Bilt Product
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Micheal B.
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 6/9/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
25
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
The Big Red Disappointment
My new $2,500.00 tiller came in perfect shape on the outside, but not 20 minutes into using it the tines quit turning, so took it apart and found a bunch of rusty metal filings and a small piece of threaded metal that was what should have been holding the clutch.

So I went to the Troy website and found out the socket head bolt was a common size, I bought a new bolt and installed then the lever that is to hold it in or out was not indexed to do either position so I have been using a rubber... more
Robert, the Tiller Expert
Product Expert
Micheal,
We sincerely apologize for the issues that occurred with your new tiller. If you need further assistance with after sales support, we would be glad to assist you with locating service center locations in your area to get the issues resolved. Please do not hesitate to ask, we are here to help in anyway possible.

Thank you
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