Southland Front Tine Tiller: Review

Review of the Southland Front Tine Tiller

The Southland Front Tine Tiller only had 10 reviews and 4 questions on Amazon. I've read through the reviews, looked in detail at the item specifics and then condensed the results into this review.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a tiller.

Best Fea​tures

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    ​Powerful
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    Heavy duty
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    Gas powered, so no cord to contend with
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    Adjustable tilling widths of 11, 16, and 21 inches
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    Durable 

Item Specifics

The Southland Front Tine Tiller is a heavy weight gas powered tiller that should be able to take on almost any garden challenge.  This tiller is equipped with a manual recoil and easy start fuel delivery system.  It has adjustable tilling widths of 11, 16, and 21 inches along with self-sharpening forward rotating tines.  The Southland Front Tine Tiller also has a gear drive system with poly-v belt for longer life and durability.  Maneuverability and storage are taken care of with the 6.5 inch rear wheels and easy folding loop grip handles.  The Southland Front Tine Tiller tiller  has a swing tail with drag stake that provides for an easy and fast change from till mode to transport mode.  This tiller is EPA & CARB certified and it comes with a 2 year limited warranty.

Assembly

Putting the Southland Front Tine Tiller takes about 30 minutes.  From the reviews I've read of people who put it together, it does not seem tedious nor hard to assemble, though the photos in the manual may be lacking.  As explained in a customer's own words, "The manual was not clear in its photographs of the parts but overall it was pretty straight forward how to figure out the installation.  After about thirty minutes of putting everything together the unit is well made and for the price seems very robust.  I had to try my new toy out so after putting in the oil that's supplied and fresh gas it started up on the first pull.  I’m very happy with this tiller."

Possible Fire Danger

There was a report that I wanted to share with you since it could potentially be dangerous if not remedied.  The customer reported, "FIRE DANGER! A good amount of gas leaks/splashes out of the tank while operating the tiller.  Double checked the cap, and it is as snug as it should be.  I cannot tell exactly if the gas is coming from the cap, or if there is a crack or something in the tank.  This happened the very first time I used it."

Powerful Tiller

Many of the tillers and cultivators that I have reviewed will not go through clay.  However this is not a lightweight tiller nor cultivator like many that I reviewed were.  The Southland Front Tine Tiller is a 100 pound heavy weight tiller that can handle a lot of work.  It also had no problem going through clay as reported by customers.  It is a very powerful tiller.  One customer called it a "Beast."  The customer shared this, "This thing is a beast for a Front Tine Tiller! I had Southland's older version with the slightly smaller engine which had plenty of power, this one blows it way!  I use it to till both loose and compacted soil.  I was tilling up small bushes, vines, weeds and grass behind my house to reclaim a garden and this thing literally ate it's way right through it.  Now my only problem is trying to keep the neighbors from borrowing it before I'm done with my projects."

Not for the Weak

If you are not strong, be careful in buying the The Southland Front Tine Tiller. Customers have commented that if you are not strong, it could get away with you.  This is not one of those little cultivators.  Also, if you will be transporting it, keep in mind that it weighs 100 pounds.  Many of the other tillers and cultivators I've reviewed weigh under 30 pounds.  This is not one of those.

Southland Front Tine garden Tiller

Pros

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    Powerful
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    Heavyweight and heavy duty
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    Durable

Cons

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    Not as easy to transport as lightweight tillers 

Southland Front Tine Tiller Conclusion

The Southland Front Tine Tiller is a powerful tiller that can till up clay and large amounts of soil. Weighing in at 100 pounds, keep in mind that this is not a lightweight cultivator.  It will require some strength to keep it from getting away from you.  There was a report of it being a possible fire danger with gasoline leaking/splashing out of the tank.  I don't know if this was an isolated flaw or not, so I wanted to report it to you just in case it is a manufacturers flaw.  The assembly of this tiller will take about 30 minutes.  The directions are straight forward, however the photos in the manual may be lacking.  The Southland Front Tine Tiller has adjustable tilling widths of 11, 16, and 21 inches.  If you are wanting a heavy weight tiller to do some serious work, this may be your answer.  Also, being gas powered you will not have to contend with a cord nor be tied down to a certain area.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying a Southland Front Tine Tiller.

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    Does this tiller take just gas or gas and oil mix?  It needs unleaded gas and oil that is supplied. 
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    Is this a 4 cycle or 2 cycle?  It is a 4 cycle.
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    Will this tiller go through clay?  Yes, people who used this tiller reported that it is powerful and had no problem going through both sod and clay. 

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Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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