Last year, Romie told me we were going to have to get a new tiller because our 30-year-old Simplicity just wasn't worth putting any more money into it to get it in working order. Some days it wouldn't start at all, and on the days it would, it was only after an exhausting session of pulling the starter over and over until it finally sputtered to life.
We debated over whether we wanted to get a full-sized tiller or just one of the small cultivators like a Mantis. With our heavy clay soil, we decided a cultivator just wasn't going to be man enough for some of the jobs we'd thought about doing, such as tearing up more lawn to make new garden space. We'd looked at new tillers last summer, but never came to a conclusion as to which one to purchase.
Our new Troy-Bilt mid-sized tiller was delivered today. The semi parked in the road in front of our house because it wasn't able to back into our driveway. The box containing the tiller weighed 200 pounds so the delivery man had to leave it at the end of the driveway, where Romie and I unboxed it and took it to the garage.
There, he attached the handle and the cables and it's now ready to go whenever things dry out. That's not likely to happen this week, because we're getting our spring rains and the ground is really soggy. It won't be long though, until we can really dig in and have some fun with it. Stay tuned!