YARDMAX Tiller Model YT5328 Review

The YARDMAX Tiller YT5328

What’s So Good About It?

The YARDMAX Tiller YT5328 is an amazingly powerful, compact, self-propelled front-tine tiller.  The formidable CARB compliant YARDMAX engine, with its ball-bearing, gear drive transmission, rotates the tines at a respectable 180 rpm…unquestionably fast enough to grind up the dirt.

CARB compliance means that the tiller’s total burned fuel exhaust is significantly diminished…which equates to breathing cleaner air when operating the tiller.  Compliance signifies that the tiller satisfies the regulations of the California Air Resources Board.  These sets of laws are more stringent than the EPA Clean Air guidelines and are now being enforced in a dozen and a half states nationwide.

There are conflicting reports on the engine size.  It is billed as a 79cc engine but, the Operator’s Manual lists it as a 97cc engine.  Additionally, the video above says the engine size is 89cc.  I wish someone could get their stories straight!

Either way, this efficient little prize will crush the toughest soil into a soft, loamy bed for your garden plants.  And, isn’t that what we really want?

YARDMAX YT5328 easily removable tines.

Weighing in at just 95 pounds, this tiller’s versatility is very impressive…with removable tines and 3 adjustable tilling widths of 11, 16, and 21 inches…as well as 4 adjustable tilling depths between 7 and 11 inches!  Being able to dig down a whopping 11 inches means that you can also use it to dig holes for planting trees.

Couple this with its ability to make sharp right-angle turns with ease and you have a tiller that is also an ideal cultivator…for weeding between rows and plants.  Plus, the tines are sheltered under a one piece rust-resistant steel tine shield.

YARDMAX YT5328 adjustable handlebars.

The handlebars are adjustable to 3 different positions with the controls at your fingertips.  So, they can be placed at a comfortable height no matter what your stature may be.

Top off the YARDMAX YT5328 with a 2 year warranty.


What’s Not So Good About It?

There are only a couple of minor nitpicks I have about this compact tiller…

YARDMAX YT5328 badly placed oil filler cap and sharp shield edges.

The oil filler cap, with attached dipstick, is in a very awkward location.  It would be more convenient if YARDMAX made some slight design modifications to give a bit more space or a better location for adding oil.

The sharp corners of the tine shield would be better if they were a bit more rounded.  Some of us are incessantly prone to stabbing their legs on sharply edged power equipment.  But, maybe it’s just me…being my normal clumsy self.

The tine shield is not adjustable.  Since the tilling width can be adjusted to 11, 16, and 21 inches, it would be a bonus if there was a way to adjust the tine shield, also.  It would make it much easier to cultivate between rows and plants.

Label placements are sometimes not aligned properly.  This can be especially aggravating if it is the gear selector label.  Too bad you can’t check the date code like you can when buying a car…then you could make sure that you don’t buy a tiller that is made on a Monday or a Friday!


The Owners Say…

Owners of this YARDMAX tiller are amazed that it has “all the features…the power…and the size…of other bigger name brands sold at home improvement stores.  But, it is at least $200 less expensive.”

Some call it a “solid unit of destruction that fluffs their dirt up with no problem.”

Other owners have said:

  • “I can’t say enough good things about this tiller. It was the best purchase I made this year!”
  • “It’s a great tiller! I’ve tried 3 or 4 different brands and this one is the best I’ve ever used!”
  • “It easily turned the soil in reverse…and, in forward, it dressed the soil to perfection.”
  • “My petite little wife can control this tiller with just one hand! She loves it so much that she doesn’t even want to let me have a turn tilling with it.”
  • “I am 6 feet, 4 inches tall and being able to adjust the handles to a comfortable level for me was great! No more back pain!”


Now, I Say…

Take a closer look and see for yourself if the YARDMAX YT5328 Compact Front Tine Tiller is a match for your gardening needs and your budget.  I’m sure that you will be pleasantly surprised!

Check out some more reviews for both gas tillers and electric tillers.  Don’t forget to leave a comment below or email me, jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com, with a question or story about your own tiller experiences.


Jim, the Life Long Gardener



4 thoughts on “YARDMAX Tiller Model YT5328 Review

  1. Alex Reply

    My Dad enjoys gardening. Usually, he churns the soil with a shovel, but it is hard on his back. This tiller looks like an excellent option for him. He will not be harming his back any longer.

    I do have a question though. If they blades ever break, what replacement options are there? Thank you in advance and I hope you have a great day!

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Alex,

      This tiller would most assuredly be easier on your Dad’s back!

      If the tines break, YARDMAX will replace them free of charge up to 3 years from the date of purchase.  But, it is rare that tines actually break.  They just experience the normal wearing down over years of use.

      Your Dad may also be interested in some of my other reviews for gas tillers…such as the Mantis 7940…or electric tillers …such as the Mantis 7250.


  2. Roger Johnson Reply

    I just bought this tiller and it’s the best money I’ve spent. I like it that much. I’m 67 years old and small frame and enjoy using it. Mine is marked as 97 cc. Any way it is powerful an eating through the toughest dirt. So happy I picked this one.

    • Jim Post authorReply

      Glad it worked out well for you, Roger!

      The Yardmax YT5328 is a great little tiller that should serve you well for many years to come!


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