Dad’s New Troybilt Bronco Tiller

When I started this blog, I had no idea of the opportunities and blessings that would come to me and my family as a result.  A recent landing in my inbox produced one of those blessings for my very special daddy and I’m so grateful to be able to share this with him.

A few weeks ago, I got an email in my inbox from Troybilt. They had found my blog, sharing my dad’s garden and showing him in his garden, with his old tried and true friend, his Troybilt tiller.  He’s had it for about 20 years now and it’s still going strong.  It helps him with his gardening so much.

Dad gardenThis would be the picture that captured the folks from Troybilt.

Then, in the email I was asked if my dad might like to get a new Troybilt tiller for his garden, the Bronco?  Ummm yes, I was absolutely sure my dad would like that idea.

When I went over the next day and told him about this fortuitous offer, you should have seen the look on his face.  Troybilt is going to give ME a new tiller?  Yes, indeed, they are.  For the next few days, it was like waiting for the lottery and as I got updates on the delivery of his new tiller, it was like he was waiting for Santa himself.  He could hardly wait until it was delivered to his house.


This nice man, Wade, showed up at their house one morning and delivered my dad’s brand new Troybilt Bronco tiller.  It’s smaller than his old beast and has vertical tines which are supposed to really break up the dirt.

dads new troybilt

He and Wade took at look at how it all worked, got it set up with oil and gas and started it to see how it all sounds.


And took it back to the garden.  It’s been raining a lot lately and then my dad took off for over a week to their NC mountain house, but when he gets back, he’ll be putting it to good use in his garden.  This will really come in handy helping him keep his garden free from weeds in between the rows, since it is much narrower than his old one.


The TroyBilt Bronco Axis, Vertical Tine Tiller.

troybilt bronco tiller

troybilt tiller

He was smiling from ear to ear and it thrilled me to have this happen for him.  That my blog has opened so many amazing doors is still such a blessing to me and my family.

old and new troybilt tillers

Dad’s old 20 year old TroyBilt tiller on the left and the new one on the right. He will keep them both and they will both help him continue to garden for who knows how long. We keep thinking he might slow down, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.  He still gets excited about gardening, every single year.


And the garden is rewarding him for all that hard work.  Soon, he’ll be picking squash, beans, and tomatoes.


Mom is right there with him too.  You can see lots of things growing and coming along just fine with all the rain we are having.


I spotted one tomato already.  Can’t wait for those to come in!


Had to show you these beautiful oak leaf hydrangeas in their backyard.  They are so pretty, I’m going to bring a couple of baby plants to my house.

I knew you would all get a kick out of this story too and I sincerely thank the folks at TroyBilt for making my dad’s year by giving him this new tiller.  He is so thrilled and excited and will be a TroyBilt fan for life!  I’ll be sure and share more about the tiller along the way this summer.

- Rhoda


  1. I love seeing your Dad’s smile! And I certainly love Troybilt for giving your Dad the gift. May he have many more years using it to dig in the dirt!

    Take care.

  2. Your Dad looks like he won the lottery with that smile. Keep that garden looking great, I just wish I lived closer to help eat some of those fresh veggies. Way to go Troy-built, it is good to know companies still care about their customers.

  3. Marie Claire says

    The “Santa” comment made me laugh!

  4. What a great treat to read this post and what a lovely surprise for your dad, Rhoda. I was particularly happy to read about your dad’s new tiller since Troy-Bilt is a very familiar name in my area, near Troy, NY, where the tillers were invented in the late 1930s and manufactured for many years. While the company is no longer located in NY, the Troy-Bilt brand name lives on with its solid reputation for quality. Hope your dad has many years of enjoyment with his new tiller. Can’t wait to see the next installment on progress in his garden!

  5. I just love that beautiful smile on your dad’s face!!! We couldn’t garden without our tiller, either, and it’s a big yellow one. But if we ever have to replace it, I would buy a Troybilt just because of this!

  6. Rhoda, This is a beautiful story! Your dad looks great in the photos. Love his shirt with the stripes because the red stripes really look good with the Troy Built Tillers. He’s put in some hard work over the past few years helping to renovate your home. I love that he’s so involved and that you included him on your blog. He’s a great person for the Troy Built ads. Who knows? This could lead to something more? I’m sure he loves his new machine! What a wonderful surprise. Your parent’s gardens look amazing!

  7. We wouldn’t have a garden were it not for the Troybilt Horse. That thing has never waivered. I’m just so glad your sweet parents got this special gift, and my hat’s off to Troybilt’s stellar marketing team for knowing how to find a *real* spokesperson for their product, and one so well loved and deserving , into the bargain.

  8. Rhoda,
    This has to be one of my favorite posts written by any blogger. How great Troybuilt reached out to your Dad when he was not expecting a thing. What a blessing for a sweet giving man!

  9. What a wonderful blessing! I loved your dad’s huge smile. You share a lot of joy with your blog and your family is very deserving of this.
    Oakleaf hydrangeas are one of my favorite plants and those are especially beautiful. I just planted some tiny ones at our mountain home. I can’t wait until they get as big as those!

  10. There really are still nice people and great companies in this world !!!! God Bless Ya;ll & Family and Troybilt & Wade for a great gift to an AMAZING GARDNER …ENJOY…

  11. Linda Kelly says

    Rhoda, I love the look on your Dad’s face. It is priceless. Troybuilt is an excellent tiller. I had one for years when I had a large yard, but when I moved to a condo, I smiled as my neighbor came running over to buy it!

  12. Linda Cole says

    What an amazing story! We can sure see the happiness on his face. I love to see all your posts with your family. Your parents are such a treasure. Thanks for sharing with us. So happy for your Dad!

  13. Oh Rhoda this made my whole day. I just love your Dad to and am tickled pink they gave him a new Troy Bilt tiller. That is just simply awesome!!!! Congrats to your Dad a very hard worker that deserves it!!!

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