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Re: Garden tractor tiller opinions

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I worked for several Deere dealers as well as an IH and Simplicity dealer from the 70s up to the 90s. I've never found a garden tractor-tiller combo I like better then a tube-frame Bolens with the chain/gear drive # 18618 tiller. That tractors have hi-low transmissions with an ultra-slow creeper gear and the hook-up to the tiller is a rear farm-type PTO and a driveshaft. No convoluted belt twisting all over. I still have my Bolens 1250 with the 33" tiller and 6" extensions on it (39" wide). These tractors don't make the handiest mowers for the time - but with the tillers they are fantastic. Also tend to be around fairly cheap. I still come across them for $500-$700 with tractor and tiller. Note that some of the Bolens rear tillers were light duty with a worm-gear drive. The HD tiller is chain and gear - model # 18618. Extension kit to make it near 40" wide is # 18617. I took one of those tillers years ago and stuck a V4 Wisconsin engine on one and made it a 3 point hitch "self powered" tiller. Used it on several full size farm tractors and it was an animal. Never broke it.

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