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Any Troy-bilt tiller guru`s out there...

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Gilbert in IL.

03-25-2009 10:12:22
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I have a Troy-bilt Horse tiller that I was Hoping to find more info about. My Grandfather bought it brand new back ? yrs. ago, I asked my mother to "guess-ta-mate" & she told me ~15-18 yrs ago. I took a scrub brush & soapy water to get the grease & dirt off to find some #`s & came up w/a S/N of 697513. Just wondered if any of you knowledgable folks could help me out w/the year.I don`t remember if its a 5 or 6 hp Tec engine as the sticker on the front by the pull start is gone. Also, last year after tilling a couple times I had a leak(trans), not a big 1 but I`m thinking I had ought to even go ahead & change the "gear oil?" I HAD the books G`pa got when buying it but had a workshop fire a couple years ago, nuff said I guess. Any & all help is VERY much `preciated!
TY in advance!!!
Gilbert in Il.

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Paul in MN

03-30-2009 19:16:30
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:12:22  
Gilbert,

Yours sure looks a lot better than mine. Mine is probably early 70's vintage, came with the 6 hp Tec engine. What was wierd was the engine had been packed with the usual Tech dipstick for checking oil, unfortunately not the Troy Built dipstick which is different to give a higher oil level for the severe engine tilt when tilling deep. So it ran "dry" even though the dipstick showed "full" and siezed the rod to the crank. I did rebuild that engine, but soon put the 7 Hp Kohler on it. Bottom line....that tiller has worked hard and has never had the gear case rebuilt. It leaks a lot from the wheel seals. I know there is a very expensive brass worm gear inside which really needs oil. So far my solution has been to use a Farmoyl product which is made for gear boxes that leak badly. It is a cross between grease and gear oil. So far it works with no problem.

Best of luck with yours!

Paul in MN

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Gilbert in IL.

03-26-2009 10:19:41
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:12:22  
Thanks all for your input!!! 10-4 on the Tec 6 engine & I`ve found out from a yahoo group...the darn things an `83 model..25+ yrs old. So much for mom`s "guess-ta-mate" of its age...LOL. Changed the engine oil the other day, let it drain all nite, put the RITE type oil in(been put`n 10/40 in it),SAE 30, replaced the rubber grommet under the gas tank(was leaking some gas, noth`n like black tape to tape`er up...lol),put a `lil gas in her & third pull was a charm....& NO SMOKE too....YES!!! Won`t be put`n 10/40 in it again! Still think I`ll change the "tranny oil" too. Anyway, just wanted to let ya`all know & say TY again!!!
Gilbert

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El Toro

03-26-2009 11:10:20
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-26-2009 10:19:41  
I always use 30wt oil in the engine and 80-140wt gear oil in the transmission. Hal



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Norm in Alabama

03-27-2009 07:51:21
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to El Toro, 03-26-2009 11:10:20  
Hal, send me your email addreess, please.



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Kentb of SWMO

03-26-2009 05:49:34
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:12:22  
Gear oil should be a GL-1 OR GL-2. DO NOT USE GL-5 as it can damage the bronze gears in the gear train.

Kent



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El Toro

03-25-2009 14:19:51
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:12:22  
That looks like the 6hp Tecumseh engine they used on some of their tillers. Some had electric start. In the 1970's it was called the H60 as shown in this brochure. I has one of these tillers, but I sold the 6hp engine and put a 10hp B&S engine on it. Here's a pic of it. Hal

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old

03-25-2009 20:10:47
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to El Toro, 03-25-2009 14:19:51  
I have one that my dad got back in 1972. He wore out the Tecumseh engine years ago and got a Koler for it and that Koler is still running great. He had the tranny rebuilt two or 3 times over the year but I still use it every year. He did around 2 acres with it every year and me I do about a 30X30 area so it should last me my life time I hope



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Gilbert in IL.

03-25-2009 12:14:35
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:12:22  



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Gilbert in IL.

03-25-2009 12:04:52
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:12:22  
Thank You again Bob!,
Yeah, I put in the S/N(697513) HOPE`n that`d be enuff,Wrong...lol. Did yer trick to w/Horse & I have found the DL page....guess I need the Model # also. Its missing 3 of the stickers which I`m guess`n, 1 of them had the model #, just my luck :roll: . I`ve seen Garden way referenced on it on a couple spots, I don`t know if that helps w/aging it or not.
TY once again for the DL page & your help!!! Just snapped a couple pix, so I`ll see if I can upload them....thanx
Gilbert

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Gilbert in IL.

03-25-2009 10:30:34
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:12:22  
WOW...that was FAST....& TY very much!!!...looks like I need the model # too though...time to break out the magnify`n glass...LOL...
Thank You!



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Bob

03-25-2009 11:27:19
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:30:34  
I just entered "Horse", and made up a serial # (45678 or something like that) and it took me to the manual download page. If you can find what you need there, you MAY not have to go and scratch around the serial plate.



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rustyj14

03-25-2009 17:06:56
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Bob, 03-25-2009 11:27:19  
I have been told to use non-sulphur transmission oil in the older Troy-bilt tillers, as the sulphur will eat out the bronze bearings in the tranny! Any truth to that? Rusty Jones



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Bob

03-25-2009 17:42:25
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to rustyj14, 03-25-2009 17:06:56  
I suspect so.



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Bob

03-25-2009 10:22:59
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 Re: Any Troy-bilt tiller guru s out there... in reply to Gilbert in IL., 03-25-2009 10:12:22  
Go to their (now MTD's) website and download what you need.



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