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Re: roto tiller

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Posted by Hal/ Eastern WA on May 14, 2013 at 14:42:37 from (

In Reply to: Re: roto tiller posted by rustyfarmall on May 12, 2013 at 14:40:28:

If it is just the engine that wore out, you can buy a 6.5 horse engine from Harbor Freight for about $100 that will bolt on (with metric fasteners) very easily, and will work very well. The "roll bar" around the engine even fit mine without any alteration. My Troy Bilt was given to me after my neighbor blew a rod through the side of the old B&S flathead engine.

The old Troy Bilt is a beast, and is really too large for small gardens, as it IS some trouble to turn around at the end of a row. And the old advertisements showing little old ladies running a Troy Bilt holding on with one hand were exaggerating a bit. Just try that in my garden when you run into a rock! But for getting a fair sized garden ready to plant, I have never used a walk-behind machine that worked better.

And repowering an old Troy Bilt is easy and cheap. I have seen several old machines at garage sales that they wanted less than $100 for. With a new HF engine, I believe they would till for years. Good luck!


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