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08-10-2018 09:03:39

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I have an old Dayton rear tine tiller. It has an 8hp briggs horizontal shaft, 5 speed transmission, reverse, adjustable handle, and a lever on each side low. 1 for tine engage and 1 for wheel engage. it uses two belts, one short one from motor pulley, and a longer one that controls speed and reverse. problem is, I need belts and the model # tag is completely unreadable. I don't know if the short belt needs to be tight at closest spot or how loose. the pulley it goes around slides back and forth tightening and loosening the belt. the way it looks, when the front belt is loose, it tightens the longer belt and when it is tight it loosens the longer belt. any ideas? third party image

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08-11-2018 14:40:54

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 Re: dayton tiller in reply to bdunegan, 08-10-2018 09:03:39  
I found Sears RT8 with a model number 247 297780 0917. If it's a Dayton you should try Grainger parts operations for parts a lot of Dayton stuff is Grainger house brand merchandise

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08-11-2018 09:28:33

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 Re: dayton tiller in reply to bdunegan, 08-10-2018 09:03:39  
I have the same tiller, but mine says "Craftsman" on it, my Uncle bought it new in the 70's gardened with it a few years and then parked it, when he cleaned out his garage he gave it to my dad who dropped it on my doorstep. IIRC your reverse occurs when the rubber tire on the engine pulley contacts the drive pulley in the middle. I'll be out in the shop later today I'll see if I can get a model number or belt numbers for you.

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08-10-2018 09:25:36

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 Re: dayton tiller in reply to bdunegan, 08-10-2018 09:03:39  
I used to have a twin to your tiller, it was made by MTD, early 80's, IIRC, NOT sure if I have any info left (model number, etc., but I will look.

You might GOOGLE "MTD rear tine tiller" and click on "images" and see if anything comes up that matches the mechanisms of yours, might find model number or belt part numbers.

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08-10-2018 16:54:19

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 Re: dayton tiller in reply to Bob, 08-10-2018 09:25:36  
Thanks for your help! I had searched before for Dayton and didn't find anything. did not know that mtd was the same, also found a sears model that was the same. After much searching, I found an mtd owner and parts manual for this beast. Thank you again!

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