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New project just dropped off Troy built tiller

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old

12-30-2018 12:54:34




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So a guy who has me work on many of his things just dropped off a troy built tiller. He just got this by way of Craig's list. It runs but he was told it would not till with out stalling. It did after messing with the carb some seemed to run just fine and had enough power to spin the wheel on the wood floor of my shop so maybe the carb adjustment I did helped it. Plan to replace the fuel filter and air filter and drain the old bad smelling gas. It has the B/S 8HP engine and tractor type tires on it. Does not seem to be a bad buy at $250.

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wfw

01-03-2019 18:58:08




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 Re: New project just dropped off Troy built tiller in reply to old, 12-30-2018 12:54:34  
I have one that had a bad engine on it. I replaced the engine with a predator engine from harbor freight. If I am not going to use anytime soon then I turn the gas off to the carb and let it run all the gas out of the carb, and I always use stabil in the gas. I have had no trouble with it starting yet but till have some other bugs to work out not related to the engine. I think in was made in 1972 by gardenway. parts are available if needed.

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Butch(oh)

12-31-2018 05:30:19




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 Re: New project just dropped off Troy built tiller in reply to old, 12-30-2018 12:54:34  
He probably did OK for $250, is it a Garden Way mfg or MTD? They get pretty cheap this time of year and I buy a few Garden Way built Horse models to fix up and sell in the spring for $500 plus. People worry about the engine but it is about the cheapest thing to fix on one of them, the tiller drive gears are $$$ and I avoid any that are sloppy in that respect.



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old

12-31-2018 08:12:14




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 Re: New project just dropped off Troy built tiller in reply to Butch(oh), 12-31-2018 05:30:19  
It is an older one made by Garden way. I have one that was my dads that he got in 1972 so I do know a bit about them. I have rebuilt the transmission on the one I have at least once and I think my dad had it rebuilt also some time after I had rebuilt it. I think the one I have is a true Troy built if there is a such thing



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Butch(oh)

12-31-2018 09:29:28




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 Re: New project just dropped off Troy built tiller in reply to old, 12-31-2018 08:12:14  
I think that Garden Way was the original manufacturer but I have never researched it to be certain? The one I use in my gardens was owned by my father in law when I met my wife in 1980 and it was far from new then. One of very few that I have ever seen with a K Kohler engine that is OEM.



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old

12-31-2018 11:19:10




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 Re: New project just dropped off Troy built tiller in reply to Butch(oh), 12-31-2018 09:29:28  
The one I have is on its 2nd engine first was a Tuchumsia but it now has a Kohler on it 7HP



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jeffcat

12-30-2018 15:51:55




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 Re: New project just dropped off Troy built tiller in reply to old, 12-30-2018 12:54:34  
Garbage gas will kill almost anything. So many people don't realize that a tiller engine is really huffing and needs all it can get. Take the bowl off and check for water and crud. Change the air filter. Does it have a gas filter? If not add one. A splash of sea-foam works wonders. Biggest thing is use Hi-Test gas!!! Trust me on this one. Take it out and do some tilling after you clean it up. That will finalize your adjustments. A funny thing with those tillers. After you till a little bit... does it track straight? My machine wouldn't track straight till I took a look. One set of tines were installed backwards. Should track straight as an arrow.

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