new tiller brand...Purchase help

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Old 04-02-14, 04:55 AM
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new tiller brand...Purchase help

Looking for a new, cheap tiller. They are expensive..I looked in sears and the home stores and prices were outragouse..

I do have a tractor supply and these two look good, but not sure about motors..

Any thoughts on this huskee or countyline?


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I do have this but the motor will not run. The fuel tank has a type of straw in it that sucks the fuel up. Not gravity? That broke. I could get a new motor, but the side pully on this one is welded on. I would need to get a new pully and mount it to the shaft somehow...

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Here are motors I can get...

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Do you want to fix the old tiller or get a new one?

An engine like that on a tiller like that was the first engine I ever rebuilt. Then I used to race with those types of engines. They are easy to work on and soup-up. If you want to get the old tiller running but don't want to learn engine work check with your local high schools to see if they have a small engine or auto shop class. You might have them rebuild it for you. The welded on pulley could be a problem but they might just go through the carb and what they can do without removing the crank.

I can almost guarantee that either of those new tillers will not last as long as your old one. It probably has twice as much steel in it as the new ones and with enough work could be kept running for several generations. The more expensive new one has Briggs & Stratton engine so parts will be available. The other one probably has a Chinese engine so parts availability could be a problem but at that price it's almost disposable.
 
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Old 04-02-14, 08:35 AM
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The other one probably has a Chinese engine so parts availability could be a problem but at that price it's almost disposable.
Well went to tractor supply to look.. The Huskee unit was bigger then I thought. I noticed that it may have been left outside and had some rust on the air cleaner screws. I asked for a discount...

The manager in charge gave me 10% off...

I could not pass up the deal. Geez if it lasts a few seasons Ill be more then happy...

This type of equipment is so expensive... Like power washers too. Im looking for one of those also as my electric one broke..

The 4 screws on the aircleaner here was showing some rust.. The box over the OHC cover..

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Hope you like it! A hassle-free tiller is worth every penny. My old tiller also had a similar engine as your old one and I frequently pulled the cord right out of it when trying (in vain) to start it. What followed was as close as I ever come to totally blowing a gasket.


I was going to suggest going to a few small engine repair places, they usually will have some used equipment for sale. Rear tine tillers are the best, but hopefully you like your new one.
 
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I would not take the gift of a front tined tiller.
Going to work your butt off every time you use it.
Try a rear tine one time and you'll never use a front tine again.
A rear tine can be run with one hand.
A tiller is one tool that's it's far cheaper in the long run to just rent every year.
It gets run one time a year and sits taking up space and gelling up the fuel the rest of the year.
 
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Old 04-02-14, 04:58 PM
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I would not take the gift of a front tined tiller.
Going to work your butt off every time you use it.
Not really with this one I got.. The pic I show in my first post, now that is a monster.

Anyway, I added oil and gas. It took a while to start. Guess it had to get gas to the carb..

Verdict is it runs well. It is a bit underpowered IMO, but they had the idle down low I think. There was a stop that lets you only rev it so high. Did not seem near 3500 rpms, but was basing it on sound..

After I turned the idle up I put it to work. I tell you for the price it did the job. It was chuging along. I think I will change the oil after this work out and put syntetic in it. Its a small motor and was probably running hotter then it should. I dont know.

Smelled like the oils burning off like when you fire up a new funace or boiler for the first time..

Let it cool a few hours then tried to start it.. First pull. Purrs like a kitten...LOL..

Here is the outcome..

( I am very late starting the garden this year)...


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And those that know me... I got rid of the chickens... coop and all...

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Late starting the garden??? Sounds almost laughable, as I'm in Michigan, so can't be sure of not getting frost until close to Memorial Day. And although the garden itself has melted off, I'd have to run through snow to get to it, so won't be doing anything with it for at least a few weeks yet. I'm like Joe, favoring reat tine tillers, especially with heavier ground, but looks like your new one did a good job. Looks like the beginning of some great fresh salad and such!
 
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I got lucky and picked this monster up cheap.
 
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Gee, I feel out tillered with my tiny little thing.

 
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Originally Posted by cheese

I got lucky and picked this monster up cheap.


Ooohh I'm jealous! I always wanted a big Troy-Bilt like that. On the one hand I tend to agree with joecaption that they are big and expensive and take up space 95% of the time. On the other hand my in-laws still have the one they had before my wife & I got married 30 years ago and it's needed nothing but gas & oil in that 8HP cast iron Kohler beast in all that time.
 
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This one has electric start and a 7hp IC engine. It does a wonderful job. I got it and the hiller attachment for $250!! That don't happen often.

Pilot Dane, I haven't used the honda, but I have the mantis tiller which is very similar. I used to look at the mantis and wonder how it could be any good for anything, then I used one. Wow, those things really do some work for their size! They are great for small gardens, tight places, raised beds, etc... I use the mantis as much or more than the troy bilt. It really churns the dirt fast and fluffs it up nice. Great for turning in the weeds around plants and between rows too.
 
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Seems the unit I bought is an earthquake brand... Ardisam owned...

VECTOR COMPACT TILLER
 
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Heck of a nice garden plot you have tilled regardless of who owns the tiller company. I'm constantly amazed and jealous of the good soil left behind up north by the glaciers. Around my house I've mostly got coarse decomposed rock. Bad for septic systems and bad for growing plants.
 
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I'm constantly amazed and jealous of the good soil left behind up north by the glaciers.

Eat a jersey tomato and you will never go back....LOL

 
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Ha, we've still got at least a foot of snow covering our garden. Along with over 50 properties in our small town that had their water lines frozen this year, I'm sure the dirt under that snow is hard as a rock.

Can't wait to get the garden going. I just feed my neighbour beer while he does my tilling for me.
 
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I'm constantly amazed and jealous of the good soil left behind up north by the glaciers
Me too! I have 16 acres but not sure if I could gather up a tandem truck load of top soil, it's mostly slate rock I don't own a tiller and my tractor might be overkill for my little garden but it is paid for After 20+ yrs of plowing my garden is starting to look like it has soil
 
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