To Good a Deal to pass Up!!

Sat Mar 26, 2005 9:39 pm

I got this tiller last year from a guy I work with seems it got to where it would go but not till. He told me I could have it if I wanted but if I got it to working he wanted to borrow it one more time. Sears told him the transmission was shot and it wouls cost about $425.00 to fix it. :( I took the trans apart (even though Sears said you couldn't) bought a $3.57 bicycle chain link and presto good as new! :lol:
Works very well, I dug up the garden spot yesterday and planted some cabbage, radishes, and a couple of early tomatoes(very early) Oh yea it's a 6hp 17" tiller. I know Rudi said he didn't like Sears but this was too good to pass up :D

Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:04 am

Kodiak: I am currently trying to turn two non-running Troy-bilt tillers into one which runs. Over the years and as the children have grown up and gone, much of our vegetable garden has changed to flowers. I don't really need the tiller but it is always fun to try to bring one up into running condition. I hope that my efforts are as productive as yours have been. Dan

Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:31 am


For some of us, saying something can't be done is like waving a red flag in front of a bull!

One of the reasons is that folks tend to evaluate others' ability by their own.

The other reason is economic. The dealer would much rather sell a $425 part than a $3.57 one.

How often do you suppose a dealer will sell an expensive power steering pump when a simple seal will repair it? That was my experience with the very expensive pump on my Ford 621. They said it couldn't be taken apart. Didn't someone assemble it in the first place?

Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:47 am

Kodiak, I would make one suggestion regarding your repair. I have a 4 horse rear tine Smapper that like your sears uses chains. While they are the same size as a bicycle chain, the are heaveir duty. I suggest you go to a farm supply store and get a link for the size chain you have. Occasionally a broken chain on those things can have other disastrous effects.

Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:24 am

I took the chain to a Industrial supply house and bought a link. It is industrial in nature, your exactly right if the chain falls in the right or wrong place it's all over. One of the biggest problems was a lack of lubrication when assembled the grease just missed where it needed to be and there were no grease fittings (guess what it has now :) )

Thanks Kodiak

Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:43 am

Some people seem to have horseshoes aplenty.... :!: :lol: What a great deal :!:

I agree with George on this one. It has become my experience that dealers/parts counter people tend to want to replace instead of repair as it is more advantageous for the company and less work for the parts guy for some reason. Either way, if someone assembled it, someone can repair it! I find a tremendous amount of satisfaction in being able to repair something to get it running again, especially after everybody else has given up. :D

Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:41 pm

The one I have runs in an oil bath rather than grease. don't rmember the weight just off hand, but it was pretty thick.

Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:54 pm

Rudi I have plenty of horseshoes the problem I have is keeping them on the horse :!: :idea: Of corse you can make some neet rustic coat hangers with them. It does make you feel good to to fix what they (who are those "they" peaple anyways) say can't be fixed :!:

Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:56 pm

Rudi / Cowboy

I only have 1 horse shoe, found it ,really rusty and my Father-in law told me that if I was going to hang it up be sure to turn it up so the Good Luck wouldn't fall out :? ......I guess he knew what he was talking about :D