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1948 Airens Model B Rotor Tiller Still Running Strong


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#1 C130A Flight Engineer OFFLINE  

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Posted February 12, 2012 - 11:13 PM

A few pics of me and "The Beast", a 1948 Airens Model B. It is identical to the one my Grandfather had when I was a kid. I have set up two gardens at the apartment complex we lease. A third plot will go in a couple of weeks from now.

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 01:51 AM

Great pictures of the tiller. But what is behind you? Do you live next to an air museum?

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 06:59 AM

Nice tractor !!! About how big of tines does it have ? Is it hard to turn around at the end of the rows ? Sorry about the questions , never used a tiller like that , Al

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 09:30 AM

Great pictures of the tiller. But what is behind you? Do you live next to an air museum?


Yes, we are based at the Castle Airport, formerly Castle AFB in Atwater California, six miles north of Merced. When the base closed the Museum became a non-profit and they have many wonderful aircraft there.

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 09:38 AM

Nice tractor !!! About how big of tines does it have ? Is it hard to turn around at the end of the rows ? Sorry about the questions , never used a tiller like that , Al


There are three different sets of tines that can be installed. The ones I have installed right now came with it and are formed, round spring steel forward facing hooks. I also have a set of the scimatar shaped knives on my Grandfathers Model B that needs a complete resto. The third type, I have never seen and I'm not sure what they even look like.

Mine and my Grandfathers are the only two model B's I have seen to the touch. There is a guy who has a video of his Model B on you tube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ul13vWtdhk While I am sure there has to be more out there someplace, my two and the you tube one are the only three Model B's I have ever seen.

Each wheel has a lock, so the hub can be locked out to make left or right hand turns at the end of a run much easier. But to tell the truth, If you have six or eight feet to turn at the ends you can make gentle easy turns with both hubs engaged, which it really does need to reduce tire spin. The great thing is no matter what type of soil you are tilling, this tiller will not "run away" from you or beat you to death, it's heavy enough it is comfortable to operate and 9 HP is plenty of power coupled with the 26 pound flywheel.

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 09:42 AM

That is quite a tiller. I saw one of them at the Ariens museum in Brillion, WI when we when to there annual sale.

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 01:46 PM

Awesome tiller. Looks very capable. Love those planes too.

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 08:48 PM

That was great! thanks for the video you made my day,What a GREAT machine!!

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Posted February 18, 2012 - 09:35 PM

Great pics and video. The beast is rightly named, sure looks to be living up to its name. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted February 18, 2012 - 10:44 PM

Nice Tiller!!! That is one Beast!! I bet the new stuff will last 64 years like these have (NOT)

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Posted February 18, 2012 - 11:27 PM

Hey, thanks a bunch for the pictures and the vid of the Arines, they are well built and simple tillers, the planes are great too,

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 05:27 AM

You might take pictures of the planes too!! I like planes as well.

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 06:16 AM

Hey ,thanks for the video.

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 07:51 PM

Hey ,thanks for the video.

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 10:01 PM

Thanks for the video! I can't believe how well that was tilling with the engine lugged down like that on the first pass! I have an older Troy-Bilt Horse that I really love, but that tank has it beat hands down! Awesome machine, obviously built to stand the test of time!