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Posted June 20, 2012 - 08:15 PM

Headed to Troy, NY early tomorrow morning for research on the early Rototiller, Inc. company and Troy-Bilt. Meeting several former Troy-Bilt/Garden Way employees. Going to the Rensselaer County Historical Society where there are boxes of records from the early days of Rototiller and Troy-Bilt. Going inside the original building where Rototiller started building tillers around 1937. Going to see the only known surviving RT-1. It is a tractor Rototiller built with a 6' wide tiller for making concrete streets. Should be a great time!
Will post some photos when I return.

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Posted June 20, 2012 - 08:41 PM

Sounds like an interesting trip through history. The 6' wide tiller sounds like a beast, that would make short work of a garden. Wish you a safe and fun trip.

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Posted June 20, 2012 - 08:46 PM

Hope you find some interesting information on your trip and have fun too ,Al

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Posted June 20, 2012 - 08:53 PM

That sounds like a great trip! Have fun and I look forward to seeing the pictures!

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Posted June 20, 2012 - 09:16 PM

Yes, have a good time and take lots of pictures. Sounds really cool.

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 04:54 AM

That sounds like a fascinating trip back in time. Can't wait for the pictures!

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 05:39 AM

That ought to be fun and informative! Have a blast!

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 07:05 AM

Good luck in your quest and thanks for the offer of pictures, sounds interesting.

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 04:39 PM

Attached is a scan of a photo of RT-1 and some of it in its' current conditon. It tills 58" wide and up to 15" deep. It uses a Chrysler 6 cylinder engine, a truck transmisson, and a ROTOTILLER designed and built rear. Pictured on the seat are the original tines. Ones currently on the machine were installed by a previous owner. This tractor was shown publically for the first time in at the first field day by Rototiller in May 1938.

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 05:20 PM

Very cool pictures, glad you were able to find out some more info on your tillers. Did you take anymore photos of the tractor, engine, drive train. thanks for sharing. :thumbs:

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Posted June 24, 2012 - 08:36 PM

Yes, I will set up a photo album and upload more photos as I get time.
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Posted June 24, 2012 - 10:42 PM

Photo album is up for RT-1. Below is the link.
http://gardentractor...6-rt-1-tractor/
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Posted June 25, 2012 - 06:01 AM

It's interusting to see that it had it's own radiator and side panels not just using a car or truck hood with there brand name over top . Thanks the the great info and pictures , Al

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 06:29 AM

Very cool pictures. Wow is that thing big. Any idea on weight?

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:18 PM

The original factory was previously a rope factory. Kelsey moved the Rototiller business there in 1937. Rototiller manufacturing moved Syracuse when Porter-Cable bought Rototiller in 1959. Tiller manufacturing resumed there in 1962 with the Trojan Horse tiller, which had it named changed in 1968 to Troy-Bilt due to a trademark challenge. They were made there until 2001.

Looks sad inside now, an empty shell. The photo of the stairs was right inside the main door and it led to the main office. Even Rototiller, Inc. has been removed from the outside of the building. The buildings are now owned by The Ross Valve company. It is fitting as they are a very old family owned business.
The B&W photo was taken around 1949 when the Home Gardeners were being made.

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