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#1 earthgrinder ONLINE  

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Posted May 04, 2015 - 11:40 AM

I was able to get some goodies on Saturday.  The Rototiller has never been run.  It was probably made around 1959 or 1960.  It was made while Rototiller, Inc. was owned by Porter Cable.  It is missing a few minor things, which I have.  The new Clinton engine is a replacement for on the Trojan Horse and early Troy-Bilt Horse.  The B&S is a model NP.  Looks like it was in use for a short time.  I need to drop the pan as there seems to  be a clunk when rotating the crankshaft.  After all there has to be a reason it was removed from a machine.  It is a motor for a Roto-ette Home Gardener.

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Edited by earthgrinder, May 04, 2015 - 11:41 AM.

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Posted May 04, 2015 - 12:12 PM

Very pretty! What is the hair clip on the front shaft for?


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Posted May 04, 2015 - 05:06 PM

Very pretty! What is the hair clip on the front shaft for?

That is where all the attachments get mounted.  There should be a round plate on there.  That is one of the missing parts.  I have red plates and need to repaint one green.  The hair clip keeps the item on.  Check my Model 2 & 3 page on my website to see some attachments mounted.


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Posted May 07, 2015 - 08:15 PM

That looks alot like a troybilt horse. What is the connection?



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Posted May 07, 2015 - 10:07 PM

In the line of progression the Troy-Bilt Horse is next (actually called the Trojan Horse first).  In 1959 Porter Cable bought controlling interest in Rototiller, Inc., Troy, New York and the next year moved operations to Syracuse, NY for a year, then sold the Rototiller line to Rockwell, who turned around and sold it to Moto Mower.  As a condition of the sale, Rockwell was required to supply replacement parts for five years.  Rockwell didn't want the parts business, so they asked George Done, designer of the Model T, 2, & 3 Rototiller, if he would be interested in providing the required parts.  He still had the old Rototiller building in Troy and agreed to do so.  He and 2 others mortgaged their houses to buy back the manufacturing equipment and WATCO Machine Products was started.  George already was working on the Trojan Horse and in February 1962 the first one rolled off the assembly line.

 

Probably more of an answer than you expected or wanted.


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Posted May 08, 2015 - 04:46 AM

 

 

Probably more of an answer than you expected or wanted.

Always something new to learn, we would not know otherwise. The Clinton is a looker for sure.



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Posted May 08, 2015 - 05:21 AM

 

Probably more of an answer than you expected or wanted.

Always fascinated  in how products,/ designs , came about .  Thanks Al


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