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#1 FirefyterEmt OFFLINE  

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 06:07 PM

So it was such a nice day out, I figured I may as well put the dozer-blade onto the tiller and push around my compost. Now this tiller was last used in the fall, and had a full tank of gas with sea-foam in it. I bolted on the blade, drained the oil and replaced it with fresh oil. Then I placed the tiller at half throttle and full choke and gave the 30 year old Briggs a pull... and there it is, on the first pull every time! :thumbs:

So, I pushed around about 10 wheel barrow loads of compost and aged chicken manure from the hen house with the dozer blade, and tilled it all in. Typical New England spring time... The largest "new" rock found was about the size of a 2 liter bottle!

I had been a bit disappointed in my compost bin. It was a tossed together effort of three pallets and I kinda stopped turning it. Mainly hen house bedding and household scraps. I really did not turn it, and had even taken down the pallets. With the dozer blade on, I was planning to just smooth out the pile that looked like a huge pile of shavings. Well, well... under that outer layer was, gasp, COMPOST!! :firejumper:
Now I need to make a little bit better compost bin!

Here's to things built in an era where quality mattered! :thumbs:
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Maybe I should get around to painting that blade, Eh?

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 06:29 PM

Thanks for the pics
Those troy built's are great machines

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 06:39 PM

Nice looking Troy bilt. Glad it worked well and started as usual.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 06:56 PM

That's a nice machine.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 07:16 PM

Very nice machine. I guess it might be time to paint the blade so it is as pretty as the tiller :D

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 10:18 PM

Yea, I like it... For those who don't know, that tiller has been in family from day one. My dad bought it new in 1981 (I still have the bill of sale) and I restored it about 3 years ago. The plow blade was found on the side of the road with "free" painted on the front a little after I finished the tiller. I think I will shoot some paint on it, and finish it off. It is handy for smoothing out dirt, you can use the tines to dig it up a bit, and the blade to smooth it out.

The only thing she needs is the seal at the fwd/rev shifter shaft replaced. It has a fair leak when it sits for a long time. But then again, the seal is also 30 years old as well! Even the tires are original, although tubed and showing a fair bit of dry rot.

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Posted May 02, 2011 - 12:11 PM

Nice! I don't think I ever saw one with a blade on it.
I could not find a used Horse, so bought a new Super Bronco CRT this year, and really like it.
But it's not a Horse(which I've wanted since the early 80's) so I'm still looking, I can use both on my place.

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Posted May 02, 2011 - 12:23 PM

That's a nice machine,thanks for the picture.

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Posted May 02, 2011 - 12:57 PM

I love my Horse, too! Mine doesn't have the guard on the front, though. I came across a blade recently for $40 (might still go get it), but not having the guard to mount it on, I didn't pursue it.

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Posted May 02, 2011 - 11:23 PM

The blade does come in handy and in some ways you can do a bit more "dirt work" than the tractor with a blade. For example, it's easy to loosen the dirt with the tines and then come back to smooth it out with the blade. My only complaint is that the blade is a bit low. Tine removal fixes that if you were to use it to plow snow (did that one year) but I could use a few inches in height. The blade is pinned, so when it was time to till, you can just pop the two pins and leave the push frame on the bracket.

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PS, the above photo shows the bracket in the "build stage" The "A" frame came with the plow, but the bracket that stays on the push bar had to be hand made. I beefed it up a little over the original design.

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Posted May 02, 2011 - 11:25 PM

I love my Horse, too! Mine doesn't have the guard on the front, though. I came across a blade recently for $40 (might still go get it), but not having the guard to mount it on, I didn't pursue it.


You know.... there is one on e-bay right now.
Troy Bilt Tiller Bumper/ Brush Guard Horse model | eBay

No, there are two of them.
http://cgi.ebay.com/...=item43a6d2c71a




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