I basically got it for scrap price at a garage sale, seller said it was his Dad's and it sat in the garage a while.
The 1st thing I noticed about it sitting there was the peeling decals,and the missing flywheel screen. though most of the actual paint looks original and good shape. Appearance wise the worst part is the tine shield which is a bit rusty and wrinkled.
I tried pulling the starter rope and it seemed locked up. so I offered a little less than the marked price and he took it. Said "Yeah" almost too easy. I am cringing a bit on this one because it seemed "locked up" when I pulled the rope. Yet when I got it wheeled into my Dakota's bed, I grabbed the flywheel fins and am able to turn it, and it seems that something is engaged because the wheels wanted to turn with the flywheel. Yet it freewheels fine when I push it. I moved all the levers to each position and no change. I'm hoping for a rusty pulley or something holding things up once I get the cover off to investigate.
I looked at it the 1st time we went to town about 9:00, didn't say anything about it to the seller, then.
I came home and looked around CL for an engine, found 3 great looking candidates real cheap on CL so when we went back to town a few hours later I made my offer and paid him, but I was in the Wrangler and had my dogs with me (took them for bath+nail trim so no room for the tiller), had to go back a 3rd time to actually pick it up. It wasnt til I actually picked it up that I saw that it has a dual shaft engine and hoped I didnt make a mistake buying it, I was relieved when I saw that I could turn the flywheel.....
if I can get it running reasonably I may wind up buying new decals for it.....
my last tiller, a Horse that I had used once for like 45 minutes after putting a brand new engine onto, was stolen from me shortly after. This one is a little smaller, the Horse was actually a bit of overkill for my occasional tiller needs.
Edited by dodge trucker, September 25, 2016 - 08:26 AM.