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Posted September 24, 2016 - 06:24 PM

who knows what about them?  Just brought one home from a garage sale,  not running yet, fingers crossed about engine health (dual shaft horiz/ engine= tough to find if need one) anyone know any  Pitfalls with this series? Going by engine numbers this appears to be a 1983 model. so hopefully still within Troy Bilt's "good old days"....


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Posted September 24, 2016 - 06:51 PM

if it is a 1983 built by Garden Way it is a good one.


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Posted September 24, 2016 - 07:16 PM

Cant go wrong with one from that era!


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Posted September 24, 2016 - 08:01 PM

Grandma had one that she used for years and it was a tank.  IIRC it was from that time period.


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Posted September 24, 2016 - 08:33 PM

I bought a new Pony in 2000.  Had to put a 3 gal bucket 1/2 full of lead wheel weights on it to keep it down.  Was more like a bucking bronco than a Pony and was tilling up fresh fill over a new filter bed.  Traded it for a Briggs engine and put it on my old BCS rear tine.  Best move I ever made.  Lot of difference in years between what I had and yours for sure.


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Posted September 25, 2016 - 08:25 AM

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.


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Posted September 25, 2016 - 12:49 PM

well it runs, no replacement engine needed. All that was wrong was that the lower  most tab on the recoil starter that is tack welded to the shroud was busted off,  and bent into the flywheel fins.... I didn't crawl on the ground to see that while at the sale. I took the shroud and starter off,  straightened it out on the vise with a flat punch and hammer and MIG'd it back in place.... started right up, IDK how long it has been sitting since last run and the seller apparently didn't know,  either.

I went out to a spot in my yard where the grass is pretty much dead (shady area that grass doesn't grow well in anyway) and tried it out... wow you really gotta hang on breaking hard ground, otherwise itll take ya for a ride.... surprising for the size of this thing...

This one doesn't have, but I thought the Pony was the TB model with counter rotating tines?  

I know this one could use new tines, but the ones on it should hopefully "do" for my occasional need for a tiller.....


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Posted September 27, 2016 - 10:05 PM

thee is a guy at my work that has a side business as an auctioneer that asked me if  wanted to sell my pony, I wasn't thinking about it, though my wife would probably like to see it leave, she's been on me about "all my stuff" lately....


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Posted May 04, 2017 - 07:45 PM

update....I went to buy a rattle can so I could paint the engine (well at least the gas tank, it is bare aluminum at the moment) was thinking of IH Red, but I see that Rustoleum now sells "Troy Bilt Red"  By the cap it looks a little "light" of a shade of red, even considering 34 years worth of sun bleaching on my machine but we shall see just how close it is.... the machine itself has nice paint still, it's just the engine that needs re painted. Still undecided about replacing all the peeling decals or not...

 

I used it 2x so far this year, did my one ditch bank with it so I could plant grass seed, just broke the crust a couple inches down...

then when I saw that side doing well, I tried to do the same on the other bank and it was the "bucking bronco" described by someone else above.

 

I have a neighbor that wants some tilling done (basically about 2 swipes right along the length of my one property lines as thet bought some of those "arbor-whatever" evergrreens they want to plant, they had a plastic  fence up there but I guess they want the trees as a fence instead.... they have the trees still in pots sitting in the driveway as we speak...

 

I bought a set of replacement tines from FeeBay IDK teh difference between "bolo" tines and not, but these said they "replaced" some others I saw available, that were advertised as such, part number for part number interchange. I was not happy when they got here and were marked "CHINA" and came with bolts alright but they came with metric crap.... I won't be using their bolts... for as often as I anticipate using this machine, hopefully they are better than the worn out ones that are on it now. hopefully it is less of a bucking bronco, although I was on a side slope when I had that issue.

I also replaced the diaphram on the carb to hopefully make it start easier after an extended "sit",  and had to replace the starter clutch, as it slipped in all but one spot, got tired of having to turn the flywheel by hand until I could find a spot the clutch would grab..... so far have alot less in this machine than those I see on CL.....



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Posted May 05, 2017 - 04:34 PM

Sounds like a keeper. We like pics BTW.



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Posted May 05, 2017 - 08:01 PM

Noblesville huh? I was just there 2 weekends ago for the 1st time. had to go p/u a cub cadet deck that I bought on Feebay, and the seller's cousin who lives in Noblesville brought it there from the KY/TN line for me..... 2-1/2 hour ride each way instead of 7-ish hour ride each way....



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Posted June 04, 2017 - 10:20 PM

well it went away yesterday. I have used it a few times, twice with the old tines and once with the new ones, and my son did a small job with it for a neighbor.... thanks but no thanks... I don't like this bucking bronco, I'm taking the money I got for this unit back to the guy that had 2 TB Horses that needed engines, I have an engine here for one of them collecting dust, I miss my old TB Horse. Nothing like them..... except (maybe) an old Ariens Rocket.


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Posted June 05, 2017 - 05:26 AM

Need a furrower?



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Posted June 05, 2017 - 06:05 AM

I was looking at that.... gotta see if the guy still has the horse model tiller that I was looking at a while back...... I don't do a garden myself, yard is too small/ but I do like having a tiller around for those times I gotta work on the yard......


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Posted August 01, 2017 - 09:12 AM

 
Gonna say this up-front right here: for those who 'know-it-all-already' - don't even bother reading this post...  :D
 
I have a Pony also, 
welll, maybe, rather, SHE does...
 
And yeah, every time I went to use it, buckin' - bouncin' - rearin' - if you could say it, it did it!!!
anything but till!!! maybe even MORE than some front-tine tiller!!!  :mad2:
 
Now, I'm one who IS a 'whole-lot-anal' about reading the manual BEFORE I start playin' with a new toy.
So, for the rest of the world with the "Tim Allen - HE-male - I got this, here hold my beer" attitude -
Guess I have to own up to it right out here in front of God and the rest of the world,
I got 'taken-to-school'
got handed the manual, and told to 'read-this-part-right-HERE' with the finger pointing EXACTLY where - 
OH!!!, UH!!!, UMMM!!!, guess I skipped over that part...  :deadhorse:
 
For tilling 'new' ground, you're supposed to set the depth adjuster so you ONLY do an inch or so with each pass, GRADUALLY working down to the max depth the tines will till.  :thumbs:
 
Know what? Last fall when it came time to re-do my Iris beds, used that little Pony the way that GardenWay, Troy-Bilt Division, wrote in the manual that it was SUPPOSED to be used, even tho' I had used the shovel to take up the rhizomes, so the ground was mostly broke loose, AND, none of the earlier behavior was exhibited at all! WOW, alright, is all I can say. It was a pleasure to use.  :dancingbanana:
 
I'll add this also, I even got to show my buddy who has a Horse, and that sucker WILL take you for a ride with an 8 horse engine on it!!!, same thing!!!,
 
reckon that's the WHY of dem engineers putting that thing on dere in the first place.  :poke:
 

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