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#1 skid OFFLINE  

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Posted August 27, 2011 - 08:18 PM

A friend of mine just dropped this off in my yard and then left really fast...probably not a good sign. :confuse:

The only thing I have been able to identify so far is the engine.
Wisconsin 9.2 HP
Model: AENL
Spec No: 150865
Serial No: 5367136
Produced Year: 1974

There is an almost new sticker on the tiller that says "Oregon Manufacturing Co" but not sure if it is even relevant.

Does anyone know who built this?

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 05:09 AM

The sticker on the tiller was in fact correct. This is a MANG rotary tiller, built by the Oregon Manufacturing Co. in Beaverton Oregon. They were in business from 1948 - 2001. They apparently built tillers and custom trailers to transport them. Most of their equipment was sold to rental yards and other commercial customers.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 05:29 AM

Thanks for the update! I'm not sure how I missed this thread, but thanks for hanging in there and posting the follow-up! That should be a fairly sturdy unit if it was made to be rented out. Does it run?

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 07:14 AM

hey, glad i found this thread, tough little engine the AE wisconsins are, makes me think of truck gardeners/market gardener, i love it,

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 07:22 AM

Must have been one of the threads that got buried in the what's new and I missed it too.

Looks like a solid machine and I like the depth gauge on it. Thanks for sticking around and posting your update to the thread.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 07:45 AM

Welcome, skid. Nice looking 2-wheeler and tiller. I like the gauge wheel on the tiller. Good luck with it. Is it yours or are you fixing it for someone (A friend of mine just dropped this off in my yard and then left really fast...probably not a good sign. :confuse:)?

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 08:08 AM

That should be a fairly sturdy unit if it was made to be rented out. Does it run?


The thing is built like a Russian tank. I guess the steel framework is just to protect the engine when some careless renter crashes it into something. I have not tried to start it yet. Looks like it has been collecting dust for a while.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 08:35 AM

Is it yours or are you fixing it for someone

Someone gave it to my friend earlier in the day and I guess he started having second thoughts while driving home with it (Like; just what I need, another project!) and he decided to offer it to me. So now I own a MANG.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 08:56 AM

tough little engine the AE wisconsins are


Can you believe these engines were once used to power a car?
Take a look at the King Midget

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Posted September 01, 2011 - 08:39 PM

any up dates on the Mang tiller,

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 02:24 AM

any up dates on the Mang tiller,


Its alive! Just had to clean up the points and add new fuel.

Although it runs good, there seems to be a few basic design issues with the tiller itself. I suppose it could be the operator, but not to sure since information about the tiller is not available. Some examples include:

A) Plow depth; the tines only extend 4" from the tiller shaft.
B) Plow width; plows only a 12" path.
C) Single forward speed; when engaged, must walk fast to keep up. The tines skip across dirt.
D) All weight is centered over the drive wheels, no weight to hold down the tiller.
E) Very top heavy on uneven ground.

Perhaps this is why Mang no longer exists?

BTW: Mang was founded by Otto A Mang.

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 06:14 AM

1950's to early 1960's, i beleve it is more of a cultivator then a tiller, the high speed you encountered may be the transport speed, there should be low speed someweres on it for tilling,
it makes me think two wheel tractor also, the tiller may be an accessory and may have come with other accessories/attachments,
just a thought or two, i may be way off,

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Posted September 11, 2011 - 12:58 AM

I noticed some water leaking from one of the seals and ended up pulling the engine. (the only way to access the gear case) Looks like someone dumped a milkshake in the gear case (its a mix of about 20% gear oil & 80% water)
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Posted September 11, 2011 - 07:24 AM

yep, water will find a way in, good thing you opened it,

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Posted September 11, 2011 - 07:33 AM

I can't be sure, but being there are 3 different chains & as they are arranged, there must be at least 2 speeds I would think.




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