Oh dear me dear me , the free tiller won't start ... again this year .
Always been difficult and I'm tired of throwing money - and more
importantly , time - at a Briggs that's at least 20 years old and
finicky . So I get on eBay , and there's a guy selling 6 hp Honda "OHC"
motors for around a hundred bucks . Most likely it's an OHV motor , but
still it's probably twice what that B&S put out when new . The reviews I
saw all said "like brand new" , these are supposed to be from power
washers that had bad pumps and all have just a few hours so I bought one
. We'll see on Monday , it's supposed to be coming on the FedEx truck .
The rest of this unit is in pretty good shape , the gearbox at the
bottom end runs cool and turns smooth , the only real wear item is the
drive belt - it uses a v-belt for drive from the motor to the shaft down
to the foot . Gotta get 'er fixed , the season is fast approaching when
I'll need it . Just got back the results of soil tests , and got some
amendments to make to the soil .
Motor came today , we be tillin' . This is a fixed-speed motor , which I
can change easily . And it's like brand new . Bolted it on , added oil
and gas , started on the 3rd pull . I need to see if I can find that
other pair of tines (got 2 each side now , as stock) , I'm betting this
motor will pull the load . More power , ar ar ar .
It turns out he is in fact correct . I had no idea the technology had
trickled down to lawn mowers . Actually this motor came from a pressure
washer that had a bad pressure pump . Looks like new , except that you
can tell some stickers have been peeled off . Bet a quarter I've
got the only single overhead cam tiller in The Holler ...
Would the tiller attachment my neighbor has for his tractor qualify ?
Of course the tractor is a diesel and 4WD ... I don't think my Rusty the
Tractor would do well in a pull , it spins out just moving dirt - well
, actually the clay/gravel/silt mixture I dug out of the hole for the
cellar . And the tiller , well it's one of the old fashioned front tine
units , not even powered wheels . This unit was given to me several
years ago , guy wasn't even sure it ran . I've been fiddling and
fighting with it ever since to keep it running enough to dig up my
little (1,000 sf) garden every spring . Well , now it runs well I may
just break ground for some more stuff .