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Fired up the power tiller and used it to cultivate the garden.

It works great and is just as good if not better than the Troybilt Horses

Made a short video but its not that great due to the fact I was not watching the screen but making sure I didnt run over the small corn plants coming up :D

 

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The right side tire is mounted backwards.
 

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Looks like fun to me!

I like to find a Tillmaster for myself some day.
 
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I love the way those things just creep along. Nice!
 

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I wish mine was in better shape. Lots of issues with the engine. I need to find a parts engine or a different one.

It looks like it does a good job. What do you have for row spacings? Have you tried using the higher speed on it or just used the low side?

Thanks for the pics and video. :thumbs:
 
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I wish mine was in better shape. Lots of issues with the engine. I need to find a parts engine or a different one.

It looks like it does a good job. What do you have for row spacings? Have you tried using the higher speed on it or just used the low side?

Thanks for the pics and video. :thumbs:
I just use the old fashion sticks and string and run them down the length of the garden.

Would love to find one of those seeder attachments for the walkbehinds with the row spacer but there seems to be not many out there :(

I did try the high speed, It is a bit faster but when working in tight areas low speed is better.
 

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I'm the guy with the Bolens Tillmaster. I'm in the rebuild process and have been searching for bearings. So far I've found several but one in particular (Timken 1680) is going to be pricy since it's not a size in general use today. The biggest task was getting the remains of the petrified gear oil out of the gear case. It's like hardened Cosmolene and nothing will dissolve it (including my steam Jenny) so it has to be scraped and wire brushed out. I even bought a rotary shaft tool to get into the nooks and crannies. Very tedious, but the reward will be worth it.

I'm very aware of its rarity so I feel a responsibility to make sure it's properly restored, even down to the actual Timken bearing numbers it was built with. If I ever do decide to sell it I want to make sure it stays in the Bolens community, but I'm not too old to consider it soon.

This afternoon I'm taking the gear case down to the automotive paint dealer so they can use the color analyzer to come up with a color match. I've asked all over the different forums if anyone can identify that metallic looking blue-green color Bolens used in the late fifties but so far no luck.

I'll keep you posted - Bear
 

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I'm the guy with the Bolens Tillmaster. I'm in the rebuild process and have been searching for bearings. So far I've found several but one in particular (Timken 1680) is going to be pricy since it's not a size in general use today. The biggest task was getting the remains of the petrified gear oil out of the gear case. It's like hardened Cosmolene and nothing will dissolve it (including my steam Jenny) so it has to be scraped and wire brushed out. I even bought a rotary shaft tool to get into the nooks and crannies. Very tedious, but the reward will be worth it.

I'm very aware of its rarity so I feel a responsibility to make sure it's properly restored, even down to the actual Timken bearing numbers it was built with. If I ever do decide to sell it I want to make sure it stays in the Bolens community, but I'm not too old to consider it soon.

This afternoon I'm taking the gear case down to the automotive paint dealer so they can use the color analyzer to come up with a color match. I've asked all over the different forums if anyone can identify that metallic looking blue-green color Bolens used in the late fifties but so far no luck.

I'll keep you posted - Bear
HI bear!

I had to get the Cosmolene out of my Ridemaster trans I heated it up with a torch and most of it came out.

I am doing a Ridemaster restore right now if I come up with the color befor you do I'll send you the code.
 
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