Theres some good looking Gilson's tillers in this thread. The red Gilson and the blue Ford look brand new. Mine was branded as a Co-Op model and never looked as good as those
It would be interesting to know how many OPE providers rebranded Gilson Bro's tillers.....
I've responded to quite a few emails lately seeking info on the belts and idler pulleys so I thought I'd update this thread with the info.
Likes has been posted the belt sizes are 3/8" x 46" and 1/2" x 46". I'll add where I got them and the part#'s the supplier uses, same for the idler pulleys.
1ea fractional drive belt, 3/8" x 46", part# 68-1024
1ea fractional tiller drive belt, 1/2" x 46" part# 68-1055
1ea Idler Pulley for Gilson, part# Rotary 435
Supplier is www.tulsaenginewarehouse.com
Last I ordered these parts was back in 2012, a quick check shows they still have them (July 2014).
I've found that by keeping the actuating lever properly adjusted the tiller worked the best. Proper adjustment is to try and center (as as close as you can) the actuating lever in the neutral position. Adjustment bolt(s) is under the handle.
I usually get 3 or 4 seasons out of the pulleys. The idler pulley that adjusts the tension on the tine drive wears most on mine.
I've only swapped the belts out twice in nearly 20 yrs.
These old tillers ain't no Horse or Pony but I can't argue against nearly 20 yrs of service on a unit I traded for used.
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