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Old 07-23-2006, 10:09 PM   post #1 of 29
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I just purchased a house and found an old troy-bilt tiller in one of the sheds. I would like some info but I don't know where to start.
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Old 07-24-2006, 01:25 AM   post #2 of 29
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Glad you found us. I know a little about the old Troy-Bilt tillers. Any info you can give me as to what kind of motor it has, and how wide the tine section is would be most helpful. You can check out what current model it most closely resembles at http://www.troybilt.com/webapp/wcs/s...17666_17666_-1
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Old 07-25-2006, 09:39 PM   post #3 of 29
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The engine is a 6hp Tecumseh, It has approx 15" tine ( not including the cover) I found a number TH1002 on the belt cover. It needs a good cleaning, it has about 25yrs of dirt on it. Tried to start it the other night but it had no spark. I found this one on ebay it looks like the same model and year as mine except mine is in a little better shape and fully assy.

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Old 07-30-2006, 09:38 PM   post #4 of 29
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Old 07-30-2006, 09:46 PM   post #5 of 29
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Looks very much like a "Horse", Jason.

and congrats on the tiller. It'll make a good project.

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Old 07-31-2006, 12:39 AM   post #6 of 29
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That definitely a Horse from the early 1970's or older, Troy-Bilt's top of the line tiller. The basic design hasn't changed much since the 1950s, mostly just engine upgrades, until the the 1980s when the PTO model came out. They are a pretty basic design, parts are still available for the tiller itself, can't vouch for the old Tec motor. You should probably start with new points, plug and condenser (less than $20 for parts) setting the points at around .018" and the plug at around .035" (that's from memory, but should be real close). Change the oil with straight 30W and change the gear lube with a 80-120W gear oil.
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:13 AM   post #7 of 29
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My father had one like that (now mine). I thought it was a horse model as well, it`s was not, the only way to find out is on the right side, by the top of the trans there are number cast into the trans you`ll them to find out what you have for sure.

The one I have looks just the one you have in the picture mine is the next one down from the horse. I lost the owners manual. But I check a long time ago and I think the Horse had a bigger motor, think it was a Kohler Magnum motor. Even with just 6 horse power, it has plenty of power and with the trans it will dig for ever.
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Old 11-02-2006, 08:02 AM   post #8 of 29
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I bought one last Sat. in suppossed non-running condition. A 1985 PTO Horse III model. Its got the Tecumseh HH60 motor. A good carb cleaning and it runs good. Overall condition is very good. Paid only $75 dollars for it. Go with a carb rebuild or replacement, don't give up on the Tecumseh motor, the one I have seems strong. REJ2.
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Well, here is a picture of mine, its a Pony, but it was in rough shape. It leaked oil from the rear tine oil seals and pretty much all other places (engine and muffler). It had the original spark plug it appeared, absolutely covered in black oil. A real mess.

As Joe said, parts are plentiful. I got new oil seals, head gasket, muffler, left/right tine bearings, beautiful tines from ebay, air filter, new belts. Its a 5 horse and it goes through sod like nothing. Fix it up it will last forever.
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I was given a nice 1980 Model Pony Tiller earlier this year.

I like it, except for it wont dig deeper than the rear gear case. I think it might need tines?

Mine is a 5hp model, with the briggs engine. I like it, but it isnt as rugged as the Ariens Rocket7, but it IS more maneuverable.

Tell us how the controls are configured.

Levers under the handle, levers on the handle? A push/pull motion handle?

I had a shot at a TroyBilt Horse a while back, it has a K181S Kohler, and was considerably larger than my pony.

The horse is a monster, it needs a set of ramps to load on a trailor.

While a pony is an easy 2 man lift.

MY favorite is the old Tuffy. Id like to find one with the original Tecumseh H30, Iworked on one and loved it.
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Hi, I'm Kev in MI. I am in need of some information please. I have an older Troy Bilt PTO Horse Model with a 7Hp Briggs Stratton Industrial/Commerical motor. The Serial says 00912018 I think or 00912078. I also found TH1003. I am wondering about the age of this tiller and which mannual to download. Thanks for the time. Great site. Kevmi
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Hi, I'm Kev in MI. I am in need of some information please. I have an older Troy Bilt PTO Horse Model with a 7Hp Briggs Stratton Industrial/Commerical motor. The Serial says 00912018 I think or 00912078. I also found TH1003. I am wondering about the age of this tiller and which mannual to download. Thanks for the time. Great site. Kevmi
That model is the OPC (operator presence control) has the pto. Can't locate an actual year, probably around 1985 or a little later. Nice tiller, the other option was the Kohler commercial engine. Welcome to MTF.
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Do any of you have any idea where I can find a pto log splitter for my Horse tiller? Since Troy Bilt went belly up and MTD bought them up, they don't make the log splitter anymore. nice of them. I live in the Youngstown, Ohio area.
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Do any of you have any idea where I can find a pto log splitter for my Horse tiller? Since Troy Bilt went belly up and MTD bought them up, they don't make the log splitter anymore. nice of them. I live in the Youngstown, Ohio area.
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I have seen two of them on e-bay in the past 5 years or so. They must be VERY rare ..
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The nice folks at MTD told me they have a pto log splitter new in the box, that they will sell me for about $780.00 plus shipping.
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