Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Two Wheeled Terror



I’m a lover of all things two-wheeled, but none more than my 1984 Troy-Bilt Rototiller. It sports the eight H.P. Kohler motor, horizontal shaft drive and tough-as-nails crash bars. I bought it new and it has fed me and my family for all these years. It is nearly bulletproof and always starts on the second pull, even after sitting in the shop all winter. The float stuck once and I’ve replaced worn tines and tires, but she’s never let me down, surviving drought, flood, divorce and a brief bout with bi-polar disorder.

Yesterday she started on the second pull and now stands ready to embark on another season of dirt-churning, long cruises in the garden and County Fair, Nitro-methane division Tractor Pulls.

Just look at her and tell me she ain’t sexy as Hell!

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    1. Yes Mama, she has the sleek, sexy lines of a Ferrari and the fine well-worn patina of a vintage Harley.

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  2. My Ryan aerator is lusting after your tiller???

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    1. He heh, maybe they should get together.

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  3. The Kohler powered generator/welder at work about the same vintage is still going strong, with a few fuel pump replacements...good stuff.

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    1. They're great motors. Some time back Troy Bilt was sold to some giant lawn mower company,
      I think Snapper. They now have inferior Briggs and Stratton motors and the quality in general is way down. A shame.

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  4. What an injustice, replacing a Kohler with a B+S, modern times, what a bloody let down . . . keep on loving it Herm.

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    1. I'll always love her WLP. In fact, I got to thinking, other than a squirrel rifle I've had since I was sixteen, this is my oldest possession.

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    1. She can't cook LG, but she can clean....up the weeds between a row of green beans like no other.

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