Does Anyone Recognize Old LimeGreen Tiller

MARK040103March 28, 2011

My neighbor gave me this old front tine tiller that was left out in the weather for years and was covered in rust. I signed up for a Sat morning small engine repir class and needed something to work on. Anyway, I've not been able to find any identifying model or company information on the frame? I'm hoping someone might have a clue based on the year, color, and engine size.

It's sublime green and has a round knob push/pull start stop throttle cable. It has a Briggs and Stratton 3.5hp motor number 92902 1291-01 75090505, which I think dates the motor as Sep, 5, 1975? What I'd really like to know is if anyone whose been gardening awile might have owed or remebered one like it back in the seventies. It just has fwd and neutral.

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Please post a picture. I feel I had a Ward's with a lime green cast iron case in the 70s. Did John Deere build tillers? Loger

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 10:05AM
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I have a tiller very similar to the one you are describing. I inherited it from my Grand father. The tiller has the word Turfman 3.5 on the front of the steel housing with that same lime green color you are describing. It has a Briggs 3.5 that is painted white from the factory.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 2:29PM
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I have one as well I brought home from an old tool shed. I ordered a standard 3.5 horse pulseprime kit (carb, diaphragm, governor, & tank) from instead of trying to replace a bad diaphragm and clean out the dirty gas tank.
It fit perfect. The throttle cable was also replaced. I first bought a regular throttle cable made for a lawn mower, but it kept working loose on the frame and the cable fell loose from the control switch. I found an Edelbrock throttle at Autozone and it fit in the hole on top of the handle and has stayed secure. Rather than cuttung the cable case and and the cable, I wrapped the excess cable around the handle frame twice. It fired up on the second try. I can get you the pulseprime part # if needed, $85. The throttle was $17. Still cheaper than a new tiller.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2011 at 12:32AM
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That tiller sounds a lot like one I bought back in the 1980's. It was an old tiller then. It had a 3 or 3.5 hp Briggs on it. The engine mount would slide back and forth on 4 shoulder bolts to give forward and reverse. It was a very simple and trouble-free design. I would like to have one like it now.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 12:14AM
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