Troy-Bilt Tller Identification

kwinchMay 10, 2007

Hi All,

First time here. Looks like a great website. I bought an old Troy-Bilt tiller recently. I was wondering if anyone can help with model identification. MTD is no help. They said the older ones didn't have model numbers per se. I think it is a Horse. I do have a serial number. It had a Tucumseh engine but I couldn't find any specs on it. It blew up and now I'm looking at putting a new engine on it. I put a 5 hp I/C I had sitting around and it seemed to pull it OK. I have to use that engine elsewhere so I'm leaning towards a 6.5 hp I/C a local dealer has for $229. They also have a Contractor Tools 6.5 hp on sale for $169 but I don't know anything about them.

Can anybody help on how to identify the model or year?

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rej2(Z5)

Join the troy bilt tiller club on yahoo groups. There is a file section on home page, click on it, it identifies by serial # up to year 1983. Or you could post number here and I'll look it up for you. If it's, really ancient I may have trouble, numbers should be on right side up top on flat spot on transmission case. My 1985 Troy is a Horse III with PTO. Owner of group says he'll eventually update file to include later serial#'s. I can only tell year of manufacture. REJ2

    Bookmark   May 10, 2007 at 11:16PM
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bill_kapaun

"They also have a Contractor Tools 6.5 hp on sale for $169 but I don't know anything about them."

Is that a Chinese engine?

    Bookmark   May 10, 2007 at 11:58PM
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kwinch

I haven't looked closely at that Contractor's Tool engine. I haven't found anything on them on the web. I think I'll get the I/C.
The serial number of my tiller is 203204. If you can provide any info that would be great. I'll also look at joining that Yahoo club.
Thanks

    Bookmark   May 11, 2007 at 7:03AM
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rej2(Z5)

Kwinch, your tiller was manufactured in the first half of 1976. I would guess yours to be a two speed Model II Horse. I believe the two speed models used two belts instead of one. Does yours have two belts? Mine has two sets of pulleys but uses only one belt. Moving the belt from one set to the next changes speeds on mine. Low and High. REJ2.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2007 at 11:34PM
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leannesutton38

i am trying to identify my old troy bilt roto tiller and am recieving no help from mtd products as they said it is older than when they took over the rights to the product
I have numbers from the top of my tiller they are as follows
Model H30-3536R Serial 5329B if any one could help me to identify this machine it would be greatly appreciated as i am trying to find the manuals that i would need to have for it such as parts and owners manual thank you so very much with this help

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 9:52AM
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bill_kapaun

Model H30-3536R Serial 5329B
Sounds like Tecumseh engine numbers, not tiller numbers.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 4:40PM
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art5910

My Troy Bilt 6 HP Horse two speed tiller, originally came with a Tecumseh engine, has the serial number and date of manufature stamped on the top of the transmission. Look carefully for that information on your tiller.

MTD is incorrect when they say Troy didn't have models ... they did. You could get a 8 HP Horse, a 6 HP Horse or a 4 or 5 HP Pony ... etc.

Everything I ever bought from the real Troy Bilt had a model number. Having that information when you called Troy was inconsequental, however. They knew who their customers were and what they owned, when they bought it, whether it was new or used, who they got it from and what parts they bought for it. What a company! Murray and MTD don't hold a candle to Troy Bilt ... on the other hand, Troy Bilt is gone. Shame on them for publishing a quarterly free news paper and tracking (knowing) their customers so very well. I miss them still today.

I still have my Horse tiller and my Lawn and garden tractor. I relinquished my chipper/shredder to my son in law.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2008 at 8:00PM
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amigatec(7a Oklahoma)

H30-3536R sounds like 3hp Tecumseh to me, this may be a TroyBilt Jr.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 8:39PM
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ektovar_2010

I also have a older Troybilt tiller that I am trying to date.
Serial numbers are 49251 3.
Model # TH 1003 1
Also has Garden way TN 1019 stamped on it

Any help would be appreciated

This thing keeps kicking out of low and into high speed. I can't keep up with it

Thanks

Wade

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 6:37PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

build about november 1980 . tighten nut at pivot on low high level its friction may need take apart clean 3/4 end wrench will fit nut. You have 4 speed sigle belt movable to other pulley grove change speeds. TH numbers are part numbers for housing. tighting nut should keep in gear. If have to much neutral in low high lever be shoes on shifing forks in transmiission. Join yahoo troybilt site if still have problem post there will have good help.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 8:49PM
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antiqhunt_aol_com

Just bought a vintage Horse tiller at an auction; S/N 508869. Has what's left of an HH60 Tecumseh on it; plan on replacing that. I can read the "Horse" decal on the lower left of the tine shroud, but the decal where the model number would be has faded totally. This has the "shift?" lever on the right side; I'm assuming this is the high/low speed lever? Would like to know if this is a Horse I or II.

All help appreciated!

Tom

    Bookmark   March 5, 2011 at 9:56PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

12/80 when made model 1 its four speed 2 speeds in that lever to right. Other 2 speeds by moving single belt to other grooves uses single belt with different size grooves.

To save money on engine replacement look at Harbor Freight. Greyhound engine its 6 1/2 horse power few days ago cost was 129.00 on new engine.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 1:15PM
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phhoner_gmail_com

Hi, please help me I.D my tiller.
rear tiller
It is big ,red 8HP Koehler
serial# 827776
looks like two shift bars, one for speed slow neutral and fast
the other bar is the big one for forward and reverse.
Don't know how to run this thing,need a manual,but have to I.d it to find one.
Guessing 20 to 25 years old. Thanks for your help

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 9:25PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

5/86 month year made in 1982 tiller's made as PTO model you find all info on mtd site when searching on mtd site just use model 1 serial number 1 it allow troybilt manual and parts books to be down loaded. Join yahoo troybilt group dot com make that into link to search no spaces. It take many hours to read load what find there. You have very find tiller. Bill Rogers on group at yahoo he dealer for troybilt there 800 number on site so contact him in normal work hours.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 6:04AM
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horton-miller_comcast_net

HI There, I have an old Gardenway tiller, Serial # 604277. Also has TH 1008 stamped on it. Engine is 7hp Kohler. Anyone know how old this baby is? Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 3:10PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

First half 1982 when built.

the TH 1008 means that casting number has no use to owner of troy bilt tiller.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 7:17PM
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beachbound2_centurytel_net

Can anyone help me identify the year of my tiller? Full serial number is as follows; 120560310644. The 12056 is also the model number. This is located on the Gardenway decal. It is a horse tiller with a seven horsepower Briggs Engine. Thank you

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 9:47PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Jay I don't have list thats new your tractor its 1993 are newer.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 11:21PM
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joshmarke

Howdy folks. I have a TB tiller with some worn out tines. I cant seem to find the correct numbers to ID this thing to order parts with. On the front of the gear box is stamped "Gardenway TH1002". The other number i find is on the handle "1019". I cannot find the numbers in the places where the manual says.

I also found the original motor which is a 6hp tecumseh. On the plate it says:

Model: HH 60-105061D
Serial: 9195 07041

Any help to ID this thing would be awesome!

Cheers

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 5:36PM
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fishbass

Hello I'm new here could anyone tell me when this engine was made model # H30-35387S serial # 90900 Thanks for your help

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 1:29AM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

I don't no year but if need parts model number works. Link give you parts from sears.

Here is a link that might be useful: 3 hp on sears

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 2:14PM
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kevinsailer

I got an old Troy Bilt tiller, but no manual for it. The engine is a Tecumseh. The stamped serial number on the right side of the transmission is 26 48 8 6. I would like to find out the year and horse power of this tiller, and if there is a repair manual, or PDF file for this tiller I can access. Thanks

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 6:09PM
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slowpoke_gardener

There is a lot of info listed earlier in this thread. If you are talking about an old Troy Bilt horse, it is most likely a 6 or 7 hp. I think the engine will have HH 60 or HH 70 on it which is 6 or 7 hp. Mine is a 1981 with a hh 70 Tecumseh, which is a 7 hp. non PTO unit. It appears to be original (except 110 volt starter) and still does a good job.

I think you will find all the info you need in this thread.
Good luck with your tiller.

Larry

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:38PM
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Steven Laurin & Company

Perhaps literature for your model can be found in the below link . . .

Here is a link that might be useful: TroyBilt Tiller manuals

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 9:11PM
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Tophersk2

I am trying to find out what year my Tiller is. Just got it and want to take care of it..it has lasted this long and I don't want it to die on my watch. I have read through the post and not found what I think is a model # for my Troy-bilt tiller. I'm sure some of this info is no good but its all the number I found. on the Tecumseh engine HH60-105079D serial 1071D, Handle base GARDEN WAY TH-1019 H, top of trans case 1003 W. any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 11:28AM
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Steven Laurin & Company

Garden Way serial numbers for tillers from 1962 - 1983, can be identified through the PDF link below:

Here is a link that might be useful: Troy-Bilt 1962-1983

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 3:01PM
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Steven Laurin & Company

Garden Way serial numbers for tillers from 1962 - 1992, can be identified through the PDF link below:

Here is a link that might be useful: Troy-Bilt 1962 - 1992

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 3:04PM
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Tophersk2

Archdiver, Thanks, I was unable to find any numbers that looked familiar on the links provided. I did take another look after reading some posts and found a number under the lip of the transmission case Right Side. Was a tough read with the wheel on. I believe it was TH 1001 and looked like an R inside an octagon(thats the part that was a very tough read)

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 11:31PM
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