Free Tiller project, Part 2 - Motor





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Published on May 18, 2009

In this video, I take my garbaged picked tiller free from beside the road and work to see if the motor is any good. It's a Briggs and Stratton 3.5 or 5 HP verticle shaft engine with recoil start and a pulsejet carburetor.

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The engine is a 3.5 HP model 92902 (1968-1977).
Ristomatti Kolsi
That Briggs-engine looks like Halloween pumpkin :-)
Ristomatti Kolsi
Yeah, but not just colour, there is also eyes and teeth. When you look at it from the side of spark plug. I'm one of those who see faces in things :-D
It is rusty!
Bryan Gray
I had a chance to get one of these but it was missing the engine abs to cover that hides the belts so I passed on it but saved a 1958 Springfield.
Josh Collison
Thanks for the video! Any idea what year that tiller is? I was just borrowing one exactly like from someone, and it was stolen from my garage today while I was at work. Thankfully I was just Googling the tiller yesterday because I was curious about the year -- so I do have the model number, etc so that I can file a police report (not that I expect it to pan out!), but I was unable to figure out what year it was. Mine was a Briggs and Stratton Magna Till Smith, Model 500523. Going to go check the local scrap metal yards in the morning -- still hoping to find it!
Those actually are not ratchets they are one way bearings they are filled balls that circle around different chambers, it is actually pretty ingenious desighn! As long as they dont go to shit they are much better than the ones that open up on the modern recoils, they are all plastic too!
Almost looks like the tiller My dad bought from Sears way back when. That tiller was a man killer, but we tilled the neighbor's gardens for spending money every spring. The cone shaped clutch would wear out every five years or so and it was hard to find a new one. Sea foam is Awesome stuff and useful for freeing sticky rings. 
Carl Bryson
I have one of those tillers exactly like that except mine has a 3.5 Hp Briggs!
Evan Cloutier
@GarrettJDB no thay do not have primers 
@shylowbugera Long time ago...beside the road for 20 bucks and sold in like 2 hours.
That is a choke-a-matic carb. 
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