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8HP SEARS GARDEN TILLER - $350 (STEVENSVILE - FLORENCE)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: SEARS CRAFTSMAN
model name / number: 8 H.P. Task Handler
size / dimensions: Big and Heavy
FOR SALE:
8 H.P. SEARS CRAFTSMAN TASK HANDLER REAR TINE TILLER
Model No. 917.299680

This tiller is a large heavy duty tiller manufactured and purchased by me in 1981.
It is engineered and built to the "nines" as was other Sears products in those days.
The tiller has counter rotating tines that dig deep and leaves fluffy furrows. The wheels are adjustable to row widths.
It has a left and right - up and down adjustable handle as well as a tilling depth stake.

I bought it because it was their largest available tiller and because it was a monster of a machine which could take-on large garden projects.

THE HISTORY:
I used it on two smallish gardens for two or three seasons when I lived in Salt Lake.
I moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1988.
I may have used it when I built my home to take up some grass. Otherwise it hasn't been used and has been undercover.
I have lived on the West side of the Bitterroot Valley which is all rocks and no topsoil so I changed to gardening in raised beds and never used the tiller.

THE GOOD AND THE BAD:
Although it has been undercover for all these years, squirrels made it their home. And apparently they used to perch on the gear selector rod that goes to the transmission to take a pee. The result was a frozen (rusty) rod that was locked into low gear. There was no other damage to this machine. ( although the transmission pulley on one side is stuck and there is some other rust from humidity or squirrel pee).

I was going to give it a wash and oil change in anticipation of selling it for $950-$1250. I hadn't yet made up my mind on the price. Anyway I drove it around to my garage where I expected to free-up the gear selection rod. One thing led to another and I ended up taking the gearbox off the frame. After opening the gearbox it was apparent that I had to remove all the gears in order to get at the gear selector assembly. ( now we're getting way past my mechanical prowess.) I cleaned up the gears, the gearbox and the gear selector assembly and spent an eternity figuring out the replacement of the gears. As all gears match the manual diagram and they all turned nicely at once, I greased them with a high-grade Mobil mining grease. Having 99% confidence in my work, I reassembled the gearbox and all the tiller parts.

NO SOAP !! I can turn the axle by hand without resistance and the gear selector feels like it is going through the gears, but they are not engaging. My final thoughts on this is that I put in the sliding rod (shaft-shift) the gear selector rides on backwards or I didn't set the fork-shift in the right position. ( So now it is in neutral ).

THE BOTTOM LINE:
I'm an older arthritic fella with bad knees and with very mediocre mechanical skills. I'm selling my stuff due to age and physical ability these days. I don't have the time or ability to take another run at this machine. So I am selling it as-is for $350. If you have handy mechanical skills, or in the business of fixing garden and farming stuff, this is a good opportunity. Or you could take it to a repair place and pay to have it fixed and still come out to-the-good.

LAST THINGS TO KNOW:
I changed the engine oil, cleaned and gapped the spark plug ( it could use a new plug ). The engine starts on the second pull and runs good.

It is big and heavy and you will have to bring enough muscle 3-4 to load this machine onto a trailer if lifting it. "You" might be able to strap it up and put it into a pickup and I could load it with my tractor, but the risk would be all yours.

$350 CASH - Comparable new cost in today's dollars would be $4,400 as calculated from its purchase in 1981.

Thanks for taking the time to read all this.

Steve

post id: 7750376284

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