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1952 Merry Tiller?


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Old 06-26-2011, 08:00 PM
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I bought a tiller today and I think it's an early Merry Tiller. Can anybody verify? It has a Briggs 5s made in 1952. The flywheel cover appears to be from a model N Briggs, bummer. The intake valve was stuck and it had no spark. I got that fixed in about an hour and it will run with primer gas in the carb. I will clean out the tank and carb tomorrow.
The handles were broken at some point in the past and welded back with a splice bar. Should I leave the original repaired handles or try to make some new ones? If it is a Merry Tiller, did it have decals or logo anywhere on the machine?


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Default Re: 1952 Merry Tiller ?

I cant offer any info, but to say, neat old tiller. I personally would leave the handles as they are, theres nothing wrong with a little character.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:05 PM
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After looking at some photo gallaries, I am thinking the 5s engine isn't the origional engine. All the pics with the same handles show a larger engine. I haven't found any pics with the 1 hp 5s. I'll fix her up anyway.
Would be nice to find a set of wheels. It's not easy to drag this thing around.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:30 PM
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i have never seen a mery tiller with anything less then 3 hp briggs, the 5 hp briggs being the most common, most had the suction carb./fuel tank exept for the real old ones, i almost bought a merry tiller with a bread-box briggs, number type with the suction carb. from the 60's, but got the early 70's frount tine ariens instead, i have seen merry tiller wheels pop up every now and again, or you could make some,
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:28 AM
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Default Re: 1952 Merry Tiller ?

definitly a Merry Tiller. The last one I used had a Tecumseh on it. Early 70s model, But the frame/gearbox was identical.
not a bad little unit to use. I had to replace the upper chain in the gearbox, because it rusted where the condensation collected at the very top over the years. It was just standard chain i was able to get at Tractor Supply Co.
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Two of the head bolts on the engine stick up with a spacer under them. That's definately from a reel mower. The top of the engine is tied back to the handles on a reel mower.
Which model Briggs came on these early frames?
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My FIL has a Merry Tiller he bought new I think in the 60's. It has a 80000 series Briggs engine on it. I will get Model, Type, Code numbers and a picture or two for you.

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I got it running this morning. I may keep the 5s on it as sort of tiller "folk art". It depends on wheather I find an engine at a good price (cheep).
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Here are the picture of my FIL's Merry Tiller. It is a Scotsman. The engine is a Briggs Model 80202, Type 0294-01, Code 7012033. Engine made Dec. 1970 so I think this would make it a 1971 model. I am sure the engine is the original as my FIL had this tiller when my wife and I started going together in about 197, we were married in 1976.

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My Merry Tiller has a Briggs model 8 on it. I never checked the serial number to figure out what year it is, but I think it's early to mid 50's
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Thanks for the info. A model 8 is what I was thinking was available in the 1950's. I tried out the little 5s and it did fairly well. Better than I expected.
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Back in about 1960 I got one of these from my dad. It was on a orchard when he bought it. It had the straight tines and a 3' sickle bar mower on front and you used the "wheels" that were angle iron,theres a picture on one of the post.It was well worn and the old cast iron engine was tired.I used it for years and finally replaced the engine with a 3hp alum Briggs/Stratton.At which time I rebilt the gear case. the chains were worn and bearings and seals gone.I couldnot find parts so I made them.a trip to steel supply house yeilded a piece of shafting material and a trip to a bearing supply got me the bearings, seals.sprockets and chain. It was all put together with the "new" actually a used engine, and put it back to work.I wore out the 3 hp engine and replaced it with a actual new 5hp B /S. I actually wore it out again.35 years of hard work took its toll, but it was one tough machine.I finally junked it as I had been given a near new rototilled by my father in law.When I quit gardening, when the kids left home I gave it to my son. When I retired I decided to start gardening again, after buying a Husqvarna FT900 I discouvered the maxim rototiller at the local ace hdwe. Its actually a modern version of the merrytiller. I also found the Merrytiller is still made. I wished I'd known before I bought the FT900, which is basically similar. It shows how a solid design last and last and it hasn't been improved on.
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Hi, I just bought a Merry Tiller today. It has a Clinton B704COD. It has a label on it that says it was from Merry Tiller Co. in Washington state, I can't read the city.
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Default Re: 1952 Merry Tiller?

I decided to bring up this older thread instead of making a new 1.
Does anyone have a way to go by serial number to find a year on these tillers?
serial number C-10634 is what is on a small tag on the top bolt of the gear box on mine.
I have a engine that I think is correct if it is from the early 60's and I have a model 8 briggs here somewhere that I can put on it if it is a 55 model or so. I have a original owners manual for a 55 and mine looks much like it. But there is no mention of a serial number tag. The manual says the number is stamped on the gear box.
So mine is a bit older or a bit newer even though the frame is the same.
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Default Re: 1952 Merry Tiller?

i have a 1955 one and i think yours is a little older. my 55 has a clinton engine and it's the original one with merry tiller on the gas tank. mine has an aluminum tag on the handle center brace.
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Yes it is starting to look like mine is a bit older.Kinda making me wonder what to put on it for a engine now.
I have a complete 61 model Briggs I was going to stick on it but for resto I would rather get closer to correct if it is older than 55.
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i went to an auction this weekend and they had 3 merry tillers. one like yours with no wheels and the round bar tool attatchment. the other two had wheels and the square hole for attatching tools. my cousin bought the older one it has a modern B&S replacement engine proabaly 70s-80s they guy who had these was in his 90s. one of the others had an original locked up clinton and the other a newer B&S.
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[QUOTE=The handles were broken at some point in the past and welded back with a splice bar. Should I leave the original repaired handles or try to make some new ones? If it is a Merry Tiller, did it have decals or logo anywhere on the machine[/QUOTE]

Looks like a tough machine to handle. Restoration is restoring to it's original state. If you can't find handles that are made for it, I'd make new ones. They were probably Oak.
I'll see if I can dig up something. I'm pretty savy at browsing the web for information.

---------- Post added at 11:05 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:55 AM ----------

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i guess the handle is up to you. the later ones had a sticker in the middle of the handle brace. the older ones had an aluminum tag in the same place with a merry tiller decal on the front/side of the gas tank.
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Default Re: 1952 Merry Tiller?

Do you just want to make it usable or restore it to it's original state. Depending what the equipment is determines how well you can do that. I have a Magna Front tine Till Smith tiller. I could get all kinds of information on the motor but the tiller itself is that problem. I see manuals which includes parts list for different models but not mine.
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