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1952 Merry Tiller?


I bought a tiller today and I think it's an early Merry Tiller. Can anybody verify? It has a Briggs...

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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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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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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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Default Re: 1952 Merry Tiller ?

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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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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Default Re: 1952 Merry Tiller ?

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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Default Re: 1952 Merry Tiller?

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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