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Old 06-13-2019, 08:05:35 AM
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Since I see the site lists tillers I also have an old Roto-ette tiler my Grand-dad owned which was built in the 40's.I have never seen another like it,I finally got it apart and repaired and running this spring. with it's little Briggs 8FB engine.replaced a rusted bearing in the tiller unit and such.they're not too practical with the hook style tines because they load up with debris very fast but I have never seen another like it and as complicated as they are with the two piece aluminum housing and all the gearing involved I'm not surprised - a tire that is non existent as far as I can tell anymore.I wonder if there are any more out there
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The B&S model 8 engines were only produced 1949-1957, so your tiller was probably built in that time period.

There is a LOT of info for your tiller at:
http://http://www.zucksrototillers.com/

Look around at that site, and if you have specific questions, contact Chuck Zuck directly. ...He is the "expert" on all things Rototiller.
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I would sure like to see you post a photo or 2 of your machine.
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What you have is a Roto-Ette Home Gardener. There are quite a few of these still floating around. I have two myself, but no photos currently. Take care of that tire. It will be difficult to replace just as you suspect.
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Miller tire has 4.80-7 stud-tread tires.

Is this the tires in question?
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No, the tire for the Home Gardener is 18 x 4.00 and has the valve stem vulcanized to the tire. Sort of like a tire and tube all in one. You could inflate the tire off of the rim.
One HG I bought had the tire cut open and a tube installed. Another fellow had communicated that he was going to see about having foam injected into the tire like some skid loader tires. Down side of installing a tube is that the rim does not actually have a ridge to hold a tire bead which the tire does not actually have.
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