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Old 07-05-2015, 09:04:16 PM
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I have a bowens rototiller from the 70's. Its been worked yearly and Saturday decided to throw arod retire and break then block. I was thinking of putting on a new engine cause everything else works well. Can I replace a briggs 5 hp "old black one" with a newer honda 5.5. I have a 5.5 honda snowblower and the nicest engine I run. Very smooth. Any ideas if this would be easy swap? Mounting Bolts lining up, output shafts the same? Or just get another briggs?
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Put a new motor on an old worn out tiller? How much longer do you think that tiller is going to last? IF you want to go ahead, first check the gearbox, and all the bearings. Only then will you know.
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Thanks, interesting point.
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I'd keep using it until you can find a nice old Howard Rotavator to replace it with. They are worth every penny you put into fixing one!

Chris
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I can't answer your question directly, because I don't know how different the Honda mountings are from the Briggs. But I'm sure you can find a good-running 5HP Briggs for a good price on craigslist if you wait a while. There's plenty of 'em out there, and you could buy several of them for the price of a Honda. Doing this avoids the valid concerns expressed by others on this topic.

One BIG wrinkle to all of this is, does your tiller have a reverse running off a separate belt driven from the camshaft? I doubt you will find a Honda with that auxiliary output shaft, and most of the Briggs you will find won't have it, either. But if you find an otherwise good and cheap Briggs then find you can't do without the reverse, you can always swap the rear housing and camshaft and you're back to original .
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Chris: How did the one you got in Ma a little while ago turn out?
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These tillers were nearly bullet proof!
What model do you have? Any pictures?

I would suggest another briggs of that era to replace it with. Parts are still available for those engines.
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I do realize the reverse is going to be sacraficed. I never really used the reverse so I wasnt really concerned about it. I did however did buy a honda 5.5 gx160 engine for it. I have a couple and to me one the best engines I ever used. Quiet and powerful. I have a 5.5 on a honda snowblower snce 1988 and never had a problem , buffalo ny snow also. I did pick a great honda off of craigslist for 50 bucks. It was off a power washer, ran and looked great. Really interested to see how this honda will power the tiller. I will be busy this weekend, but starting next week itwill be a swap and find a pulley for the engine.

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