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Ariens Model A Rototiller


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Old 06-20-2016, 10:09:28 PM
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Here is some pictures of a rare Ariens Model A Rototiller
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Here Are A few More pictures of a beautifully restored Model A!
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That is a beautiful piece of machinery! Ive long since dreamed about owning an Ariens A, B and C. Take a look at these factory images of a model A I found. Its hard to believe they did not have engine trouble with these machines. It sure looks like Ariens contracted Wisconsin to build special oil pans, and maybe oil pumps for their tiller engines.




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Thanks for the pictures, Terry. It was good talking with you this morning!
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Terry Hammer,

Thank you for the great, clear and informative pictures. They're almost as good as seeing that thing firsthand.

I hope my model B will look as nice one day. I'm surprised that this tiller had spring tines. I thought that, in the US, only the Graham-Paige/Frazer Rototiller had spring tines. The "B" has conventional "L" tines, or at least mine does.

Ariens must have learned things along the way. These tillers (the A, B and C) all had the center gearcase with the tiller shafts protruding driectly from that. These always manage to leave a small untilled strip in the center. But the later TA 20 and TA 28's had the gearbox up top and drove the tines with a chain mounted on the left side. No untilled strip with those.

And for whatever reason, neither the B or the TA28 have their snout pointing up to the sky as the ones in K-Tron's pictures do. He's right, oiling (and carburetion) could well be serious issues on those.
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Very nice!
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My B has spring tines.
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"My B has spring tines. "

Interesting. I wonder if this was something optional, or if the L tines superseded the spring tines? I'd offer my serial number but my machine has the tag missing so no joy, unless there's a second place where the number might be found (and I don't think there is). I do suspect mine is later machine, though, because the engine has a (cast iron) Zenith carburetor, and I believe it's more likely that the older one had what, Strombergs or Marvel-Scheblers on 'em. I could very well be wrong about this, though.
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Default Re: Ariens Model A Rototiller

Some observations:

I have 2 model B's as well as a TA-20 and a TA-28.
1 Model B came with spring tines and 1 with L tines.

The Model B leaves a small untilled section down the center but the TA models only till as deep as the the chain shroud allows.

The reason the nose of the model A is in the air is because it is tilling very deep, as it has no chain shroud on the side to restrict depth.
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