A Garden tiller

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609 Church Street, St. Johns, Michigan 78879

One day, my son Larry called and said that he had bought me something at his neighbor's garage sale. He said it was a garden tiller, and he thought I might like the engine, and that it might be worth the two dollars they were asking.

When he said 'tiller,' I pictured a rototiller, and didn't get too excited. I was real pleased when I saw what it was-a Planet, Jr., Super Tuffy, in pretty bad shape and very rusty, but all there.

I proceeded to free the valves, clean the gas tank and carburetor and repair the magneto. The motor ran pretty good, but smoked a lot. The belt and chain would not stay on due to worn bushings, which caused misalignment.

With a lot of time and elbow grease, new bushings, piston rings and a little paint, I think it's real cute. You never know what you might find at a yard or garage sale.