Need replacement suggestions for Craftsman 6.5 HP RT tiller

Ankeny, IA(Zone 5a)

Our 4 yr old Craftsman 6.5 HP rear tine tiller blew a few valves and needs to be replaced. When we originally got this tiller, we thought it would be about to handle anything we threw at it, but didn't. Luckily we were just finishing up the spring tilling when it bit the dust, and won't need something ASAP.

We are looking for something of equivalent size, if not larger, with rear tines, & larger motor. DH is currently looking at the larger Troy Bilts. Does anyone have a larger, newer Troy Built, and if so, what are your thoughts on them?

Thanks in advance!

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

I bought a slightly used Troy Built 8HP tiller in 1987, I think. It still hums along, doing it's thing. I've had to fix a thing or two no & then. It has a Kohler engine. A screw from the carburetor came out & got in the cylinder & made a mess. Because of the type of motor, it was repairable. As far as the tiller itself, replaced the belt once, and a spring. Tines are another item, I used it so much I have wore out 8 sets of tines & they are reversible! It's sitting in the shed waiting for this April winter to go away so it can work another year.
By the way, I used to have 18 acres of garden, cut back to 5 acres a few years ago.
Bernie

Humansville, MO(Zone 6a)

I put a new 6.5 overhead valve brigs on my troy built and it is doing as good of a job as ever i wasn't lucky enough to get one with the 8 horse Kohler on mine it had that 7horse that they used for a number of years was near as good of an engine

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

You can buy the Kohler 8 HP at Northern Tool.
http://www.northerntool.com/
Last time I looked it was around $600.
Bernie

Ankeny, IA(Zone 5a)

DH ended up finding another Briggs motor to replace the one that bit the dust. The body of the tiller was fine. I'm not sure what was different between the new motor and the old one, but he said he thought the new motor ran better then the old one.

Thanks for the tips and advise!

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