Tools and Stuff forum: Jacobsen 325 chain drive rototiller

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Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
Aug 31, 2016 7:12 PM CST
I gave away some money last year, gal with 3 kids had gone thru a divorce and I helped her get that first months' mortgage payment together. She gave me a Jacobsen 325 chain drive rototiller that had obviously never been out in the rain. Said it ran.

I just spent today with it, put clean oil in the crankcase, (per directions on gas tank actually) siphoned out the old gas, put in fresh with a conditioner for ethanol, and got it a fresh spark plug

I can't get it started, compression feels about right, my right shoulder feels about wrong, and to be honest I do not need this tiller, I have been here 15 years, short of buying more land, I can do what I need to do with a spade. I think it needs a carburetor rebuild, and eventually I might be able to come up with a kit. Does anyone have any experience with these? seems to be an antique? 3HP Briggs engine. I do not have the eyes for a carb rebuild or money to throw away. But I am not taking it to the junk yard either.

In my experience, I put my old pressure washer with a Briggs up against any new one I've bought to such an extent that I will have the engine on it rebuilt or replaced this winter. New ones never last a year, this one is 7 years old.
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Name: harry
houston Texas (Zone 9a)
Sep 11, 2016 11:14 AM CST
last time I needed carb work on an old B&S I found the kit & a new carb on eBay, price was real close so I went with the new carb & it worked out great. Having owned in the past a front tine tiller I run from them now, but bet its fun to get going use a bit, maybe resell.
still using a Craftsman garden fork my father bought in 1942, for his victory garden.
Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
Sep 14, 2016 8:48 PM CST
if I can resell it without getting it going, it is a goner

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