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I've got an old Troy Horse model and have replaced the tines several times. Since they are so expensive, I've never thrown the old ones out, figuring that they could be used for something. I did give a few to a blacksmith friend of mine to make knives, but he has recently passed on from this world. So any good ideas out there for a project to use old tines?
 

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How much land do you till:question: My tiller is like 30 years old and still has the same tines never knew anyone who ever wore them out till now.:D
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The old bolens PTO tiller attachments for tractors had an uncondittional lifetime gaurantee on the tines, not that it matters anymore, but since troy-bilt was probably the biggest competiton for bolens pto or mustang stand alone tillers seems they would have matched the warranty.
 

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They are curved in both directions, a gentle curve trailing back from the direction of rotation and the last 3" is curved over in a hook shape to really slice across the bottom of the tilling depth.. I used to till gardens as a part time business and would go through a set about every 2 years. The 3" hook on the ends would actually wear away to a nub and it wouldn't leave that nice seed bed that Troy-Bilts are famous for. I haven't tilled for money in several years, but was getting the machine ready this spring and noticed I really need new tines. I want to do some gardens for a little extra money this spring to help pay for some toys I have found. Back in the old days, I'd probably do 50-75 gardens in a year, probably equal to 15-20 years of heavy homeowner use. I did that for 5 or 6 years and then tapered off to a few good customers until I moved to PA a few years ago.
 

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No new ideas on using old tiller tines? I guess I'll find a blacksmith in the area and give them to him. I bet over the years I've had the tiller, I've worn out 5 or 6 sets of tines, mostly because of the rocky nature of the local soil really beats the snot out of them. I recently saw some plowing pics of garden tractors in the mid west showing soil that looked like chocolate cake, with furrows over a foot deep with out a single stone in sight. Not even pebbles!! I've fantasized about soil like that, intead of the lunch box sized rocks I have to regularly deal with at home. And what makes it more frustrating is after picking out all the rocks, next year there will be "new" ones.
 

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got to love that the best crop growing is ricks, and weeds huh?:D :D


Sounds like the same shape as my Case tiller. How much do they cost new on yours? Last I priced the ones for mine they were a TON of money.
 

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The cheap imports are around $70 plus shipping on Ebay, the real deal from a dealer are around $140 a set. The pro models that came factory hard faced used to be available for over $200, but I don't know if they are still available, or at what price.
 

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Originally posted by bontai Joe
I've got an old Troy Horse model and have replaced the tines several times. Since they are so expensive, I've never thrown the old ones out, figuring that they could be used for something. I did give a few to a blacksmith friend of mine to make knives, but he has recently passed on from this world. So any good ideas out there for a project to use old tines?
You could use them in "Tough Man" frisbee competition.

No gloves allowed!
 

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Well its a little late now but I would say that you should have played with a welder and a lot of hard-face rod a long time back.
 

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Well if you were into sand casting and foundry work you could always use them for ploughs in a sand muller. I know of a few folks that have made mullers and utilized old tiller tines for the plows.

Matters not if pro series of tines are available or not. When I had my TB Horse, I had contemplated on buying a set of them as well, until I seen the price.....so about an hour later out of the shop emerged a set of hardfaced and ground tiller tines that lastd and lasted and lasted, and were till on the machine when I sold it years later. All it takes is a half decent stick welder and some hardface rods......they are easy to hardface and not hard to grind afterwards, and certainly a ton of money less than what they charge for them already done..........

I hardface the cutting edges of my bush hog, and also my push mower and JD GX335 blades. One of these days I am going to mill out a section on the JD's blades and braze in a solid piece of carbide insert. Sandy soil is terrible on tines, plows and blades.........but hardface or carbide is the solution.......

Even better solution is 2 passes with a stellite rod..........and never worry about them again............but stellite rods are pretty pricey but I have seen em go pretty cehap on ebay already......
 

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Originally posted by jbetts13
make metal art out of them
I think that's the best idea. I have a sailboat made from a window crank, part of a differential, and some other bits. Also a heron made from a pair of ice tongs and some pliers. The guy who made them is being recognized as an artist now he's dead, and people are starting to pay real money for them. The art gallery in Truro, our county seat, had a show of his work all summer.

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