Post by SpringRain on Jan 28, 2019 10:16:14 GMT -5
My father has an old Frazer rototiller that we had hoped to sell before his death last year. Now I need to move this task to the top of the list as someone in his neighborhood has complained, and Code Enforcement has issued a citation. (One of the neighbors complains to me every time I see her; there's always something she dislikes about the yard.)
I've worked with the CE staff in Dad's area before; they're former law enforcement and are very understanding, cooperative and helpful (unlike those in my community). So I'm working on a good plan for everyone. The tiller was special to Dad, and I'd like to find a good home for it. It's kind of neglected and needs some attention.
It's probably this model: www.zucksrototillers.com/FrazerHistory.html
oliverman, I'm interested in your perspective as a commercial farmer. And James, I know you have a large farmed area as well. Would this be something someone with a smaller farm might want? Or would the newer tillers be preferable?
There are large farms in mid Michigan, but I think this tiller would be too small for them.
I've found some old tractor/tiller forums, and will post there if I can find some that are more active than the ones that haven't had any posts for years. I'm still searching.
There are two other possibilities: there's are 2 old farms about 10-15 miles from my father's house. One is only a demonstration farm, hosting different displays of old tractors and farm implements and special activities periodically during the growing seasons. Another is both, with enough acreage to need a tiller but not a large tractor.
Another possibility is the Henry Ford Museum, with an extensive collection of old everything: old trains, old cars, carriages, washing machines, and more.
Dad's tiller hasn't been used probably since the early 1980s, so there would be some repair work required to get it running. I don't know if the gas was ever drained, so that might be an issue as well.
Last resort is to just junk it. I've contacted Purple Heart about some of the other unwanted items in the yard, but I hadn't raised the issue of tillers.
I do have a few contractors, including one who demolished an old shed a few years ago. So that's the fall-back option. Still, that old tractor has some good memories; it helped us create large and productive gardens for many years, and I'd like to find a good home for it.