This past Monday morning I came across an ad for an Ariens Jet Tiller on craigslist that the guy listed for 40 bucks. I called the guy and he said that he broke the pull start mechanism on it, and tried to repair it, but just did not have the patience to rewind the spring and the rope on the pulley. He said he already took 2 calls on it (ad was posted on Sunday night), and one guy was supposed to come and take a look at it Monday night.
I just shrugged it off thinking it wasn’t meant to be, and that was that.
Well, Tuesday morning my cell phone rings, and the guy called me back saying that the other guy that was interested was a no-show. I set up to go see the machine after work, and it was actually half way between my office and home, just taking the long way.
I have dealt with these pull start coils and rope before, so after giving him two crisp Jacksons (and getting a receipt to write off the equipment expense), it was in my truck on the way home.
Fixing the pull start took all of 15 minutes, and while the belt for the reversing function is missing and the various clutch linkages are wonky, this 1974 machine fired right up, and last night after work I turned 3 rows.
I am just so happy that the garden is actually going to happen this year, and happy that I got this machine pretty much donated to me.
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