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Now I Know I'm Not Getting Too Old

Howard was a  Sleeping Beauty
Slumbering in the dark recess of a shed was not the thing for Howard. He felt useless, discarded and uncared for. I woke him from his sleep last Autumn and after some maintenance, cleaning and a little tweaking he was as good as new, well almost. Late Autumn and over the Winter was the first time I had used a rotavator, preferring to use spades and forks up until then.

I have been informed that Howard is a (Batam) but I'm not yet fully convinced of that. Due to Howards' age most of his identifying marks have long since disappeared, except for some engine specifications on the side of his bodywork.

The carburetor was replaced along with the spark plug and a new throttle cable was added. The original tyres were completely perished and were discarded in favour of metal treads welded onto the wheels. The original tine guards corroded away many years ago and were replaced by pieces of aluminium bolted onto the bodywork.  Some of the tines will be replaced later this year, but at the moment, Howard is working well, starts first time and is a brilliant economical recycled workhorse.

I have been researching the Howard rotavators, on the internet but if anyone has any information they can enlighten me with, about the specifications of this particular model it would be much appreciated. 


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