Chuck Zuck Digs Old Iron


Andrew WeidmanChuck Zuck Kneeling

Chuck Zuck (his last name rhymes with ‘book’) has a passion for acquiring and resurrecting old garden tillers, especially Rototillers. He loves the challenge of restoring a ‘basket case’ tiller to its former glory. One project was so far gone, the piston required a five-year oil bath and 6 tons of force to free it from the seized engine block, after the cylinder broke. That heartbreaker was a rare WWII era tiller, and, believe it or not, the story has a happy ending. A New Jersey friend supplied the parts needed to get the tiller back up and digging in the garden once again. You can see it run here.

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Chuck has worked on tillers since at least 1977, when he found a ‘for sale’ notice on a bulletin board at work, for a 450-pound monster of a tiller. The beast was huge, but the price was right, and Chuck loved its looks and its history. I suppose you could say the rest is history, as well. That monster tilled his garden for the next ten years, all 5,000 square feet of it.

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That might be what got Chuck started on tillers, but not on wrenching on things. That started much earlier. One of his earliest projects was the old 1947 Harley Davidson he bought after school. It wasn’t too long after that when he tore the thing down, rebuilt it, and gave it a new paint and chrome job.

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