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does an open sheild or closed shield tiller go on a 67 B-12 Which one works better and do i get it for my Simplicity 700,B-12,Hb-212,or my 1996 Simplicity Sovereign and get a newertiller for it.thanks Joe

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Both styles were available for early B-series, using the separate tiller drive. The first ones made had a curved shield and no covers on the ends of the tines. The next model had a flat-topped shield and end covers. You can see examples in the Parts >> Tillers section. Bill is correct in that the closed ends will keep dirt from coming out the ends and leaves a slightly neater look. But, here in my New England rock garden, I keep the end shields off my flat-topped one, so I can easily get in there and dislodge the small rocks that inevitably get wedged between the tines and the shield. I find that that convenience offsets the slightly neater finish...

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MPH
I'll agree with Bill on the enclosed shield. Over the years of tilling spruce roots and willow bushes the sides on my troy built gave in to the abuse. I missed them, but didn't realize how much til I scored a new tiller attachment at an auction for 40 buck, kept the shield and sold the removelable style tines and gear box to guy I was bidding against for 25. Man needs more auctions like that one..MPH

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