I'm 2 months behind on getting my onions out, and almost 4 weeks behind on getting my taters in the ground. Today I took the time to start tilling my garden up and just as I was finishing up the second passover my tiller started blowing oil out, then smoke, and then all of a sudden the engine locked up. It happened fast. I started seeing oil spots on the fender and thought maybe it was starting to rain, but I couldn't feel anything hitting me. Just about the time I realized it was oil splattering on the fender, the engine started smoking. So I started to decrease the throttle control to shut it off and all of a sudden it died. I thought to myself, "Gosh, I hope the engine doesn't lock up!" I grabbed the pull rope and the engine is locked up hard. :grit: Just my luck! It's a troybuilt and I have had it since 94' without any problems. Last year I put a brand new carberator on it. And right now with my financial situation I don't think I could afford another troybuilt. I may have to buy me a cheaper made reartine tiller and hope it last me a while till better finances are available.