Other vehicles – new shoes for the Howard 350

It was a barn find over a year ago. Original tractor tread type tires were flat and badly cracked. They pumped up ok and used the tiller for a season with those ancient Avons. Best substitute at a reasonable price (42 bucks a piece) were snowblower tires.

It’s a Howard 350, English made, with a Canadian made Kohler K141T engine. Apart from new tires I’ve:

– took apart carb and and fuel filter and ultrasonically cleaned

– took apart conical clutch and skimmed surface on lathe, trimmed friction band to fit better

– new oil in gearbox

– removed the spring loaded recoil start. It was breaking ropes and I just gave up after numerous attempts to fix. Simple rope start around crank now. Usually cold starts on about 2-3 pulls. Sometimes even one!

– cleaned and checked points

What’s needed:

– fix a brake shoe to clutch actuating lever to stop clutch freewheeling when clutch engaged ( still very usable without this)

– tear open gearbox to see why second gear ( highway gear ) , won’t stay engaged

– new clutch and throttle cables ( they work but ratty)

It’s a great, bit of a beast, rotovater.

Some clutch pics .

Pdf of manual


Pdf of parts list


Kohler engine manual


Oh and why not show the fekkin annoying recoil start assembly

  1. #1 by pilZpeter on April 3, 2020 - 9:32 pm

    1. greenwood canoe ==> ok

    2. cyclecart ==> ok

    3. what happened to ==> ¿ cervelo ?

    • #2 by albell on April 3, 2020 - 10:58 pm


      The cervelo was my friends, I think he has got a different one now. But I did just recently have my old Rossin repainted .

      Why no mention of the merc 190e to the right in the rotovator pic? I thought that would elicit a bit of teasing 🙂



    • #3 by albell on April 4, 2020 - 12:04 am

      Oh I still have canoe. And still plan on a cycle cart even though that project went sideways


  2. #4 by pilZpeter on April 4, 2020 - 2:10 am

    how the heck could i have missed a W 201?!
    you must know, i’m big bike fan. but, road bikes only.
    two triangles, two circles … simple and beautiful.

    • #5 by albell on April 4, 2020 - 9:58 am

      Yeah peter, simple and beautiful. That’s why bike component makers come up with the latest and greatest every year to complicate things 🙂

      The 190 might get some blog action sometime.



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