Model #358792410 CRAFTSMAN Cultivator

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CRAFTSMAN TILLER GEAR WORN

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It is great you are handy enough to fix things once you get the right parts. This is a good place to get the kind of expert help a handyman can appreciate. I would suggest adding the complete model number of the tiller to help the expert provide the best information from available resources. I am sorry the parts information so far has not been helpful but the expert will be able to tackle this problem with you. The expert answers usually take two business days if not sooner.

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Barbara H. -
April 21, 2012
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Thank you for your question and concern on the gears of the tiller.

Most gear driven tillers no matter the brand have gears that are steel on the worm gear and brass on the large gear. This has been industry wide for 40 years or more.

If the seals stay intact and the lubrication is kept full in the gear box they will last for years. As with a lot of manufactures of this type of equipment they have unitized the parts so that the average person can easily change the whole gear case instead of replacing the gears and seals.

In looking at your question is this a tiller attachement for a string trimmer?

Without the model or stock number of the tiller I can only suggest that you replace the whole gear box.

I apologize that the tiller gear box did not last as intended Please provide me with the model number of your tiller and I will be happy to research this for you.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
April 24, 2012
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Model 358792410, Then why did it fail? Was it cast brass not FORGED like the other 39 Years of this design? (I have a degree in metallurgy. ) Grease was full and not contaminated and old gearbox in discontinued, admittance of a design flaw... don't you think. The replacemnt gearbox is 75% of the total cost of a new unit???

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robert -
April 25, 2012
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Thank you for the update. I will have to defer to your knowledge of metallurgy. The regular front tine roto-tillers have had the brass gears for all those years, however when we are talking about a light duty flower bed tiller attachment to a string trimmer this is a different application and all I know is that the one I have had for the last 12 years and have used in my garden in raise bed rows has given me no problems. All I can think of is that they may have changed the metal that they made the gears out of since I have purchased mine unit. I am sorry that this product has not held up for you but I have no way of proving one way or another that it is a design flaw. I have not personally seen a lot of failure of these units but then how many people use these tillers that much. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
April 26, 2012
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Actually there is, it's called a Rockwell hardness test, Brass: HRB 55 (Low brass, UNS C24000, H01 Temper) to HRB 93 (Cartridge Brass, UNS C26000 (260 Brass), H10 Temper) If the gear was not at least a value of HRB 65 it should not have been used for a gear. Proving planned obsolesce is grounds for claims or a law suit where liability is concerned. BUT we live in a disposable world (''Quality' is omitted from the vernacular ) where integrity and commitment to service is hard to find. Business today is Mostly Greed-motivated people who operate for profit,.... no holds barred. More later

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robert -
April 26, 2012
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Good Morning Robert. I am in the process of seeing if I can help you with this problem on the tiller attachment. Yes, I am aware of the Rockwell harness test. I will contact you soon, after I hear back from the vendor source of this product. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
April 27, 2012
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Like lots of other consumers, I have a Craftsman tiller attachment (for a string trimmer) with a worn gear. I have decided to purchase the required gearbox to repair this problem. I am wondering if there are some things I could do to extend the life of this poorly designed gear. In an earlier post, Sam mentioned keeping it lubricated. It is packed with heavy solid grease but over time the gear has carved out an open area inside the gearbox. I am wondering what effect I would have on the new gearbox if I were to inject some lighter, more oil-like grease into the gearbox before I install it. Would that help to keep it lubricated and potentially prolong its life? Can I do anything to delay the wear on the gear teeth?

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Jeff -
April 14, 2013
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Same problem here... the brass gear inside of the gear box. Can JUST the gear be replaced? Did anyone ever get an answer?

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cbrockfan -
May 19, 2013
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Hello, same thing happened (I thnk) to my wolf garten c 32 b 4 stroke tiller. I am going to order a new gear box however I cannot get the circular teeth blades off (?Tines?). The outer ones are removed by removing a locking pin. The inner ones will not budge! ....Many thanks, Adam

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adam -
July 02, 2015
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how much oil goes in the gearbox? 358792410 Craftsman Cultivator attachment

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

This gear box is not meant to be serviced. However, if you have already taken it apart and if it had oil in it, the oil type would be 80W90. If it had grease, it would be high temp and high pressure type grease.

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
December 21, 2014
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Thanks Jeff. I appreciate the information. The member needs to know how much oil would go into the gear case as we have advised what type of oil would be used. Thanks.

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alan -
December 22, 2014
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cultivator quit working normally

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The cultivator is a great garden tool. It can be very frustrating that the cultivator was working and stopped all of a sudden. I found some information for you that I am hoping will help you get the cultivator working again. I am adding the link below to help you with your question while you wait for your expert response. It may take 24-48 hours. I do hope this will help you out.

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Marc H -
May 09, 2012
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Hello Chad,

I'm sorry to hear that your cultivator has stopped working. A quick test is to remove the lower section of the drive shaft at the quick disconnect and turn the tines by hand while gently holding the inner cable with needle nose pliers. Be careful not to crush or deform the cable with the pliers though. If the cable does not turn when you turn the times by hand, I would inspect the cable (part 14 in diagram) and replace it if worn or damaged. If the cable is ok, remove the gearbox and inspect it's output that the cable engages with.

I have attached a diagram of the cultivator assembly below.

Here is a direct link to parts for your model at Sears Parts Direct .

If the issue is in the upper part, or elsewhere, let me know, I would like to assist you with anything that I can .

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
May 16, 2012
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