Model #917294480 CRAFTSMAN Rear Tine, Gas Tiller

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Q:

Rototiller Shuts Off Under Load or Is Slow 917.294480

A:

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I am sorry to hear of the issue you’re having with the starting the tiller. I know how frustrating that is.

This definitely sounds like a carburetor/choke issue. There could be an issue with the choke plate/valve or an internal blockage within the carburetor that is causing issue. I would start by performing a thorough cleaning of the carburetor and choke area.

I would pull the carb from the engine. With a full can of carb cleaner, a wire brush, and a bread tie wire to poke through and clean the main jet; I would recommend a very thorough cleaning. Start by taking off the float bowl. Douse it very liberally with carb cleaner, and undo the pin for the float, and remove the needle and float. Clean them very thoroughly with the wire brush and carb cleaner. Pay close attention to the seat the needle sits in and clean it well. Once clean, start brushing the carb bowl and body and make sure you get all the varnish out. It may take three or four brushings with carb cleaner dousing in-between. From there, take the straw of the carb cleaner and shoot carb cleaner through any little hole or passageway of the carb. Shoot out the throat of the carb and poke the main jet with the bread tie wire. You have to make sure you get everything the first time, if you leave anything behind, it’s likely to reclog once you have it reassembled. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 21, 2015
Q:

917-294480 Tiller runs and shifts but tines won't turn 917294480 Craftsman Tiller

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Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com and being a valued member. It is unfortunate to hear that you are having issues with your tiller and I do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. I'm looking at your model number 917294480 and from your description I would also suspect the chain may have snapped or came of the sprocket. You will need to open the transmission to determine of the chain in fact is damaged. Here is a link for a video that may help with additional troubleshooting. Just click the blue link above to be taken to the page. I trust this information will help you.

 

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
January 13, 2015
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craftsman rototiller 917.294480

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As far as the engine is concerned, the only lubricant used is the standard SAE 30 motor oil, so this Briggs may have two oil drain ports, which some Briggs engines support. The transmission of the tiller uses grease, so there wouldn't be any other lubricant used on the unit. I don't anticipate any issue and would refill the unit with the proper oil and capacity. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
November 06, 2014

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