Model #917298350 CRAFTSMAN Front Tine, Gas Tiller

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need some parts 917298350 Craftsman 5 h.p. tiller

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

Based upon Briggs engine model 130202-3256-01, I show the fuel pump diaphragm as part number 270026. It calls it a carburetor diaphragm, but it is for the fuel pump. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 04, 2015
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tiller 917-298330 carburator problem

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Hey Jim. Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com. 
Sorry to hear of the issue you're having with the tiller's carburetor, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.
I don't suspect the adjustment is the cause for the carburetor issue. The carburetor adapter between the carburetor and the engine might be leaking air. Check the fit and tightness of the adapter and gaskets.

Outside of the adaptor and gaskets, you could have an internal carburetor issue with a partially blocked fuel jet.
The reason an engine will run on choke and die when the choke is disengaged is that the main jet is stopped up in the carburetor and the carburetor is not drawing enough gas to keep running when the air supply is open.
I would recommend pulling the carburetor, check the adaptor and gaskets for proper seal or any visual defects, and then do a very thorough cleaning with a full can of carb cleaner, a wire brush, and a bread tie wire to poke through and clean the fuel jet.
You have to make sure you get all the varnish out the first time, or the fuel jet will clog up again from dislodged varnish from the cleaning. Wire brush any varnished areas, and then douse liberally with carb cleaner. If you have an air compressor, they are valuable for carb cleanings as you can shoot compressed air into the main jet, crevices, and air passageways to clear any blockages. Again, douse liberally with carb cleaner. 
I would start there and see if there is any improvement. Don't forget to put the adjustment screw back to factory settings. 
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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 26, 2014
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I'll try your suggestion. How many turns out from closed is the factory setting? How can I get a copy of the out of print manual for this tiller? Jim

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JIM -
June 26, 2014
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Thanks for the response. I wasn't able to locate your model specific manual, but I did locate one that's from a similar model with a larger engine (5hp), but the carb adjustments will be the same. The carb adjustment is located on page 17. It's a small process to get it dialed in from a preliminary setting of all the way clockwise and then 1 1/2 turns out (counterclockwise), and then final adjusting with the engine running. To help you out, I have provided a manual link below that will walk you through it on page 17. 

Owners Manual for Model 917298350

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 26, 2014
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Can't access bolts to remove carb from block. But removed diaphragm cover looking for main jet. Where is it? Is it pictured in manual w/part #? Looking at diaphragm as mounted,in upper right,there appears to be a flapper valve,it is frayed. Could this be why engine will only run on choke? No varnish seen from dia opening. How to proceed? Jim

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JIM -
July 01, 2014
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Thanks for the response Jim. The main jet will be located within the throat of the carburetor. I am fairly confident that is where the issue is stemming from. However, if the diaphram looks worn it should be replaced. With the engine only running on choke, it indicates the carb is starving for fuel and would more than likely be a partially blocked jet. 
Due to the age of the tiller, I do not seem to have access to the engine model number. The engine model will be near the muffler or if the spark plug is in front, stamped into the valve cover. Either way, it should be engraved onto the engine, typically not on a decal of any sort. 
Once you identify the engine model, you can plug that into SearsPartsDirect.com to view the engine parts and exploded view. The carb will need to be removed from the block in order to do a proper cleaning, so you may need to disassemble some related components to gain access to the screws. Once you have the engine model, you can Google it to find a repair manual or the like that may help you with disassembly.
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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 02, 2014
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On p26 of manual U sent me ,part 127 is: plug welch. This part is at the end of the carb.if it can be removed,perhaps the main jet can be accessed?? If so how can plug be removed?

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JIM -
July 02, 2014
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Thanks for the response Jim. You're right, this type of carb is a little more intensive then most. I was able to find a pretty good visual of a similar carb for cleaning and visual reference which I have linked below. Typically the welch plugs wont need to be removed. Based upon the visual linked below the main jet is located on the smaller pick-up tube. 

Carburetor Visual Breakdown For Cleaning

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 02, 2014
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How do I search for the carborator replacement for the 5 hp Briggs & Stratten engine that is used on this model? Mine is so gummed up it should be replaced. 917298350 Craftsman 5 h.p. tiller

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Sorry to hear of the carburetor issues you are experiencing, I know how frustrating that is to have occur. You're right, sometimes it makes more sense to replace than rebuild or clean due to excessive varnish within the carb.
When you need any engine related part such as the carburetor, air filter, or spark plug, you will want to enter the engine model number into SearsParts versus the tiller model. In this case, I see the engine being used is a Briggs & Stratton with an engine model of 130202-3256-01.
Based upon the engine model, I see the carburetor part number as 492611. For convenience, I have provided a blue link below that you may click on to be directed to the SearsPartsDirect site to view and purchase it when needed.

Carburetor Assembly for Model 130202-3256-01

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 24, 2014

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