Model #917298580 CRAFTSMAN Front Tine, Gas Tiller

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Tiller Model# 917.298580

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Hi, If you scroll to the top of the page click on the "manuals" button then enter your model number and your owners manual will come up. Another suggestion that I have is to visit SearsHomeServices.com I have attached the two links below. Hope this helps!

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Salina L -
July 27, 2010
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I've called Sears Home Services, as well the repair shop in Dallas where they send all their equipt for repairs & was told they don't add lubricant or change the transmission lubricants, instead replace the entire transmission when needed. While the transmission pieces can not be purchased, the bearings & seals can. The transmission has a right hand leaking seal, but I'd like to know the type of lubricant to put back into it

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TorqueMonstr -
July 27, 2010
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Due to the age of this machine (I'm showing 1972-73 range) parts and information are hard to come by. Since the tiller was new American Yard Products has changed hands and finding out information on products that age is still quite hard to find.

All that being said, I checked around and actually found someone that owned the same model series of tiller as yours. He was able to tell me for sure that the transmission will take 80w90 gear oil.

You can go to pretty much any auto parts retailer and pick it up. Any brand will be fine and if all that have it a synthetic, that will work as well.

This is a classic tiller and we just don't see many of them anymore. I'm glad you still have yours and are taking the time to keep it in service.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
July 28, 2010
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Tiller mod# 917298580, How do you remove the outside tines. I've tried heat w/puller & 3 lb hammer. Are they pressed on ?? I need to replace the seals

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Hello, whenever I need to buy an item or part for an appliance I go onto the Sears Home Services website. I have attached the link below if you are interested in viewing the site while waiting on your response from an expert. Hope this helps!

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Alina F. -
July 17, 2010
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Based on the model number you provided your tiller was made in 1987 and it would not be at unusual for the tines to be rusted on the shaft with no rust exposed to the naked eye. The tines are not pressed on and are only held on with the shear pins. At this point I would recommend heating the shaft to where it is almost cherry red, being careful not to burn your self, and try to drive the tines onto the tiller and then drive them off. This will break them loose. If that doesn't work you may have to go to extremes and cut the shafts. Then replace the shafts and tines, but that is the worst case scenario. unfortunately most of those parts are No Longer Available.

I hope this helps.

If I can be of further assistance please feel free to submit any questions you have along with the specifics.

Thanks for using Manage My Life.

Ed R.

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Ed R. - Personal Solutions Manager -
Sears Technician
July 19, 2010
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Ed, I appreciate all the info. Can you tell me as well what type of lubricant the transmission requires. I spoke with a friend this weekend who has a shop that deals in heavy equipt. & he says he's certain he can remove the tines. I was told this weekend as well that many times the rust is so find it's not easyily seen, & it's almost like an electrolosys that bonds the shaft & tine together

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TorqueMonstr -
July 20, 2010
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