Tiller: Poor tilling

Several problems can cause a tiller to do a poor job turning the soil. The soil must be moist enough that it forms a ball when you squeeze it in your hand, but dry enough that the ball falls apart when dropped. If the tines are worn, dull or bent, replace them. check the depth stake setting; an improper depth stake setting can make the tiller dig too deep or too shallow. A slipping drive belt or engine problem can also result in poor tilling. Try one or more of the following repairs to improve tilling results.

These repairs may help solve your Tiller problem:

Replace the tiller tines

Tines

The tines can bend or break if they hit a fixed object during cultivation. The can also get dull and wear out. Replace the tines if they are worn or damaged.

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Replace the tiller drive belt

Drive belt

The drive belt connects the engine pulley to the transmission to drive the wheels and tines on the tiller. A worn belt slips, resulting in poor tilling. Replace the belt if it is worn or broken.

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Adjust or replace the tiller clutch cable

Clutch cable

The clutch cable engages and disengages the drive system on the tiller. Test the drive system and adjust the clutch cable if necessary. If the cable is damaged or broken, replace it.

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Replace the tiller tine shaft clevis pin

Clevis pin

A clevis pin attaches the tines to the rotating tine shaft. The clevis pin is designed to shear off if the tines hit a fixed object while cultivating to protect the engine. Replace the clevis pin on the tine shaft if it breaks.

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Replace the tiller transmission

Transmission

The transmission controls the motion of the wheels and/or tines on a tiller. An internal gear failure in the transmission can prevent the tines from turning or the wheels from moving. Replace the transmission if it won’t drive the tiller components properly.

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