Many gardeners look to the Craftsman brand by Sears for sturdy tillers they can count on when preparing soil for the growing season. Over time, the tines may malfunction or fail to turn entirely, leaving the ground hard and clumpy after each pass. Get the Craftsman replacement parts you need to keep your tiller running smoothly at Sears PartsDirect.
An important step in tiller troubleshooting is ensuring that the stake is not set too deep, which can put stress on the tines and keep them from working properly. Adjust the throttle after setting the stake for shallow tilling, and take the tiller for a test run.
Replace the clevis pin
If the tines hit a fixed object during tilling, the clevis pin breaks off to safeguard the engine. Remove the tine shields to check the clevis pin. Replace the clevis pin if it's broken.
Check the tines
A tiller's tines wear down with extended use, which can lead to shallow tilling and poor performance. Remove a worn tine by unscrewing the tine shields, removing the cotter pin and clevis pin, and sliding the old tine off the shaft. Apply a thin coat of oil before installing the new tine so the sharp edge reaches the soil first. To maximize tilling efficiency inspect the tines after every 30 hours of tilling and before each season.