Tiller articles

Learn how to take good care of your tiller and the soil it tills with these articles and videos from Sears PartsDirect. For more DIY advice, check out our tiller repair help section to read up on common symptoms and their causes, along with step-by-step repair instructions.


Articles and videos common to all tillers

December 28, 2018
Carburetor assembly for a Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter

This chart will help you find the right carburetor for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

December 28, 2018
Carburetor kit for Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

This chart can help you find the right carburetor kit for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

November 1, 2016
A guide to garden tillers.

Rear tine tiller or front tine tiller, what to know to help in choosing the correct one for your needs.

November 1, 2015
Tiller common questions.

These frequently asked questions might help you figure out what's wrong with your garden tiller.

Articles and videos for rear-tine tillers

June 1, 2016
Rear-tine tiller troubleshooting tips - wheels and tines.

See what to check if you're having a problem with the tines and wheels on a rear-tine tiller.

June 1, 2015
Tips for using a rear-tine tiller

See what depths to till at when using a rear-tine tiller.

Symptoms common to all tillers

Choose a symptom to see related tiller repairs.

Main causes: leaky engine head gasket, damaged sump gasket, damaged oil drain plug seal, loose or cracked fuel line, leaky carburetor seal
Main causes: broken shaft clevis pins, transmission failure
Main causes: worn or broken drive belts, bad transmission, clutch cable problems
Main causes: clutch cable problems, faulty transmission
Main causes: dirty carburetor, engine needs tune up, stale gas
Main causes: carburetor failure, bad gasoline, dirty spark plug, broken recoil starter
Main causes: damaged tines, broken clevis pins, worn drive belt, faulty transmission, clutch cable problems, improper depth-stake setting

Repair guides common to all tillers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your tiller.

May 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a tiller recoil starter

The recoil starter spins the engine when you pull the starter rope, and the rope retracts when released. If the recoil starter assembly is broken, follow the steps in this repair guide to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less