May 1, 2013

How to replace the tines on a front-tine tiller

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace the tines on a front-tine tiller

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the tines on a front-tine tiller. Dull or bent tines don’t do a good job of slicing into the soil, and they cultivate unevenly. If the tines are bent or dull, replace them with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Follow these steps to replace the tines on Craftsman, MTD, Poulan and Husqvarna front-tine tillers.

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Tools required
General-purpose grease
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less


  1. 01.

    Disconnect the spark plug wire

    Pull the spark plug wire straight up and off the plug.

  2. 02.

    Remove the clevis pins

    Remove the cotter pins from the clevis pins and slide the clevis pins out.

  3. 03.

    Remove the tines

    Slide the tines to the outside and off the tine shaft.

  4. 04.

    Clean and lubricate tine shaft

    Use sandpaper to remove rust and deposits from the tine shaft. Wipe the shaft with a cloth to remove sandpaper residue.

    Apply a thin coat of general purpose grease to the tine shaft.

  5. 05.

    Install the new tines

    Slide the new tine assemblies onto tine shaft.

    Line up the mounting holes in the tines with the holes in the tine shaft.

    Reinstall the clevis pins and secure the clevis pins with the cotter pins.

  6. 06.

    Reconnect the spark plug

    Reconnect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms common to all tillers

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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

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