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.
Disconnect the spark plug wire
Pull the spark plug wire straight up and off the plug.
Remove the clevis pins
Remove the cotter pins from the clevis pins and slide the clevis pins out.
Remove the tines
Slide the tines to the outside and off the tine shaft.
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.
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.
Reconnect the spark plug
Reconnect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.
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