May 1, 2013

How to replace the tines on a rear-tine tiller

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

Damaged, dull or bent tiller tines don’t dig into the soil well and won’t cultivate uniformly. This step-by-step tiller repair guide gives instructions on how to replace the tines on a rear-tine tiller, using the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use this repair guide to replace the tines on Craftsman, Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, Poulan, Snapper and MTD rear-tine tillers.

Quick links
Tools required
Pliers
General-purpose grease
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect the spark plug wire

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

  2. 02.

    Remove tine shield end cover

    Remove the wing nuts that secure the side shield to the end cover and remove the side shield.

    Remove the wing nut at the top of the tine shield end cover.

    Pull the tine shield end cover off.

    Remove the side shield wing nuts.

    Remove the side shield wing nuts.

    Remove the side shield.

    Remove the side shield.

    Remove the wing nut at the top of the tine shield end cover.

    Remove the wing nut at the top of the tine shield end cover.

    Pull the tine shield end cover off.

    Pull the tine shield end cover off.

  3. 03.

    Remove the tines

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

    Pull the tines straight off the end of the tine shaft.

    Tip: Repeat the tine removal procedure on the opposite side of the tiller if replacing both sets of tines.
    Remove the cotter pin from the clevis pin.

    Remove the cotter pin from the clevis pin.

    Slide the clevis pin out.

    Slide the clevis pin out.

    Slide the tines off the end of the tine shaft.

    Slide the tines off the end of the tine shaft.

  4. 04.

    Clean and lubricate the tine shaft

    Use sandpaper to remove rust and deposits from the tine shaft and then 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 tines onto the tine shaft.

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

    Reinstall the clevis pin and secure it with the cotter pin.

  6. 06.

    Reinstall the tine shield end cover

    Position the tine shield end cover on the tine shield and secure it with the top wing nut.

    Position the side shield on the end cover and secure the side shield using the wing nuts.

  7. 07.

    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.

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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: dirty carburetor, engine needs tune up, stale gas
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
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Main causes: damaged tines, broken clevis pins, worn drive belt, faulty transmission, clutch cable problems, improper depth-stake setting

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