Model #917294271 CRAFTSMAN Rear Tine, Gas Tiller

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Q:

What year(s) were 917-294271 tillers built?

A:

Thank you for your question.

  • This model was built in 2005
  • To get an exact date the first six digits of the serial number will tell you when it was built.

  • Example 021505B0001534 Would tell you that it was built February 15th 2005, the letter just stands for the assembly line and the rest of the number is units built that day.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
July 31, 2010
Q:

I have a tiller model 917294271. I used it once and stored inside. It is stuck in neutral, the transmission won't engage. Could moisture have entered the transmission box and frozen?

A:

It is possible that moisture has frozen inside the transmission. I would warm the tiller for 24 hours and try again. You didn't mention if the tiller engine is running.

You should warm the tiller, crank the engine and let it run 5-10 minutes, and try to engage the transmission. I think it will be fine when it thaws out.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
Q:

Craftsman rear tine rototiller transmission problem

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having problems with the new transmission on the tiller. There is not any kind of adjustment in the shifter. I recommend removing the hairpin in the shifting rod and disconnect the shifter from the transmission. Then see if you can manually shift the transmission in to forward tilling. If it does, the problem is most likely a bent shifter rod. If the transmission will not shift into gear, the problem is a defective transmission.

I hope this is helpful.

Please let me know if you have questions, I will be happy to answer them.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 18, 2010

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