8.50 Torque Rating Rear Tine Tiller

Our Craftsman Reversing Rear tine Tiller won’t run in reverse auger mode.
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There may be either of the two problem with your device.

1) May be Belt is loose, With the engine Off check the belt is tighten enough when you turn your device into auger mode, I think belt need some adjustment.


2) Shear pin is broken, you need to replace it with new one.

Good Luck and have a nice day

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If the wheels on your tiller move but the tines don`t spin, you may need to replace tine shaft clevis pins or replace the transmission. The tiller`s transmission drives the wheels and the tine shaft, so you`ll likely need to replace the transmission when the wheels spin but the tine shaft doesn`t move.
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I own a 2 cycle mini tiller craftsman and I need a manual for it. I want to tune up tiller it’s blowing smoke.
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ANSWER : Sounds like you will need to clean your carburetor.
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ANSWER : -Won out drive or driven gears.

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