Rear Mount Tiller

I have a used and old Stateman Rear Tine Tiller with a Briggs and Stratton 5.0 HP motor. The motor works fine and still strong but the tiller portion seems to be the problem. When ever I shift to (T) tiller gear, it won’t engage or will spin only a little bit with no power on it.(clutch is engaged). As soon as the tines hit the soil/grass it stops turning/cutting the ground and sometimes make a metalic crackling sound which seems to come from the tiller transfer gear. I have not yet opened the tiller mechanism portion but will soon. Please assist on where can I get replacement parts for this o
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Sounds like the worm gears are worn to the point they will not engage.

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Tiller: Why won`t my tillers wheels or tines turn? A broken drive belt, bad transmission or problem with the clutch cable can prevent a tiller`s wheels and tines from turning. Check the drive belt and replace it if it`s worn or broken.
Tiller: Why does my tiller turn the soil poorly? Worn or damaged tines, broken tine shaft clevis pins, a worn drive belt, a faulty transmission, a problem with the clutch cable, improper depth-stake setting or bad soil conditions can cause a tiller to do a poor job turning the soil.
One of the most common problems, especially because rototillers often sit unused for months, is stale fuel or a clogged carburetor. If you know you have fresh fuel, you can check for carburetor blockage by spraying a small amount of carb cleaner into the intake and attempting to start the engine.
You should change your tiller oil at least every spring, but ideally after every 50 hours of operation. Between oil changes, check your oil level before each use to ensure there`s enough oil present. Small amounts of oil may burn off during use, so you may need to occasionally top it off.
What is a Tiller? Put simply, a garden tiller is designed to break up hard, compact soil into loose, broken-up dirt that can then be used for planting.
Tillers can cut through smaller roots without much problem. The maximum size of roots that the machine can cut through depends on the tiller`s size and power, as well as the blades` size. However, running into overly large roots can stop, or even damage your tiller.
They are easier to use, especially with rocks or large roots involved, but they are not quite as maneuverable as the front tine tiller and may be difficult to get into some tight corners. The rear tine tiller will give you more control in general over the tilling depth as well as allow for straighter lines.
For a tiller with a bladed wheel, push the tiller forward while it`s in the ground. This will rotate the blades and till the soil. For a tiller without the wheel, twist the tiller as you pull it straight out of the ground.
It`s not a good idea to use a tiller immediately before planting. This is because tilling introduces many air pockets into the soil which can result in less than ideal seed germination.
The central component of any lawn tiller is the tines — the rotating metal blades that dig into the soil. The tines are sharp on the edge, but that isn`t the secret to tilling magic.
Forward and reverse tine rotary tillers operate exactly as described. Forward rotating tines, like those on the RT3062, rotate forward on the shaft in the same direction the tractor is traveling. Reverse rotating tines, like those on the RT3062R, rotate on the shaft in the opposite direction the tractor is traveling.
Rotary tillers break through a variety of soils to create a workable area for gardens and flowerbeds. After repeated use, the tines, or blades, dull and wear down. No matter what type or brand of tiller you own, these blades will need to be sharpened or replaced to keep your machine working properly.

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Tines wont turn
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Tines won’t turn
ANSWER : Possible broken key where crankshaft meets gearbox.

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MDT Tiller starts and runs but tines won’t turn
ANSWER : -Won out drive or driven gears.

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Need parts for sears 917.299858 shield,tine no longer available at sears
ANSWER : Then no longer available… need to rethink your need for this tiller

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ANSWER : Watch this video.

If everything is fine then replace parts necessary – parts breakdown:

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The tines work fine the tiller will not pull in foward or reverse
ANSWER : -Possibly wheel’s locking pin is broken or broken gear.

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ANSWER : The drain plug is generally located on either side of the engine near where the block bolts to the frame of the tiller. It can be a square headed plug or an allen socket head plug.

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The gears have locked up what is the problelm
ANSWER : Is the motor running and increasing power with movement of the throttle lever? If so then something is possibly caught in the worm gear mechanism.

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