und. pull rope would not turn the flywheel. took pull rope assay off and fly wheel hard to turn by hand. took off grease cover and grease was low.
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I have a similar problem, found the transmission to be jamming up in a certain spot. You can get a replacement transmission or parts on EBay

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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.
If the rotary tiller still doesn`t start:

Check that the fuel tank isn`t empty: if necessary, add fuel. The fuel must be fresh, of good quality and clean: make sure that no dirt, water or incompatible fuel (such as petrol-oil mixture, if the engine is a 4-stroke) gets into the tank.

A garden tiller is a lawn and garden tool that loosens soil and chops up weeds, roots or any plants present on the soil surface. Garden tillers come in manual and motorized varieties, with various levels of horsepower. For cutting roots, you will need a motorized tiller with a 3 to 8 horsepower motor.
If a mechanic has diagnosed your engine as seized, unfortunately, there are few options readily available to you. Depending on the severity of the damage, most mechanics will suggest a complete replacement rather than attempt a repair.
Rear tine tillers are excellent machines for the kind of work that needs to be done when starting a large new garden plot: Breaking hard ground. Loosening hard or rocky soil. Digging large gardens or small farm plots.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Using an undersized cord, a larger number cord gauge (AWG) than recommended in the chart, will cause a loss in power and overheating of the tiller.
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.
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.
Place a large bar in the flywheel and gently rock back and forth to loosen. If this doesn`t work – or if you are uncomfortable with placing a pry bar in the flywheel – try putting the tractor in a high gear and rocking the rear tires back and forth.
Engine seizure is caused by overheating or lack of lubrication. Without oil, the engine`s moving parts will no longer move smoothly against each other, and the engine will overheat. The first symptom may be a loss of engine power. You may also notice a change in the engine`s sound.

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Tiller seems locked up. was tilling in recently dead lawn from round up
application and was getting lot of build up of dead roots and wet ground. pull rope would not turn the flywheel. took pull rope assay off and fly wheel hard to turn by hand. took off grease cover and grease was low.
ANSWER : I have a similar problem, found the transmission to be jamming up in a certain spot. You can get a replacement transmission or parts on EBay

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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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10 year old Toro 2017 lawnmower, suddenly stopped while cutting grass. Oil quite low. Cannot pull cord more l than few inches.
ANSWER : When you pull the cord does it hit a hard stop and not go any further or does it get really difficult?

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Hard to pull starter rope. It doesn’t pull smoothly. hard to pull.
ANSWER : Take the spark plug out–does it pull smoothly now? If not, the pull cord may be the wrong size or it is damaged and/or doesn’t rewind correctly. Does the machine have a compression release? If so, it may be plugged with carbon. With the spark plug out, pull the engine through several times briskly with the throttle open and the choke off to expel any excess fuel from the crankcase. Hope some of this helps!

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Chain saw won’t start – pull starter pulley hard to pull?
ANSWER : If it worked fine the last time you used it, then pull the spark plug and try pulling the rope. See if it’s easier or if gas shoots out of the plug hole. I’ve seen this happen when the diaphram in the carb goes bad from sitting over winter. It loads up the cylider with fuel and makes it very difficult to pull the rope. If there is no fuel in the cyliner and it’s still hard to pull, make sure there is nothing binding the clutch/sprocket. I’ve had chucks of wook lodged in there that caused it to bind the crank output, which resulted in a hard pull on the rope as well.

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When I pull the cord, the string is hard to pull and recoils out of your hand about half way through the pull
ANSWER : Sounds like you have two problems. One the flywheel brake is not being released completely and second the flywheel key has been sheared. It is why the rope is being jerked out of your hand. The mower is out of timing and when the spark plug fires before it is suppose to, it jerks the rope out of your hand.

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Starter rope hard to pull on mantis tiller
ANSWER : Sounds like your engine may be seized up. Mine did the same thing and I had to replace the block. If any dirt gets past the air cleaner or if your fuel mixture isn’t right it won’t take long to lock it up. If you need info on where to find parts, let me know. Good luck.

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Lawnmower front wheels are locked
ANSWER : Take it apart and clean it. Grass and oil can easily clog any lawn equipment. Is it belt driven? If so turn the belt with your hand the way it would normally rotate. Follow the belt to the engine and clean the rotor if that doesnt work.

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