12″ Tiller Briggs 900 Series Engine HVL FT900

How to Identify and Fix Common Gardening Problems ?

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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.
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.

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.
Avoid tilling in wet soil as soil compaction can occur and lead to poor root penetration in the growing season. If it rains, it`s best to wait a few days to allow soil to become semi-dry.
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.
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.
A PTO-powered rotary tiller uses a set of curved tines attached to a rotating shaft that is powered by your tractor`s PTO to dig into your garden soil, churning it into a fine, essentially clod-free seedbed. You can adjust the working depth of your tiller by adjusting the skid shoes.
A powered tiller or cultivator will make removing grass or sod easier. While purchasing power equipment will add to your total cost, choosing the right tool may save you time and labor.
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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After a few weeks of no use, my tiller started on the first or second pull but even after long warm up, it stalled as soon as I trottled up. This happens even on the stand with no resistance/load. The machine is not jammed–the tiller blades turn while the machine is idling. It just dies as soon as I try to work.
ANSWER : Hi there,Sometimes the gas filter in the gas tank gets plugged. Here are some instructions that will help.http://mantis.com/mantis-owners-manuals.asp Thank You for choosing FixYa.com and good luck.

Engine will crank with starting fluid, but dies.
ANSWER : Have you checked the spark plug and see if its clean and also check the fuel line and carburetor for clogs. And you can also check the air filter.

Hope you find this helpful.

Does not run, will start with starting fluid – Mantis 2-Cycle Tiller
ANSWER : You should never use starting fluid on this model.

Add a couple of ounces of 100% acetone (available at Walmart) to some fresh fuel. Attempt to start for several pulls. Let sit for several minutes and repeat until it sounds like it wants to run.

Then watch this video and do it:

http://www.alamia.us/mantis_parts_s/148.htm

My mantis tiller with a honda gx22 engine starts then shuts off after approx. 30 sec.
ANSWER : If your unit has a primer bulb, start your engine . When it starts to die push your primer, if the engine comes back to life you have a carb issue.

Engin runs fine at idle but stalls out at high idle and wont rev up.
ANSWER : Hi 5flash… Get an assistant and a can of starter fluid. Remove the air cleaner and spray some starter fluid into the air intake. Start it up and spray the starter fluid as you move it to high idle, repeat until it works properly. Joe

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My Mantis Tiller won’t start and there is grinding type noise when I try and start it. I recently did some very lengthy trench digging over a period of about 2 months.
ANSWER : It sounds like the clutch springs may be overheated and the clutch shoes rub while you try to start it.If you loosten the screw that holds the engine to the gear box you can try to start it without the clutch and see if that is it.Good luck

Wont start flooding – Mantis Tiller
ANSWER : Iwould start out by checking to make sure you have spark. If you do you likley have a fuel problem. have you ever replaced the carbureator or had it rebuilt?

Tines continue to work with out touching safety or throttle. they engage as soon as I start the engine.
ANSWER : Remove H (high) L (low) plastic caps to allow you to further adjust the flow and you will be going. H (red) further out about 11 threads exposed and L (low) about 8 exposed; adjusting the low side will stop the tines, but remove tines before making any adjustments, thanks