I have an older MTD Tiller.Model 215-385-004. It will be working fine and then the tines stop turning.

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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.
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.
Counter-rotating tines: Tines that move opposite to the rotation of the wheels. Counter-rotating tines dig in harder, making this feature perfect for breaking new ground, or dealing with hard-packed soil or clay. Forward-rotating tines: Tines rotate in the same direction as the wheels.
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.
When the “blunt” edge width measures 1/4″ to 3/8″, a new set is probably required. If the tines become so worn that they are pointed, the tiller will not perform acceptably–you`ll be aerating instead of tilling! For the most part, tines need to be replaced as a set (or kit)–not individually.
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.
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.
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.
Counter-rotating means one propellor per engine, with. each engine spinning the prop in opposite directions. Contra-rotating is two propellers on one engine, spinning in opposite directions by way of a gearbox.
A. Tiller blades are also known as tines. The tiller tine cultivates and moves through the soil. There are three types of tiller tines: Bolo, Pick and Chisel, and Slasher.
Remedy for Sprung Nib

To check the nib, hold the clean nib against the light. You should see a small slit of light passing through between the tines, and it tapers to the tip where it touches lightly. It may seem minor, but even a small air-gap at the tips will cause bad hardstarts.

The Nib`s Tines Have Split

Split tines are the most obvious sign that a calligraphy nib has reached the end of its lifespan. You`ll know that your tines are split because when you observe the nib from the side, you can distinctly see two tines instead of one.

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.
The rear tined tiller is the heaviest and most powerful tiller, and consequently the most expensive. 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.
On front-tined tillers, the gardener pushes down on the handles, which raises the spinning tines, to get the tiller from one place to another. When it`s in the right place, the front end is lowered and the tines dig in, pulling the machine forward.
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.

When the “blunt” edge width measures 1/4″ to 3/8″, a new set is probably required. If the tines become so worn that they are pointed, the tiller will not perform acceptably–you`ll be aerating instead of tilling! For the most part, tines need to be replaced as a set (or kit)–not individually.

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I have a Pro Hoe tiller with 4 cycle Honda engine. I just got started to till my garden plot when the tines stopped turning, like they were jammed. I stopped the engine and cleaned out the vines, string, etc that was wrapped around the tine shaft. It started right up, but the tines stop turning with slightest resistance. When I manually turn the tines it feels like something is grinding internally. Honda engine runs fine. I do not have a repair manual. Are they available. Does it sound like a transmission problem? Help! My seeds are waiting to get planted & sprout.
ANSWER : Must have burned the clutch, says to break it in slowly over a few uses.

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Tines wont turn
ANSWER : Without really knowing what is broken it will be tough to give a firm idea of the cost. However, you can head over to They have a great detailed parts break down and costs associated with it. Looked up your part numer and can find at this link:

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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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Tines turning, mantis 2 cycle tiller
ANSWER : Sounds like a piston seizure. are you using correct oil and ratio. carb could be going lean and causing the cylinder to over heat, adjust high speed mixing screw and hope no damage has resulted.

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

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Blades turn slow and dies out under load – Mantis 4-Cycle Tiller

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Engine runs, blades turn but mower will not move
ANSWER : Look in front of back tired on frame, not deck, there are. 2 rods, 1 on each side, rods look like a L, it’s going through a little eye opening, push it backards, mower should move. If rod is pulled through opening and locked in, mower will not move..its a safety. Feather on mower

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19 h.p. kawa mowing and motor stopped. Will not turn over at all. PTO was engage when shut down
ANSWER : See if it vapor locked pull plugs out and turn it over without them in if works put plugs back go on down the road and mow

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