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Why won't the tines on my craftsman tiller turn?

I have a Craftsman rear tine tiller, Model # 917.295652. When I engage the tines and put the tiller in drive, the wheels will turn, but the tines will not. I have checked the shear pins and they are ok. Previous to this the tines used to disengage while I was tilling. The wheels would still turn but the tines would just stop. I am assuming it is something inside the transmission. Is there a belt or something that is easily accessible?

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Craftsman , Tillers & Cultivators
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It ended up being the shift arm that was broken/stripped. I received the part today and got it installed and everything put back together. However, now no matter what position I move the shifter to (T,F,N,R) it always goes forward. So frustrating. I suppose I'll tear back into it tomorrow to see what is going on. Any ideas?
by Manage My Life
May 17th, 2010
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The wheels turning indicate the drive belt and pulley on the transmission are turning. As you indicated this means something inside the transmission is not driving the tine shaft.

There is nothing that is easily accessible to check or repair.

To repair the tiller, you will have to remove the transmission from the tiller and open it up. There is a roller chain inside the transmission that drives the tines. This chain might be broken or a sprocket might be stripped.

You can see a parts diagram of the transmission at [searspartsdirect.com].
by Manage My Life
May 6th, 2010
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