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

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
May 6th, 2010

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?

Craftsman , Tillers & Cultivators
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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 [].
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May 6th, 2010
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