Ive owned thistiller for 2 years now, and it is being used in a landscaping buissness. I have had no hard starting because of one reason, when i recieved the unit, i immediatly changed out the non brand spark plug, which everyone must do in order to have a clean running reliable machine, the plug was switched out to a champion plug, which insures easy starting, and reliable performance. If you were to leave the plug in, like many people who do not know small engines very well, will have a very hard time keeping it running, and starting it. I have almost 30+ hours of runtime on this tiller, and let me tell you.. Its a great running machine. I encourage anyone who has perchased this tiller, to swap the spark plug out with a champion, NGK, or a bosch spark plug, which will ensure a cleaner running, easier starting, and rugged reliable engine. I have had no troubles with this tiller, it starts every 1st or second pull, and will run for hours on end if i want it to, thanks to the quality spark plug.
I had a 2000 version of this same model that I've used for over a decade with no problems. Today I'm out doing spring gardening, and the tiller throws a gear. No problem. I go down to Sears and proudly announce that I'm buying the same version of the tiller I purchased over a decade ago, and my garden has been faithfully serviced by Craftsman for a long time, and my rows are 10" wide because of it. I get the new one home, unbox, assemble, gas, adjust pants, pull, pull, starts right up. I take over to garden and proceed to start my spring ritual with my shiny new tiller. Runs for about 1 hour. and dies. Can't start, not even close. I've read the warnings about a new spark plug, but I can't imagine the new tillers are sent out with a 1-hour plug? I'm going to start the repair - replacement with Sears tomorrow, I'll update this thread to let you know how it goes. As of now, buy any other tiller but this one. It is a piece of shiat.
This is one of the best little tillers I have ever use. It is easy to get around plant, it is easy to cleans up a patch of weeds, it is light weight and very easy to start.
I am impressed with this product on the power. I started it after following instructions with oil supplied and fresh gas. I cut through a section of my lawn to later put in wildflowers. Did an outstanding job. Zipped through clay and sand and pulverized the grass that was located there. Better to buy than rent. I planted flowers and leveling sections of the backyard. Great investment.
Works great for flower beds and other light work. Didn’t try bigger jobs.
Bought this and used it same day. All new gas, used the synthetic oil it comes with. It started and idled fine at first. After using it for half hr at full speed, I released the handle and it died. No idle at all, just a "thunk" and done. Could not get it to restart. Waited till next day, did not start again. Emptied gas and restarted from scratch again. It started and idled. Tried to adjust idle higher but it increased very little. The adjustment screw will not allow much movement for idle pin. Ran another 20 min on high and had same issue. Died right there and wouldn't restart. Returned to store. I suspect that it would overheat and will not catch a spark while hot. Shouldn't have this type of problem being brand new. It also is very loud and in order to run tines sufficiently, it needs to be full blast. Also didn't like the throttle handle design, didn't want it full blast sometimes. Had to let out throttle and I have big hands and it hurt to let it off and hold it with other hand while still trying to maintain control.
mine runs but the gears are binding and the store i got it from went belly up sears doesnt want to replace it so i wont be buying from them again NO WONDER SEARS IS GOIN BROKE