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I have an old stile mantis tiller. there is a screw holding clutch drum on . what direction does it turn to come off. cant turn it either way.

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Try a bit of lube spray and then a bit of heat. It will come good if you know what direction the clutch drum spins. It will be the opposite way. Perservere it will come off.

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