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Where do you set the whells so tiller doesn't dig trench & I have to lift it out?

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You have to pull these machines toward you. They don't work the way that you think they should. hope this helps you...

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If its not self propelled you must push it tynes only dig they dont pull the machine forward a self propelled means it has wheels on the back of unit that is chain or belt driven

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Hi. I seriously doubt that you can avoid digging a new trench.

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My Mantis Tiller won't start and there is grinding type noise when I try and start it. I recently did some very lengthy trench digging over a period of about 2 months.


It sounds like the clutch springs may be overheated and the clutch shoes rub while you try to start it.

If you loosten the screw that holds the engine to the gear box you can try to start it without the clutch and see if that is it.
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Craftman Tiller Model # 9172933311 doesn't go into ground. Tines skirt over grass instead of digging into ground and removing grass.


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I want to connect a single phase 24 amp kiln under my waterproved pergola. What electrical work needs to be done and how much would it cost approxmatly?


That kiln requires a 30 amp circuit, minimum. 24 amps x 125%= 30 amps per National Electric Code (NEC).

Without more info, I'll need to make a few assumptions. For the sake of estimating the cost I'll present the following scenario:

1...The distance from your electric panel to the pergola is approximately 100 feet.

2...The circuit will be underground. I'll assume that you will be able to hire someone to dig an 18 inch deep trench from the electric panel to the pergoda for $10 hr. While this should only take 3 or 4 hrs, depending on soil conditions, it could take all day. So I'll assume $80 for this.

3...This will be a 240 volt, 30 amp circuit (see why below).

4...Since you posted under the Intermatic T171, and since that is a 120 volt timer, that the kiln is 120 volts.

5...Unless the pergoda is fully enclosed, NEC still requires a weatherproof installation.

For starters, I don't recommend a 120 volt kiln. Most people I've known who had a kiln always seemed to want a bigger one ;-) Again, I'll do the estimate for a 240 volt, 30 amp kiln, as the price difference compared to a 120 volt circuit is about the same.

Also, I strongly recommend using 3/4 inch PVC conduit as opposed to 1/2 inch PVC or UF (direct burial) cable. 3/4 inch conduit doesn't cost much more than 1/2 conduit and will allow you to install wire up to #6. UF cable, in my opinion, is out of the question because if you ever decide that you want a larger kiln the direct buried UF cable is _not_ easily replaceable. A conduit and wire installation is about the same price as UF anyway.

Here's the breakdown (US dollars):

$ 10 - 30 amp, 2-pole circuit breaker
120 - 300 feet of #10 THWN COPPER wire (40 cents a foot)
20 - 1 bundle (100 feet) 3/4 inch PVC conduit
10 - 3/4 inch PVC elbows, fittings, straps
20 - Weatherproof box and weatherproof cover
+15 - 30 amp receptacle
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$195
+100 - 2 hrs labor @ $50 hr. (possibly 3 hrs.)
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$295
+80 - labor for trench
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$375
+140 - Intermatic T172R (weatherproof) 240 volt timer
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$515

Other considerations are that, if indeed, the circuit is 100 feet, you should consider using a #8 THWN COPPER wire to account for voltage drop (add $60, @ 60 cents a foot) Using a #10 wire at that distance may not allow the kiln to get to the desired temperature.

If you are anticipating things like lights, 120 volt receptacles, fans and such, the best way to do all that is to install a subpanel at the pergoda.

That should get you in the ball park as far as price. Of course, you can make adjustments accordingly. Remember that prices can vary greatly depending upon geographic location. Also, if you call a contractor for an estimate, _after_ they give you the price, _then_ ask how much they will knock off if you dig the trench.

A contractor price of $600 would not be unreasonable.

Hope this helps.






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My tiller does not seem to be cutting deep enough


Hi there kimberly,

Here's what you need to do.
  • Make sure the depth stake (behind the tines) is up as high as it will go. This will allow the tines to go deeper.
  • Fire it up. Set the tine rotation to reverse (more mixing and twisting.
  • Make sure the tines are actually turning, Each side is held in place with a shear pin. In case something binds the blades, this pin breaking will save the drive train
  • Note how the tiller is balanced. Wheels in the middle. You can tilt it forwards or backwards.
  • Tilting forward allows the wheels to gain traction and move the unit forward
  • Tilting Backwards allows the tines to dig in. If the surface is too hard, Press down with your body weight. It will dig through.

I hope this work out for ya

Best regards
Mike

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I have a Pony 1100 series Rotiller that takes off very fast and hard to control (I'm not a small guy either)even after setting the throttle at the lower speed and adjusting to depth highth. The ground I...


The reason that it does this, is your tiller is too light. There isn't enough weight to make the tiller dig without lifting the tires up and running on the tines. MTD owns troy-bilt now, and has made them light and cheap like the rest of the MTD lines. Your best bet is to add additional weight to the front, back, and you can even add weight to the tires if you wish. The easiest way is a rock or piece of concrete on top of the handle where the handle meets the engine. I mixed up concrete and cast it onto the front guard, put some in a plastic garbage bag and hung it in that same place I described for a rock, and let it set there. Then I took off the bag, and I have a form-fitting rock that can be removed if you wish. The extra weight will keep the wheels down, and make the tiller more manageable.

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Usually this means you are trying to dig too deep in one pass. Try setting the depth such that your first pass only scratches the surface, dislodging grass, etc. Then, on successive passes dig 1-2 inches, this will prevent the tines from "biting off more than they can chew" and holding back the machine. It will take about 4 passes to till one tiller width in "loose"(garden) soil and possibly more elsewhere. Hope that helps.

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