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Tines aren't turning properly. Stop turning when should be tilling. was working properly yesterday?

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Look on the shaft and see if there is a shear pin or a keeper. ie: half moon or square. If not, it is time to open the gearbox

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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SOURCE: Tiller will not till in forward motion.

sounds like your drive belt is worn or the handle bar adjustment is too tall and your handle is not adjusted.

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

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SOURCE: tines turning, mantis 2 cycle tiller

sounds like a piston seizure. are you using correct oil and ratio. carb could be going lean and causing the cylinder to over heat, adjust high speed mixing screw and hope no damage has resulted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010

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SOURCE: tiller tines won't turn where put in gear.

The spring goes in first followed by the ball. The ball should not get in the key way because that is filled by the slider pins that go up into the spur gear that drives the tines. Actually the slider pins drive all of the gears by engaging different gears as the gear collar is moved up and down. The detent spring and ball is the mechanism that is supposed to hold the the clutch collar in place. Mine jumps out of gear when tilling any depth except very shallow. I have reinforced the shifting forks and replaced the pins on the end of it. I believe that the pins wear and the arms spread because i have to keep pressure on the shifting rod or it will jump out of gear when tilling. Even with the reinforcing, pressure on the shifting rod will wear out the pins on the shifting arm. This will be my 3rd reassembly and I am leaning toward the detent spring being weak and allowing the shifting collar to move too easily. I may order an new spring and ball and see if that helps. I am getting pretty good at taking it apart.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011

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