Craftsman 14" 5 HP rear tine tiller problems

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Old 10-22-11, 12:43 PM
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Craftsman 14" 5 HP rear tine tiller problems

I have a Sears Craftsman Model # 917.295554 14", 5 HP rear tine tiller that I lent to a friend and unfortunately, it hasn't run the same since its return home. When I engage the tiller, it will grab and start tilling for 20-30 seconds or so then seem to jump out of gear. I'm sure a new belt couldn't hurt but was hoping that either someone had a link to a manual so I could read up on different adjustments that I'm certain must exist. It was given to me by the wife of a neighbor that has moved on so I don't know how old it is nor did I get the owners manual with it. I'd appreciate any help, tips or suggestions that anyone can offer. I can find the parts diagram from Sears online but no manual to help me with adjustments. Thanks for your time!

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Old 10-22-11, 03:30 PM
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Have you checked the shear pins on the tines? If they shear, they may still have enough "grab" to get the tiller going, but will slip after a few seconds. Never replace the shear pins with bolts, as the shearing feature is what saves the engine if you grab a big rock or root.
 
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Old 10-23-11, 06:50 AM
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Actually spent the time, located a similar manual and read up on how to adjust the belt tension cable. I adjusted slightly upward and now it seems to be working just fine. In the spring, I will replace the belt as I can see that it has stretched out considerably and that might explain the need to adjust the tension. Thanks for the tip though. While I had the side cover off, I did a thorough debris cleaning especially around the tines and tine shaft which I was amazed at how much stuff was wrapped around that! All seems well for now. Thanks again for the suggestion!
 
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