[Market-farming] Rototiller problems

sunnfarm at netscape.com sunnfarm at netscape.com
Mon Apr 4 11:19:30 EDT 2011

I checked their web site and all they show for that model is a view of the worm gear transmission
which looks bullet proof. I think your problem might be the lever used to engage forward and reverse
perhaps it broke or just got loose. The website doesn't show this part so for me its just a guess...Bob.

--- thamnophis at gmail.com wrote:

From: Thamnophis <thamnophis at gmail.com>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: [Market-farming] Rototiller problems
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:28:21 -0500

Hope this isn't too far off topic -

My one year old Earthquake rear-tine 196cc rototiller is having
problems. I started hearing some rattling in the gearbox /
transmission area last fall after hitting a few grapefruit sized
rocks. The noise is especially noticeable when I "shift" from forward
to reverse.

I could live with the noise except this spring it seems to have lost
it's forward drive power. While the tines seem to have less torque
than they did when new, they still work at maybe 75% capacity.
However, the forward drive (the wheels) seem to have lost 75% of their
power. They can't pull the tiller over even smallish irregularities
for example.

I realize the rattling and the loss of power may be unrelated. Is it
possible the belts wore out in a year's time? Or is it more likely I
have transmission problems?

I'm frustrated that a $750 machine could break within a year being
used as it was intended! And this one was advertised as being
"professional" quality, all steel, rugged, yadda, yadda...

Any mechanics out there who could offer an opinion?

Boone County, IA
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