[Market-farming] Rototiller problems

Thamnophis thamnophis at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 22:02:19 EDT 2011

Thanks for all the feedback folks. I noticed this morning that when started
up cold it barely creeps forward but after it has been running a while it
does better. After 10 minutes or so Its pulling fairly well - usable anyway.

Made me think that something was somehow improving as it ran - maybe a belt
tightening, for example. I'm about as un-mechanical as people come so all
the suggestions are helpful.

It hurts to be without a good rototiller this time of year!

Boone, IA

On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM, Tom <tomsgardens at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I'm not familiar with your tiller, but I looked at the parts diagram.  I
> wouldn't think that your low-power problem would be in the transmission.
> Gears can break or wear, but I don't think it's possible for them to slip.
> It sure sounds like a belt slipping to me.  It looks like there is an idler
> pulley that pushes against the drive belt when you engage the drive lever on
> the handlebar.  It's possible that there is an adjustment somewhere in this
> lever-to-pulley device.  Maybe the cable has slipped on one end or the other
> and isn't moving the idler pulley as tightly against the drive pulley as it
> should.  Maybe there is some other kind of adjustment that needs to be made
> because the drive belt(s?) has stretched.
> It's worth a look, anyway.  Good luck with it.
> ==============
> Tom at Tom's Gardens
> Cut Flowers & Veggies
> Northern Lower Michigan
> --- On *Sun, 4/3/11, Thamnophis <thamnophis at gmail.com>* wrote:
> From: Thamnophis <thamnophis at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Market-farming] Rototiller problems
> To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Sunday, April 3, 2011, 10:28 PM
> 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?
> Joe
> Boone County, IA
> 5a
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