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Craftsman 5.5 HP 26 inch tine width front tine tiller w/

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reverse. Tines no longer go...
Craftsman 5.5 HP 26 inch tine width front tine tiller w/ reverse. Tines no longer go forward. Goes backwards.... Model no.###-##-####
JA: What's the make and model of the tiller? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: Not quite as old as me..... kind of old maybe 10 years. Craftsman 5.5 HP 26 inch tine width Front Tine Tiller w/ reverse model no.###-##-####
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: At this point I'm want to try to diagnose the problem first
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: Just want to know if it's belt related
Submitted: 12 months ago.Category: Small Engine
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago

Check to see if your belt is tight when you are in reverse position.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago

Your tiller have two belts. One is for forward tine drive, and the other one is for reverse tine drive. If you remove your belt guard, you will have a better view of your belts.

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
How easy is it for the Forward V-belt to slip off the forward Idler Pulley? Asking from memory of what I think I saw
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago

If your forward V-Belt is worn, or if your belt guard is distorted, your belt can slip off of your idler pulleys.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago
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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
What I think I'll do is open the can of worms tomorrow.. when it's warmer and lighter. You did help me so I know what I'm looking for.... Can I contact you this way tomorrow or Monday(if not on weekends).... and call then if I'm overwhelmed....
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago

Yes, you can contact me. I will be available on weekends also.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago

Just take your time, and I believe you will conquer our problem. I will be available if you need me to follow up with you.

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
It's a pretty old machine but not to beat up.... I'll take a look and get back to you. Thank you very much.....
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago

You are very welcome! I do hope all goes well for you.

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
Have a good night..... again thanks...
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago

Very good! You too!

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
Hello Donald... Took the belt guard off. What I think I saw was the Forward V-belt being obstructed by the Reverse Idler Arm. If you have a copy of the owners manual maybe I can explain what I'm seeing. The forward belt looks a little loose and Reverse Idler arm rubs up against it . DO you know if the Reverse Idler Arm can also become loose?
What I wanted to do was have you walk me through it but I'm unable to until Monday. If I can figure out if I can send a snapshot I might do that.... if that's O.K.? Just have to wait for better lighting. As I said before it's a few years old. Not worth having someone from Sears come fix it.
If the Tine control handle(left side) is engaged and the tines don't don't engage is that a loose belt or does the cable Tine Control need to be adjusted? I'm going by the Manual page 14.
Just wanted to let you know what's going on before we speak.
Thanks and until Monday... ***** *****
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 12 months ago

George, thanks for this information. It could be a loose belt, or the cable out of adjustment, or a combination of both. I would focus on adjusting the cable first, to see if that will make a difference. Also, look closely to see if your Forward V-Belt shows any signs of being worn. I will pull up the manual, and wait to hear from you.

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