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Tiller Manual

About the Tiller

 

It belongs to all of us and it is up to all of us to make sure it lasts by using it appropriately.

 

Important 

  • Engage clutch before changing gears (by letting go of bar)
  • Do not turn with tines engaged and on the ground - strips bearings and destroys belts
  • Do not till new ground with tines forward
  • Cut tall weeds and remove from plot before tilling
  • If loud "Eeeeeeeeeeee!" the tines are stuck - stop the tiller, turn motor off and remove stuck object.
  • Bring your own gas and take it away with you when done.

Tilling

Starting the tiller

  1. Check oil (yellow cap), check gas (black cap)
  2.  Clutch out (bar released) put in Neutral
  3. Choke all the way on, throttle half way
  4. Pull rope. When started shut the choke
  5. Full throttle

Moving tiller to plot

  1. Clutch out (bar released) put in Forward
  2. Clutch in (bar grasped and held) walk to plot along paths, tines can roll on ground

Breaking ground

When starting the year.

  1. Clutch out (bar released) put tines in Reverse
  2. Till across, when get to end of row, lift back and maneuver (with tines in the air) to start back on new row
  3. Go back and forth, always lifting the tines when turning

 Tilling tilled ground

 To get a fine tilth for the seed bed, cultivating between beds, etc.

  1.  Clutch out (bar released) put tines Forward
  2. Till across, when get to end of row, lift back and maneuver (with tines in the air) to start back on new row
  3. Go back and forth, always lifting the tines when turning
  4. Note: tiller will tend to escape you and run into the neighbor?s plot. Try throttle half way.

 Shutting down

  1. Walk tiller to shed in Forward gear, with tines disengaged
  2. Put in Neutral, run full throttle for 2 minutes to cool down
  3. Shut down throttle

 Cleaning the tiller

  1. Prop the back part up and flip the back guard up
  2. Cut off all the weeds from the tines. A serrated knife comes in handy.

Parts of  the Tiller

  1. Clutch - the bar in front of the handle. Release it (its natural state) to change gears. Pull it towards you to work in the selected gear.
  2. Gear shifter
    1. Forward - to walk tiller, tines disengaged
    2.  Reverse - to walk tiller backwards, tines disengaged, occasionally useful to maneuver during tilling. Note:  fast!
    3.  Neutral - to stop the tiller for shutdown. Useful in wrangling it back into the shed when shut off.
    4. Tines forward. For ground that has been worked already
    5. Tines backward. For new ground, first tilling of the year. Digs deeper and is more controllable since the wheels and the tines are pulling in different directions.
  3. Choke - small lever, icon looks like a valve. To start tiller when cold
  4. Throttle -  small lever with tortoise and hare icons. Half to start, full when moving or tilling