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How To Troubleshoot a Craftsman Tiller

By Vanessa Ryan

Craftsman is a brand name sold through Sears that includes both large and small tools. Craftsman offers a small selection of tillers to help in your garden. A tiller has blades or tines designed to turn the soil over to soften it for easier planting. If you run into minor problems with your Craftsman tiller, do some troubleshooting before you take it in for servicing.

Fill the tank with gasoline and turn the fuel valve and engine to “ON” if the tiller will not start. Also, try replacing the spark plug and the air filter or emptying the gas tank and carburetor. Refill with gas.

Check the oil level to see if you need to add more. Clean the engine's air screen or remove and clean out the muffler if the engine overheats when you use the tiller.

If the tiller seems to be struggling to work correctly, inspect the depth stake to see if it is too deep. Set the stake for shallow tilling and adjust the throttle control.

Check the moisture level of the soil if it clumps into balls when you are tilling the soil. If so, wait for the soil to dry out before tilling it.


Things You Will Need

  • Gasoline (optional)
  • Engine oil (optional)
  • New spark plug (optional)
  • New air filter (optional)

About the Author


Vanessa Ryan has over 15 years of both online and offline writing experience. She has worked as a copywriter for a busy ad agency since 2006 and has written numerous online articles, blogs, advertisements, websites, sales letters and news releases. Ryan graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1995.