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Problems With Husqvarna Tillers

By Melody Lee ; Updated September 21, 2017

Husqvarna offers two types of tillers for any size job. The rear tine tillers have powered wheels and counter-rotating tines for larger areas and dense soil. The smaller front-tine tillers are tine-driven and are good for flower and vegetable beds and other small areas. Husqvarna manufactures their tillers from high-quality components with powerful engines, according to the company website.

Engine Starting Problems

Several simple problems can cause a Husqvarna tiller engine to be difficult to start or to not start at all. Water in the fuel, a clogged fuel tank or a flooded engine will prevent a tiller engine from starting. Stale or dirty fuel, a loose spark plug wire or an improper throttle setting will make a tiller engine difficult to start. A tiller engine may not start, or be hard to start, if the air cleaner is dirty, the spark plug is damaged or not set correctly, or if the carburetor is not adjusted properly.

Engine Loses Power

Overloading a Husqvarna tiller by tilling too deep is a common reason for the engine to lose power. Other common causes include stale or dirty fuel, oil or water in the fuel and dirty oil. A dirty air cleaner, muffler or engine air screen, or a clogged fuel tank or muffler, can also cause power loss. The engine will lose power if it has poor compression, or if the carburetor or spark plug is not set properly.

Problems Tilling

If a Husqvarna tiller will not move, the drive-control bar may not be engaged or the V-belt may not be adjusted correctly. If the tiller shuts off when you engage the drive-control bar, the shift lever may not be in the correct position or the tines may be jammed.

The tines will not rotate if one or more shear pins are broken; the tines will skip over the ground if you do not lower the drag stake when the tiller is in the forward-tilling mode.

Excessive bouncing of the tiller is caused by ground that's too dry and hard to till. Soft balls or clumps of soil form when the soil is too wet to till.


About the Author


Melody Lee holds a degree in landscape design, is a Florida Master Gardener, and has more than 30 years of gardening experience. She currently works as a writer and copy editor. Her previous jobs include reporter, photographer and editor for a weekly newspaper.