People who love gardening may be disappointed when the wheels of their tiller stop turning as they are preparing the ground for planting. This article discusses some steps that such people can take to rectify the problem without calling an expert.

Check the Adjustment of the Clutch Cable

The drive system of the tiller may become unable to disengage or engage properly when the clutch cable is improperly adjusted. Consequently, the wheels of the tiller will stop turning. Check the clutch cable for any signs of damage or wear. Replace the cable in case it is too worn to continue being used. You can also tighten or loosen the cable in case nothing is physically wrong with its condition. That adjustment will produce improvements in the turning of the wheels.

Check the Drive Belt

It is also possible that the wheels are failing to turn because the drive belt of your tiller has a problem. For instance, the drive belt may be worn. A worn drive belt will keep slipping as the engine of the tiller runs. This slipping is likely to make the wheels to turn erratically or to stop turning altogether. Replace the tiller belt with a new one in case you find that it is worn.

Check the Clevis Pin

The wheels of the tiller may not move as they should because the mechanism that makes the tines to move has a problem. Problems with the tine system can also affect the tiller's wheels because both systems rely on the clutch cable to operate. Thus, a problem with the tine system will affect how well the clutch cable makes the wheels to move. The clevis pin is a device that was added to tillers in order to protect the engine from mechanical damage once an object is hit as the tiller moves. The force of the impact causes the clevis pin to shear off from its anchorage. This immediately causes the engine to shut down so that the tiller does not keep moving over the object that is likely to damage the engine. Remove the object that caused the clevis pin to shear off. Replace the clevis pin with a new one in case the old one was damaged during the impact.

You may require some experience in handling tillers in order to identify the parts stated above. Consult a supplier of agricultural equipment like Yarra Valley Ag for help in case you are unable to implement the troubleshooting tips above on your own.