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Safety â¢ Assembly â¢ Operation â¢ Tips & Techniques â¢ Maintenance â¢ Troubleshooting â¢ Parts Lists â¢ Warranty OPERATORâS MANUAL Front Tine Tiller â Model Series 390 IMPORTANT READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE OPERATION Warning : This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest - covered , brush - covered or grass - covered land unless the engineâs exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws ( if any ) . If a spark arrester is used , it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator . In the State of California the above is required by law ( Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code ) . Other states may have similar laws . Federal laws apply on federal lands . A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department , P.O . Box 361131 Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 0019 . FORM NO . 769 - 02926 10 / 27 / 2006 PRINTED IN U.S.A . CUB CADET , P.O . BOX 361131 CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 - 0019
This Operatorâs Manual is an important part of your new tiller . It will help you assemble , prepare and maintain the unit for best performance . Please read and understand what it says . Table of Contents Safety Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Maintaining Your Tiller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Safe Operation Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Trouble Shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Operating Your Tiller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Finding and Recording Model Number BEFORE YOU BEGIN ASSEMBLING YOUR NEW EQUIPMENT , please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the information to the sample model plate provided to the right . You can locate the model plate by looking at Model Number Serial Number the rear of the tine shield . This information is important for use when visiting the manufacturerâs web site , obtaining assistance from the Customer Support Department , or when communicating with an authorized service dealer . Customer Support Please do NOT return the unit to the retailer from which it was purchased , without first contacting Customer Support . If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls , operation , or maintenance of this unit , you can seek help from the experts . Choose from the options below : â¢ Visit mtdproducts.com . â¢ Call a Customer Support Representative at 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 . â¢ The engine manufacturer is responsible for all engine - related issues with regards to performance , power - rating , specifica - tions , warranty and service . Please refer to the engine manufacturerâs Ownerâs / Operatorâs Manual , packed separately with your unit , for more information .
Safety Labels Found On Your Tiller 1 Safety Labels WARNING DO NOT remove safety ( or any ) labels from tiller for any reason . 3
WARNING : Engine Exhaust , some of its constituents , and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm . DANGER : This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual . As with any type of power equipment , carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury . This machine is capable of amputating hands and Safe feet and throwing objects . Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in Operation serious injury or death . Practices â¢ Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine Training is hot or running . â¢ Read , understand , and follow all instructions on the â¢ Allow engine to cool at least two minutes before machine and in the manual ( s ) before attempting to refueling assemble and operate . Keep this manual in a safe â¢ Never over fill fuel tank . Fill tank to no more than Â½ place for future and regular reference and for ordering inch below bottom of filler neck to provide space for replacement parts . fuel expansion . â¢ Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation . â¢ Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely . Know how to stop the machine . â¢ If gasoline is spilled , wipe it off the engine and â¢ Never allow children under 14 years old to operate equipment . Move machine to another area . Wait five this machine . Children 14 years old and over should minutes before starting the engine . read and understand the operation instructions and WARNING safety rules in this manual and should be trained and â¢ Never store the machine or fuel container inside supervised by a parent . near an open flame , spark or pilot light ( e.g . furnace , This symbol points out water or space heater , clothes dryer , etc . ) . â¢ Never allow adults to operate this machine without important safety in - proper instruction . â¢ Allow machine to cool five minutes before storing . structions which , if not â¢ Keep bystanders , helpers , pets , and children at least Operation followed , could endanger 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation . Stop â¢ Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts . Contact the personal safety and / or machine if anyone enters the area . with the rotating parts can amputate hands and feet . property of yourself and Preparation â¢ Do not operate machine while under the influence of others . Read and follow all â¢ Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is alcohol or drugs . instructions in this manual to be used . Remove all stones , sticks , wire , and other â¢ Never operate this machine without good visibility or before attempting to oper - foreign objects which could be tripped over and cause light . Always be sure of your footing and keep a firm ate this machine . Failure personal injury . hold on the handles . to comply with these â¢ Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close â¢ Keep bystanders , helpers , pets , and children at least instructions may result in fitting slacks and shirt . Loose fitting clothes or jewelry 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation . personal injury . When you can be caught in movable parts . Never operate this Stop the machine if anyone enters the area . see this symbol , HEED machine in bare feet or sandals . ITS WARNING ! â¢ Be careful when tilling in hard ground . The tines may â¢ Disengage clutch levers and shift ( if provided ) into catch in the ground and propel the tiller forward . neutral ( â N â ) before starting the engine . If this occurs , let go of the handle bars and do not â¢ Never leave this machine unattended with the engine restrain the machine . running . â¢ Exercise extreme caution when operating on or â¢ Never attempt to make any adjustments while engine crossing gravel surfaces . Stay alert for hidden is running , except where specifically recommended in hazards or traffic . the operatorâs manual . â¢ Never operate the machine at high transport speeds â¢ To avoid personal injury or property damage use on hard or slippery surfaces . extreme care in handling gasoline . Gasoline is â¢ Exercise caution to avoid slipping or falling . extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive . â¢ Look down and behind and use care when in reverse Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is or pulling machine towards you . spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite . â¢ Start the engine according to the instructions found Wash your skin and change clothes immediately . in this manual and keep feet well away from the tines â¢ Use only an approved gasoline container . at all times . â¢ Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and other sources of ignition . â¢ Never fuel machine indoors . 4
â¢ After striking a foreign object , stop the engine , Maintenance & Storage disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against â¢ Never tamper with safety devices . Check their the engine Thoroughly inspect the machine for any proper operation regularly . damage . Repair the damage before starting and â¢ Check bolts and screws for proper tightness at operating . frequent intervals to keep the machine in safe â¢ Disengage all clutch levers ( if fitted ) and stop engine working condition . Also , visually inspect machine before you leave the operating position ( behind the for any damage . handles ) . Wait until the tines come to a complete Safe â¢ Before cleaning , repairing , or inspecting , stop the stop before unclogging the tines , making any adjust - engine and make certain the tines and all moving ments , or inspections . Operation parts have stopped . Disconnect the spark plug â¢ Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated wire and ground it against the engine to prevent area . Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide , an Practices unintended starting . odorless and deadly gas . â¢ Do not change the engine governor settings or â¢ Muffler and engine become hot and can cause a over - speed the engine . The governor controls the burn . Do not touch . maximum safe operating speed of the engine . â¢ Use caution when tilling near fences , buildings and â¢ Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels , underground utilities . Rotating tines can cause as necessary . property damage or personal injury . â¢ Follow this manual for safe loading , unloading , â¢ Do not overload machine capacity by attempting to transporting , and storage of this machine . till soil too deep at too fast of a rate . â¢ Never store the machine or fuel container inside â¢ If the machine should start making an unusual noise where there is an open flame , spark or pilot light or vibration , stop the engine , disconnect the spark such as a water heater , furnace , clothes dryer , etc . plug wire and ground it against the engine . Inspect WARNING â¢ Always refer to the operatorâs manual for proper thoroughly for damage . Repair any damage before instructions on off - season storage . starting and operating . â¢ If the fuel tank has to be drained , do this outdoors . This symbol points out â¢ Keep all shields , guards , and safety devices in place important safety in - â¢ Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for and operating properly . structions which , if not gas , oil , etc . to protect the environment . â¢ Never pick up or carry machine while the engine is followed , could endanger Your Responsibility running . the personal safety and / or â¢ Restrict the use of this power machine to persons â¢ Use only attachments and accessories approved property of yourself and who read , understand , and follow the warnings and by the manufacturer . Failure to do so can result in others . Read and follow all instructions in this manual and on the machine . personal injury . instructions in this manual â¢ The safety labels on the tiller are shown in the â¢ If situations occur which are not covered in this before attempting to oper - â Safety Labels â section . To ensure safe operation manual , use care and good judgment . Contact your ate this machine . Failure of the tiller , follow the instructions on all labels dealer or call the customer service number found on to comply with these closely . page two . instructions may result in personal injury . When you see this symbol , HEED ITS WARNING ! 5
Tiller Setup References to right and left side of tiller are determined from behind the unit in the operating position . 3 Handle Attachment Assembly 1 . Identify forward clutch cable ( A ) and reverse clutch cables ( B ) . Figure 3 â 1 . NOTE : Stand behind Figure 3 â 1 : Identify Cables . the tiller as if you were going to operate it . Your right hand corresponds Be sure not to kink cables while attaching . to right side of 2 . Hook the â Z â end of the forward clutch cable tiller ; your left hand ( A ) into the forward tine engagement lever corresponds to Figure 3 â 2 . left side of tiller . 3 . Hook the â Z â end of the reverse clutch cable ( B ) into the reverse tine engagement lever Figure 3 â 2 . IMPORTANT This unit is shipped without gasoline or oil in the engine . Fill up gasoline and oil as instructed in the accompanying engine Figure 3 â 2 : Insert cables into levers . manual BEFORE operating your tiller . 4 . Remove the hex bolt and cupped washer from the right side of the frame . Hold the cable guide bracket on the left side of frame as it will fall when the bolt is removed . Figure 3 â 3 Step 1 . 5 . Insert handle into tiller frame as shown . See Figure 3 â 3 Step 2 . 6 . Insert bolt through the cupped washer , frame , handle and into the cable guide bracket ( note the notch in the cable guide bracket goes over the flange on the frame . ) See Figure 3 â 3 Step 3 . Tighten the bolt securely after securing handle brace as seen in Figure 3 â 4 . Figure 3 â 3 : Insert handle into frame . 6
7 . Locate the carriage bolt , bell washer and hand knob packed with your unit . 8 . Insert the carriage bolt through the welded bracket on the handle , bell washer , handle 3 brace and into the hand knob . See Figure 3 â 4 . Assembly 9 . Select one of the three handle height positions ( three notches in welded handle bracket ) and tighten the hand knob to secure the handle in the desired position . Figure 3 â 4 : Remove hardware from lower handle . Figure 3 â 4 . Return to lower handle and tighten the hex bolt securely Depth Gage Attachment NOTE : Stand behind 1 . Disassemble the depth gage assembly as the tiller as if you were seen in Figure 3 â 5 . Retain the pin and clip for going to operate it . Your later reassembly . right hand corresponds to right side of tiller ; your left hand corresponds to left side of tiller . Figure 3 â 5 : Disassemble depth gage if necessary . 2 . Remove the two screws from the rear of the tiller frame as shown in Figure 3 â 6 . IMPORTANT 3 . Insert the depth gage bracket into the frame This unit is shipped and reinstall the two screws removed earlier . Tighten the hex bolts securely . without gasoline or See Figure 3 â 6 . oil in the engine . Fill up gasoline and oil as instructed in the accompanying engine manual BEFORE operating your tiller . Figure 3 â 6 : Insert depth gage bracket into frame . 4 . Insert the depth stake into the depth gage bracket assembly as seen in Figure 3 â 7 . Secure the pin with the clip removed earlier . The depth stake can be placed at various positions . For setup purposes it is suggested that the depth stake be assembled with the stake just above or level with the ground surface . For further instructions on the Depth Stake refer to adjustments section of this manual . Figure 3 â 7 : Reassemble depth stake .
Reverse Tine Your Tiller Engagement Lever 4 Handle Operating Your Tiller Forward Tine Engagement Lever Throttle Control Handle Knob Depth Stake WARNING The tine clutch control End Cap is a safety device . Never Tiller Tines attempt to bypass its operation . Use extreme care when handling gasoline . Figure 4 â 1 : The major parts of the tiller Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors WARNING : Read , understand , and Tines and End Caps are explosive . Never fuel follow all instructions and warnings Tilling tines and end caps are used to cultivate , furrow tiller indoors or while posted on the machine and in this and prepare your garden for seeding . End caps are used engine is hot or running . manual before operating . to avoid tilled soil from overflowing onto unwanted areas . Extinguish cigarettes , Handle Knob cigars , pipes , and other Forward Tine Engagement Lever The handle height may be adjusted . Loosen the knob to sources of ignition . The forward tine control lever is located beneath the change the position . Tighten hardware when complete . upper section of the handle . Squeezing the lever against Keep hands and feet away Engine Controls the handle engages the tine drive . Release the lever to from the tines . Refer to NOTE : Refer to engine manual for additional information stop the tines from turning . warning label on the unit . and functions of the engine controls . Reverse Tine Engagement Lever Throttle Control The reverse tine control lever is located on top of the The throttle controls engineâs speed . Use maximum upper section of the handle . Pulling the lever toward engine speed when tilling . Stop the engine when operator engages the tines in reverse . Release the lever tranporting the tiller . to stop the tines from turning in reverse . Choke Lever Note : Never engage both the forward and reverse tine Choke lever is located next to the throttle lever . It is used drives at the same time . Engaging both forward and to enrich the fuel mixture when starting a cold engine . reverse tine drives at the same time could damage the Recoil Starter belt drives and cause the engin to stall . The recoil starter is located on the right side of the engine Depth Stake and is used to manually start the engine . The depth stake controls the tilling depth . Refert to Operating Your Tiller later in this section for further instructions on its use . 8
Operating Your Tiller 4 Operating Choke Your Tiller Throttle WARNING Be sure no one other than the operator is standing near the tiller Figure 4 â 2 : Engine choke and throttle controls while starting engine WARNING : Read , understand , and 3 . Move throttle control 1 / 3 of the way toward the or operating the unit . follow all instructions and warnings FAST position . Never run engine posted on the machine and in this 4 . Move / pull out choke lever to CHOKE position when indoors or in enclosed , manual before operating . starting cold engine . poorly ventilated 5 . Pull rope out slowly until engine reaches the areas . Engine exhaust beginning of its compression cycle ( rope will pull Before Starting contains carbon slightly harder at this point ) . Gas And Oil Fill - Up monoxide , an odorless 6 . Pull rope with a rapid , continuous , full arm stroke . Service the engine with gasoline and oil as instructed in and deadly gas . Keep Keep a firm grip on handle . Let rope rewind slowly . the separate engine manual packed with your tiller . Read hands , feet , hair and Do not let recoil starter snap back against engine . instructions carefully . loose clothing away Repeat until engine starts . from any moving parts WARNING : Use extreme care when 7 . Move / push in choke lever once engine warms up handling gasoline . Gasoline is on engine and tiller . enough to run smoothly . extremely flammable and the vapors are 8 . Move throttle to FAST position for tilling . explosive . Never fuel machine indoors or while the engine is hot or running . Starting Engine Stopping Engine Refer to the engine Move throttle control lever to STOP or OFF position . manual for detailed WARNING : Be sure no one is standing Refer to the engine manual for instructions on stopping engine instructions . in front of the tiller while the engine is the engine . running or being started . Refer to the engine manual for instructions . 1 . Attach spark plug wire to spark plug . Make sure the metal cap on the end of the spark plug is fastened securely over the metal tip on the spark plug . 2 . Make sure that the tine clutch control is disengaged . 9
Using Your Tiller Your tiller is designed for seed bed preparation , cultivat - ing , furrowing , and mulching . 4 Wheel Position The tiller is shipped with the wheels adjusted so that the Operating unit sits level . The wheels need to be adjusted to meet your tilling needs before operation . This adjustment is Your Tiller made by removing the clevis pin from the wheel yoke and raising the wheels to the desired height . See Figure 4 â 3 . Tilling Depth and Wheel Figure 4 â 3 : Wheel and depth stake positioning . Yoke Adjustment Placement of wheel yoke will effect depth of tilling . WARNING Yoke Forward Be sure no one other Place the wheel yoke so that wheels are forward ( near - than the operator is est to tines ) for shallow tilling , cultivating and transport . standing near the tiller See Figure 4 â 4 . while starting engine Yoke to Back or operating the unit . Place the wheel yoke so that wheels are toward rear Never run engine ( closest to depth stake ) for deep tilling and cultivating . indoors or in enclosed , See Figure 4 â 5 . poorly ventilated Figure 4 â 4 : Wheel and Yoke forward for shallow tilling . Depth Stake areas . Engine exhaust The depth stake acts as a brake for the tiller and contains carbon controls the depth and speed at which the machine will monoxide , an odorless operate . Remove the clevis pin and hairpin clip to raise and deadly gas . Keep or lower depth stake . See Figure 4 â 6 . hands , feet , hair and Handle Pressure loose clothing away Further control of tilling depth and travel speed can be from any moving parts obtained by variation of pressure on the handles . on engine and tiller . A downward pressure on the handles will reduce the working depth and increase the forward speed . An upward pressure on the handles will increase the working depth and reduce the forward speed . Figure 4 â 5 : Wheel and Yoke back for deeper tilling . The type of soil and working conditions will determine Refer to the engine the actual setting of the depth stake and the handle pressure required . manual for detailed instructions pertaining to the engine controls . Transporting and Storing the Tiller To transport and store the tiller move the throttle to the stop position . Pivot the depth stake away from ground up between wheels . See Figure 4 - 6 . Figure 4 â 6 : Pivot depth stake for transportation . 10
Tilling Procedure When tilling , leave approximately eight inches of untilled soil between the first and second tilling paths , then make 4 the third path between the first and second , Figure 4 â 7 . In some soils , the desired depth is obtained the first 4 5 2 3 1 time over the garden . In other soils , the desired depth Operating is obtained by going over the garden two or three times . Passes should be made across the length and width of Your Tiller the garden alternately . Rocks which are turned up should be removed from the garden area . Figure 4 â 7 : Recommended tiller paths . With the outer tines installed , the working width of the machine is 24 inches . This width may be expanded to 26 inches by removing the clevis and cotter pins , sliding each outer tine outward away from the center of the unit and resecuring the pins in the holes provided . See Figure 4 â 8 . WARNING Removing End Caps The end cap , which is used to avoid tilled soil from Be sure no one other overflowing onto unwanted areas , are removable from the than the operator is axle . Remove the hairpin clip and clevis pin that secure standing near the tiller Figure 4 â 8 : Moving and removing outer tines . each end cap and slide the end caps off the axle . while starting engine See Figure 4 â 9 . or operating the unit . Never run engine Cultivating indoors or in enclosed , For cultivating , a two to three inch depth is desirable . poorly ventilated The tine width can be reduced to 13 inches by removing areas . Engine exhaust the outer tines completely from the tiller . See figure 4 â 8 . contains carbon When laying out plant rows , be sure to allow enough monoxide , an odorless width to permit cultivation between the rows . In growing and deadly gas . Keep corn or similar crops , check - row planting will permit cross hands , feet , hair and cultivation and practically eliminate hand hoeing . loose clothing away Figure 4 â 10 . Figure 4 â 9 : Removing end caps . from any moving parts The tiller has many uses other than tilling and cultivating on engine and tiller . a garden . One of these is the preparation of lawn area for seeding . The tiller will prepare a deep seed bed which will be free of hard untilled spots , allowing a better stand of grass to grow . The tiller is very useful for loosening hard soil for excavation with a shovel ; No tedious handwork will be necessary . Your tiller may be used for mixing compost in the pile or for mixing it with the soil in your Refer to the engine garden . This should be done after the soil has been manual for detailed broken to the full working depth . The compost should be instructions pertaining worked in to a depth of six to seven inches . This may be to engine controls . done by working the length of the garden and then by making separate passes across its width . The addition of decayed organic matter will substantially increase the fertility of your garden . For proper decaying action , Figure 4 â 10 : Allow area between rows for cultivation . fertilizer should be applied and worked in with the mulch materials . Breaking up leaves and straw and mixing it with several inches of soil allows proper aeration of the plant root system and retards the growth of weeds . 11
WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug Lubrication wire and ground it against the engine Pivot Points before performing any repairs . Remove the belt cover and lubricate all pivot points and linkages at least once a season with light oil . Keep belts Engine 5 free of lubrication . Refer to the separate engine manual for engine maintenance instructions . Tine Shafts Maintaining Maintain engine oil as instructed in the separate Remove tine assemblies and lubricate the tine shafts at engine manual packed with your unit . Read and follow Your Tiller least once a season . instructions carefully . Wheel Shafts Service air cleaner every ten hours under normal Remove wheel assemblies and lubricate the axle shafts conditions . Clean every hour under extremely dusty at least once a season . conditions . Poor engine performance and flooding usually indicates that the air cleaner should be serviced . Chain Drive To service the air cleaner , refer to the separate engine The chain drive is pre - lubricated and sealed at factory . manual packed with your unit . Cleaning Tine Area IMPORTANT : Never run your engine without air cleaner Clean underside of the tine shield after each use . The completely assembled . dirt washes off the tines easier if rinsed off immediately WARNING The spark plug should be cleaned and the gap instead of after it dries . Always towel dry the tiller reset every 25 hours of engine operation . Spark plug afterwards and apply a light coat of oil or silicone to replacement is recommended at the start of each tiller Disconnect the spark prevent rusting or water damage . season ; check engine manual for correct plug type and plug wire and ground IMPORTANT : Never use a â pressure washer â to clean gap specification . it against the engine your tiller . Water can penetrate tight areas of the tiller Clean the engine regularly with a cloth or brush . Keep and its chain case and cause serious damage to unit . before performing the cooling system ( blower housing area ) clean to any repairs or permit proper air circulation which is essential to engine maintenance . performance and life . Be certain to remove all dirt and combustible debris from muffler area . Belt Replacement Reverse Drive Belt Your tiller has been engineered with a belt made of special material ( Kevlar Tensile ) for longer life and better performance . It should not be replaced with an off - the - shelf belt . Order all belts through you authorized service dealer . 1 . Disconnect and ground the spark plug wire against the engine . 2 . Remove the belt cover from the left side of the tiller by removing the two self - tapping screws and hex stop nut and washer . See Figure 5 â 1 . 3 . Remove belt from transmission pulley and then from around the reverse idler pulley . See Figure 5 â 2 . 4 . To reassemble new belt . Follow instructions in reverse Figure 5 â 1 : Screw and nut removal . order . Be sure to place wider side of belt against transmission and idler pulley while slimmer side goes over the engine pulley . See Figure 5 â 2 . NOTE : Upon reassembly , make certain the belt is routed over the idler pulley and inside of belt keepers by engine pulley . See Figure 5 â 2 . Figure 5 â 2 : Reverse drive belt removal . 1
Belt Replacement Forward Drive Belt 1 . Remove reverse drive belt as instructed in the previous section . 5 2 . Remove the return spring . See Figure 5 â 3 . 3 . Remove idler pulley bolt and move belt from under Maintaining idler pulley keeper . See Figure 5 â 4 . 4 . The forward idler belt will not clear the belt keepers Your Tiller near the engine pulley . You must remove the reverse idler bracket to allow the belt to move off of the engine pulley . Remove the two securing screws and move the bracket toward the transmission pulley . Retain the screws for reassembly . See Figure 5 â 5 . 5 . Remove belt from the reverse idler pulley and then from around the transmission pulley . See Figure 5 â 6 . Figure 5 â 4 : Idler pulley keeper belt removal . 6 . To reassemble new belt . Follow instructions in reverse order . Be sure to place wider side of belt away from the engine and transmission pulleys . NOTE : Upon reassembly , make certain the idler pulley WARNING Removes keeper is as shown in Figure 5 â 4 . Take note of the Screw notch on the bottom of the keeper and alignment when Do not move the gear reassembling with the replacement belt . selection handle with the wheels or tines engaged . Make certain the unit is stopped completely before changing the gear selection . A partial engagement may be necessary when engaging tines . Do not push down Figure 5 â 5 : Bracket screw removal . on handles so that wheels are lifted off the ground while using the tine drive , or tiller could move Return Spring backward and cause personal injury . Never attempt to make any adjustments while engine is running , except where specified in operatorâs manual . Figure 5 â 3 : Return spring removal . Figure 5 â 6 : Forward drive belt removal . 13
Cable Adjustment From time to time you may need to adjust the tension on the forward and reverse tine engagement cables . 1 . Disconnect and ground the spark plug wire against 5 Reverse CTineable the engine . Engagement 2 . Adjust either the forward or reverse clutch cable by Maintaining loosening the hex nut . See Figure 5 â 8 . 3 . Turn the cable collar section one or two turns to add or Your Tiller lesson tension on the cable . See Figure 5 â 9 . 4 . Retighten the lock nut against the cable collar . Forward CTineable See Figure 5 â 10 . Engagement 5 . With the forward and reverse tine engagement handles in neutral ( released ) positions , pull the starter rope several times . The tines should not turn . If they turn forward , adjust the forward tine engagement Figure 5 â 7 : Reverse drive belt removal . cable to release tension using the previous steps in this section . If the tines turn toward rear , adjust the reverse tine engagement cable to lesson the tension WARNING as with previous steps . Check again for correct tension on cables . Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it against the engine before performing Lock Nut any repairs or maintenance . Figure 5 â 8 : Reverse drive belt removal . Cable Collar Lock Nut Figure 5 â 9 : Reverse drive belt removal . Figure 5 â 10 : Reverse drive belt removal . 14
3 . Refer to the engine manual for correct engine Off - Season Storage storage instructions . If the tiller will not be used for a period longer than 30 days , the 4 . Wipe tines with oiled rag to prevent rust . following steps should be taken to prepare the tiller for storage . 5 . Store tiller in a clean , dry area . Do not store next to 1 . Clean the exterior of engine and the entire tiller 6 corrosive materials , such as fertilizer . thoroughly . Lubricate the tiller as described in the lubrication instructions . NOTE : When storing any type of power equipment in an Trouble unventilated or metal storage shed , care should be taken 2 . We do not recommend the use of pressure washers to rustproof the equipment . Using a light oil or silicone , to clean your unit . They may cause damage to electric Shooting coat the equipment and especially any springs , bearings , components , spindles , pulleys , bearings or the engine . and cables . The use of pressure washers will result in shortened Guide life and reduce serviceability . WARNING Trouble Possible Cause ( s ) Corrective Action Engine fails to start Fuel tank empty , or stale fuel . Fill tank with clean , fresh gasoline . Fuel will not last Do not move gear over thirty days unless a fuel stabilizer is used . selection handle Throttle control lever not in correct Move throttle lever to start position . with the wheels or starting position ( if so equipped ) . Blocked fuel line . Clean fuel line . tines engaged . Make Dirty air cleaner . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . certain the unit is Choke not in ON position . Move switch to ON position . stopped completely Spark plug wire disconnected . Connect wire to spark plug . before changing the Faulty spark plug . Clean , adjust gap or replace . Engine flooded . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . gear selection . A Engine runs erratic Unit running on CHOKE . Move choke lever to OFF position . partial engagement Spark plug wire loose . Connect and tighten spark plug wire . may be necessary Blocked fuel line or stale fuel . Clean fuel line ; fill tank with clean , fresh gasoline . Fuel will when engaging tines . not last over thirty days unless a fuel stabilizer is used . Vent in gas cap plugged . Clear vent . Do not push down Water or dirt in fuel system . Drain fuel tank . Refill with fresh fuel . on handles so that Dirty air cleaner . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . Carburetor out of adjustment . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . wheels are lifted off Engine overheats Engine oil level low . Fill crankcase with proper oil . the ground while Dirty air cleaner . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . using tine drive , or Air flow restricted . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . the tiller could move Carburetor not adjusted properly . Adjust carburetor as instructed in separate engine manual . backward and cause Tines do not Foreign object lodged in tines . Dislodge foreign object . personal injury . engage Tine clevis pin ( s ) missing . Replace tine clevis pin ( s ) . Pulley and idler not in correct Take unit to authorized service dealer . Never attempt adjustment . to make any Not shifting properly . Refer to Controls section of operatorâs manual for proper shifting procedures . adjustments while Control cable not adjusted properly . Adjust control cable ( see assembly instructions ) . the engine is Belt worn and / or stretched . Replace belt . running , except Tines skip over Improper rotation . Forward rotation should only be used on soil that has where specified in ground already been tilled , not on virgin soil . operatorâs manual . Wheels do not Clevis pin missing . Replace clevis pin . engage Tiller is not being shifted properly . Refer to Controls section of operatorâs manual for proper shifting procedures . Control cable not adjusted properly . Adjust control cable ( see assembly instructions ) . Belt worn and / or stretched . Replace belt . 15
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9 Ref . Part No . Part Description Ref . Part No . Part Description 1 712 - 0442 Acorn Lock Nut 1 / 4 - 20 28 710 - 0805 Hex Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 1.5 â Lg . Illustrated 2 736 - 3020 Flat Washer . 271 â I.D . x . 630 â O.D . 29 710 - 0189 Hex Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 â Lg . Parts List 3 720 - 0270A Reverse Handle Grip 30 736 - 0242 Wash . Bell . 340 â I.D . x . 872 â O.D . 4 731 - 1600 Handle Cover w / o throttle 31 711 - 1036A Spec . Hex Nut 5 710 - 0779A Truss Mach . Scr . # 10 x 1 / 2 â Lg . 32 736 - 0119 L - Wash . 5 / 16 â I.D . Model 390 6 720 - 0274 Handle Grip 33 710 - 3008 Hex Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 Gr . 5 Series 7 712 - 3006 Hex Nut 1 / 4 - 20 Gr . 2 34 786 - 0129 Cable Guide Bracket 8 726 - 0135 Cap Speed Nut 35 710 - 0604A Hex Washer Screw 5 / 16 - 18 x . 62 â Lg . 9 686 - 0083 Clutch Handle Assembly 36 710 - 0602 Hex Wash . Hd . TT - Tap Scr . 10 720 - 0269 Clutch Grip 37 738 - 0934 Shdl . Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 11 710 - 0641 Hex Bolt 1 / 4 - 20 x 2.25 â Lg . Gr . 5 38 786 - 0138A Frame ( R.H . ) 12 731 - 1645A Clutch Handle Holder 39 786 - 0139A Frame ( L.H . ) 13 736 - 0140 Flat Washer . 385 â I.D . x . 62 â O.D . 40 736 - 0171 Lock Washer 7 / 16 14 686 - 0014A Reverse Handle Assây 41 712 - 0240 Jam Nut 7 / 16 - 20 Gr . 2 To order replacement 15 736 - 0264 Flat Washer . 344 â I.D . x . 62 â O.D . 42 710 - 0176 Hex Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 2.75 â Lg . parts , contact your 16 649 - 04040 Handle Assembly Comp . 43 712 - 0429 Hex Nylon Nut 5 / 16 - 18 Thd . local Cub Cadet dealer ; 19 749 - 1401 Handle Brace 46 686 - 0081A Wheel Hanger Bracket Assembly or call our dealer locator number at 20 736 - 0921 Lock Washer 1 / 2 47 734 - 1781 Wheel Assây 8 â x 1.75 â ( Plastic ) 1 ( 877 ) 282 - 8684 ; 21 710 - 3194 Hex Bolt 1 / 2 - 20 Gr . 5 734 - 1566 Wheel Assây 8 â x 1.75 â ( Steel ) or log onto 22 786 - 0005 Depth Bar 48 738 - 0929 Shoulder Screw . 496 I.D . x 1.445 O.D . www.cubcadet.com 23 714 - 0149B Cotter Pin 49 750 - 0890 Spacer 24 712 - 04063 Hex Flange L - Nut 5 / 16 - 18 Thd . Gr . 5 50 710 - 1236 Carr . Bolt 5 / 16 - 18 x 1 25 786 - 0003 Tail Piece Bracket ( L.H . ) 51 736 - 0242 Bell . Wash . 34 â I.D . 26 786 - 0004 Tail Piece Bracket ( R.H . ) 52 720 - 0195 Hand Knob 27 711 - 0415 Clevis Pin 53 750 - 0470 Spacer 1
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Ref . Part No . Part Description Ref . Part No . Part Description 9 1 712 - 0392 Hex L - Stop nut 1 / 4 - 28 26 748 - 0350 Pulley Mounting Adapter 2 736 - 3020 Flat Wash . 266 â I.D . x . 625 â O.D . 27 736 - 0112 Bell - Wash . 525 â I.D . x 1.5 â O.D . 3 710 - 0599 Hex Washer TT - Tap Scr . 1 / 4 - 20 x . 5 â 28 712 - 3029 Hex Jam Nut 1 / 2 - 20 Thd . 4 711 - 0920 Belt Cover Bolt 29 732 - 0697 Return Spring Illustrated 5 712 - 04063 Hex Flange Top L - Nut 5 / 16 - 18 30 786 - 0040B Reverse Bracket Parts List 6 710 - 0723 Hex Hd . Scr . 3 / 8 - 16 x 1.25 â Lg . 31 736 - 0119 Lock Washer 5 / 16 7 756 - 0313 Flat Idler Pulley 2.12 â O.D . 32 710 - 0237 Hex Bolt 5 / 16 - 24 x . 625 â 8 786 - 0149 Idler Belt Keeper 33 756 - 0971 Engine Inner Half Pulley Model 390 9 786 - 0144 Idler Bracket 34 756 - 0600 Reverse Engine Pulley Series 10 712 - 0266 Hex Cent . Jam Nut 3 / 8 - 16 Thd . 35 736 - 0452 Bell Washer . 396 â I.D . x 1 / 14 â O.D . 11 786 - 0057 Belt Cover 36 710 - 1093 Hex Bolt 3 / 8 - 24 x 1.00 â 13 786 - 0043A Tine Shield 38 686 - 0013 Reverse Arm Assembly 14 710 - 3008 Hex Hd . Cap Scr . 5 / 16 - 18 x . 75 â Lg 42 786 - 0041 Reverse Belt Keeper 16 686 - 0091 Chain Case Assembly Complete 43 710 - 0502A Hex L - Wash . TT - Tap 3 / 8 - 16 x 1.25 â 17 686 - 0106 Outer Disc Plate Assembly 44 786 - 0145A Engine Plate 18 714 - 0149B Internal Cotter Pin 45 786 - 0053 Tine Shield Bracket 19 711 - 0415 Clevis Pin 46 736 - 0171 L - Wash . 7 / 16 â I.D . To order replacement 20 642 - 0023 Outer Tine Assembly L.H . 47 712 - 0240 Hex Nut 7 / 16 - 20 Thd . parts , contact your 642 - 0024 Outer Tine Assembly R.H . 48 754 - 0428 V - Belt ( Forward ) 1 / 2 x 41.9 â local Cub Cadet dealer ; 21 642 - 0003 Inner Tine Assembly L.H . 49 754 - 0429 V - Belt ( Reverse ) 3 / 8 x 45.68 â or call our dealer locator number at 642 - 0002 Inner Tine Assembly R.H . 50 738 - 0102 Shld . Screw . 498 x 1.445 1 ( 877 ) 282 - 8684 ; 22 746 - 0918 Forward Clutch Cable 51 738 - 0930 Shld . Screw . 560 x . 165 or log onto 23 746 - 0953 Reverse Clutch Cable 52 710 - 0805 Screw 5 / 16 - 18 x 1.50 www.cubcadet.com 24 756 - 0585 Fl - Pulley 6 â Dia . 53 712 - 3010 Hex Nut 5 / 16 - 18 25 750 - 0892 Spacer . 64 â Dia . x 2.4 â Lg . 54 736 - 0242 Bell Washer 19
MANUFACTURERâS LIMITED WARRANTY FOR The limited warranty set forth below is given by Cub Cadet LLC with e . Replacement parts that are not genuine Cub Cadet parts . respect to new merchandise purchased and used in the United States , its f . Service completed by someone other than an authorized service possessions and territories . dealer . â Cub Cadet â warrants this product against defects in material and g . Transportation charges and service calls . workmanship for a period of two ( 2 ) years commencing on the date of original purchase and will , at its option , repair or replace , free of charge , No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of merchant - any part found to be defective in materials or workmanship . This limited ability of fitness for a particular purpose , applies after the applicable warranty shall only apply if this product has been operated and maintained period of express written warranty above as to the parts as identi - in accordance with the Operatorâs Manual furnished with the product , and fied . No other express warranty , whether written or oral , except as has not been subject to misuse , abuse , commercial use , neglect , accident , mentioned above , given by any person or entity , including a dealer improper maintenance , alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , water , or damage or retailer , with respect to any product , shall bind Cub Cadet . During because of other peril or natural disaster . Damage resulting from the the period of the warranty , the exclusive remedy is repair or replace - installation or use of any part , accessory or attachment not approved by ment of the product as set forth above . Cub Cadet for use with the product ( s ) covered by this manual will void The provisions as set forth in this warranty provide the sole and your warranty as to any resulting damage . exclusive remedy arising from the sale . Cub Cadet shall not be liable Normal wear parts are warranted to be free from defects in material and for incidental or consequential loss or damage including , without workmanship for a period of thirty ( 30 ) days from the date of purchase . limitation , expenses incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care Normal wear parts include , but are not limited to items such as : batteries , services or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted belts , blades , blade adapters , grass bags , rider deck wheels , seats , snow product . thrower skid shoes , shave plates , auger spiral rubber and tires . Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , WITH consequential damages , or limitations on how long an implied warranty PROOF OF PURCHASE , through your local authorized service dealer . lasts , so the above exclusions or limitations may not apply to you . To locate the dealer in your area , check your Yellow Pages , or contact In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the amount of the Cub Cadet LLC at P.O . Box 361131 , Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 0019 , or call purchase price of the product sold . Alteration of safety features of the 1 - 877 - 282 - 8684 , or log on to our Web site at www.cubcadet.com . product shall void this warranty . You assume the risk and liability for This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the following cases : loss , damage , or injury to you and your property and / or to others and their a . The engine or component parts thereof . These items may property arising out of the misuse or inability to use the product . carry a separate manufacturerâs warranty . Refer to applicable This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original manufacturerâs warranty for terms and conditions . purchaser or to the person for whom it was purchased as a gift . HOW STATE LAW RELATES TO THIS WARRANTY : This limited war - b . Log splitter pumps , valves , and cylinders have a separate one year ranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights warranty . which vary from state to state . c . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , blade IMPORTANT : Owner must present Original Proof of Purchase to obtain sharpening , tune - ups , brake adjustments , clutch adjustments , deck warranty coverage . adjustments , and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due to use or exposure . d . Cub Cadet does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported outside of the United States , its possessions and territories , except those sold through Cub Cadetâs authorized channels of export distribu - tion Cub Cadet LLC , P.O . BOX 361131 CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 - 0019 ; Phone : 1 - 8 - 8 - 8684