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#1 jniolon OFFLINE  

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Posted May 24, 2015 - 07:02 PM

Hi guys... newbie here with a question   not sure if this is the right forum... but I know you guys know a bunch...

I've got an old (1977) Sears roto tiller (917.297580)  8 hp B&S engine... hasn't run in a few years but with a few new parts it's purring again... the transmission and all works fine... it's been sitting in the yard for years with a plastic tub over the engine and the rest exposed to the weather... the tines look a little rough and next chore is cleaning them up...

my question is.... can or should the tines be sharpened... got the tools to do it... just wondering if they are hardened or is there some reason to put a good clean sharp edge on them ???


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#2 JBRamsey ONLINE  

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Posted May 24, 2015 - 07:28 PM

I've never sharpened tines. I've heard of others doing it. I don't understand why they would need sharpening. It seems that would just wear them down quicker.
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Posted May 24, 2015 - 07:36 PM

Never sharpen mine. I think they say, they are self sharping, the ground will wear them to a point any way. If you sharpened them the ground will adjust them in a hurry, I would think. Just my 2 cents worth, Noel

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Edited by propane1, May 24, 2015 - 07:37 PM.

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Posted May 24, 2015 - 07:40 PM

Welcome to GTT. Congratulations on rescuing the tiller. Pics? Check our Manuals Section for the manuals(3 for free per day). I've never sharpened tines. I agree with the guys above. The first minute that you use it the rust will come off. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted May 24, 2015 - 09:57 PM

That is a good question.  Sharpening tines is a bad way to wear them out much quicker in my opinion.  Tillers are designed to beat the ground to death, not really cut it. 


I know a guy who does it, and he does get good results, but he uses it to chop up his garden at the end of the year.  All the plants get chewed into the ground, and the edge on the tines really doesn't last long.  He goes through a set every year or so. 


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Posted May 25, 2015 - 06:20 AM

    I got the brilliant idea to sharpen the tines on my b-10 tiller last year because it was not working that well at all.  after I sharpened them I realized I had the tines on backwards :wallbanging:  once I figured that out it tilled great but the sharpened edge didn't last very long.  I wont do it again !!


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Posted May 25, 2015 - 06:28 AM

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Posted August 12, 2015 - 04:54 PM

Welcome and yes, PICTURES.....LOL!!! I know I just love to see the pictures.

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Posted August 23, 2015 - 04:24 PM

 If you sharpened them the ground will adjust them in a hurry, I would think.

What he said.


If you sharpen your chain saw blade and hit the dirt real good, you have to sharpen it again. If you sharpen tiller blades, the dirt will take the edge off in the first minute. Tiller blades aren't supposed to be "sharp".

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