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    Slip Clutch on Tiller

    Hello all.....

    I got an Tarter (County Line) RT4 tiller a few weeks ago at Tractor Supply when they were on sale and used it tonight for the first time and had a question about the slip clutch.

    Put oil and grease in it a couple of weeks ago getting it ready while waiting for the weather to dry up a little and also loosened the slip clutch and spun it a few times by hand and tightened its bolts 1 1/2 turns like the manuals says.

    I dug up a bunch of tree stumps over the past two weeks and was tilling and cleaning everything up and hitting some small cut up roots that I missed while digging the stumps up and the tractor would bog down. How much does it take to turn the slip clutch? What is the easiest way to see if it is working, a couple of paint marks or something on each piece? I'm wondering if I should back them off a 1/4 turn or 1/2 turn as it didn't seem to me it was working, but not sure how much it takes for it to spin the clutch?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Loosen it up a little and then put a mark on both parts. When you see that it has slipped, tighten it up just a little until it no longer slips.

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    I agree with loosening to allow slippage then tighten up a little. IMHO slip clutches are one of the attachments that are the most neglected until a pto driveshaft/gearbox failure occurs.
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    Ok, thank you all! I marked it with my paint pen and loosened each one. Didn't rain all day until I started home from work and rained for 5 minutes and the sun came out. Was just enough so I couldn't get the tiller out and finish the yard!
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    Agree with the others on slip clutch setup.

    One thing I do at the end of the season and I think it was in my Bush Hog manual

    Loosen all bolts on slip clutch at the end of the season.
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    This is all good stuff to know about the slip clutches. I have 2 PTO Slip Clutch shafts 1 for the snow blower and 1 for the Brush Hog. Got one for the Post Hole Digger but it is not a slip clutch type to make 3 PTO Shafts to maintain. I will have to set up the snow blower and my brush hog this year to make sure they work right and did not get a manual with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    Agree with the others on slip clutch setup.

    One thing I do at the end of the season and I think it was in my Bush Hog manual

    Loosen all bolts on slip clutch at the end of the season.
    Easier said than done with these Country Line Tarter RT 4 tillers. Safety stuff is for the birds! Older tractors didn't have all this safety crap on them. The shaft on the gearbox has a bolt on it and then they have a big black plastic piece surrounding the slip clutch with a tiny oval hole at the top with just enough room to get the bolt loosened to get the shaft off. I should have left that big plastic piece off to make it easier getting to the slip clutch. Then the cover on the shaft itself I don't get either. Old machinery never had all this stuff on it, although the shaft looks cheaply made compared to old machinery.
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    My slip clutches are not covered for that reason, adjustments and to be seen.

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