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Hi All. I bought a new 4ft CountryLine Tiller from TSC and my second day's use and I notice the tillers struggling to spin, and a burning smell, and smoke coming out of the end of PTO shaft on tiller side. I believe this is the clutch smoking, I can lift the tiller up and turn on the PTO with no stress and still see smoke. I did fill gear old and grease as the manual indicated. The land I'm tilling was cleared with a brush hog, it was mostly brush and prickers and the tiller is pulling up some viney roots but I cut and pulled them right out, and kept tilling, not sure if it matters I assume people run in to vines / small roots with these things.

I believe the issue is the slip clutch from some research, but I'm not sure if it needs adjustment or is shot already. The manual does not indicate how to adjust the slip clutch, can anyone direct me to a guide on how to do so?
 

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When you say "4ft County Line Tiller" do you mean the yellow one (The RT4) or the red one (the RTSC4/TG-48-XB)?

The instructions for adjusting the slip clutch on the RT4 are on page 18 of the owner's manual. Steps 6 through 8.

For the red unit, the slip clutch adjustment instructions are on page 20, steps 6-8.
 

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How deep are you going on the first pass? You should only a couple of inches deep the first time through. I would also be worried about the vines binding up the tines and slipping the clutch, which sounds like that is what is happening.
 

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I echo Jim's comment about adjusting the clutch. I have a 5ft Country Line Tiller and it was suggested before the first operation to correctly adjust the clutch. I found the manual to have a good description, but also found a few nice YouTube videos to compliment what I was reading.
 

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Hi All. I bought a new 4ft CountryLine Tiller from TSC and my second day's use and I notice the tillers struggling to spin, and a burning smell, and smoke coming out of the end of PTO shaft on tiller side. I believe this is the clutch smoking, I can lift the tiller up and turn on the PTO with no stress and still see smoke. I did fill gear old and grease as the manual indicated. The land I'm tilling was cleared with a brush hog, it was mostly brush and prickers and the tiller is pulling up some viney roots but I cut and pulled them right out, and kept tilling, not sure if it matters I assume people run in to vines / small roots with these things.

I believe the issue is the slip clutch from some research, but I'm not sure if it needs adjustment or is shot already. The manual does not indicate how to adjust the slip clutch, can anyone direct me to a guide on how to do so?
While it does sound like the slip clutch needs adjustment when you say you lift the tiller and engage the pto, are the tines turning, you could have something jammed in the tiller binding the tines.
 
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