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    Default Older Woods Tiller

    Hi, I'm new here, could use some advice... I just bought an older Woods brand tiller, model T42, for use behind my kubota B7610. I found an owners manual for the Woods tillers, but it covers the newer chain drive type, not mine. I wish to adjust the slip clutch just to make sure it's OK. Do you think the procedure to adjust the clutch on the chain drive will work with the gear drive model that I have? Can't seem to find the owners manual for mine on line... Thanks for the help.

    Frank

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    Default Re: Older Woods Tiller

    On Woods manual page, at the bottom is a link for requesting manuals that are not lister. If you use that to contact woods, you should have a PDF document emailed to you within s4 hours. I got a parts list for my quick hitch (not listed on their manuals page) that way.

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    Default Re: Older Woods Tiller

    Thanks, I'll give it a shot...

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    Default Re: Older Woods Tiller

    Well, I gave it a shot, No reply from Woods. Anyone out there have a manual for this tiller that they can sell or copy?

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    Default Re: Older Woods Tiller

    Simple way if you can't find a manual - typically, if the shaft sits for long periods it will likely rust together, making adjustment difficult because the clutch won't slip.

    1. There are several bolts that adjust spring tension on these clutches - once you find them, you can loosen ALL of them by maybe 2-3 turns - make sure they ALL get loosened by the same amount.

    2. Start the PTO, try to till a bit. The clutch should break loose and slip. Only do this for 5-10 SECONDS. This will "clean the gunk out", so to speak. Be careful touching the clutch with bare hands, it will probably be pretty warm.

    3. Put all of your tensioning bolts 2/3 of the way back to their original tension (if you loosened them 3 turns, put them 2 turns back toward their original tightness) - do this in a PATTERN, like you would do when tightening the lug nuts on a car wheel.

    4. If the clutch is still warm, let it cool.

    5. Go back and try to till an area briefly - no more than 30-60 SECONDS. Listen for "bad" noises -

    6. Turn off the tractor and CAREFULLY feel the clutch - if it is noticeably WARMER, it's been slipping.

    7. If so, tighten all the tension bolts the REST of the way, let things cool, and repeat 5 and 6.

    8. If the clutch was set correctly before you started, it should end up right back where it belongs (only less rusty)

    Temperature is the simplest test to see if the clutch is slipping - doesn't matter if the tiller is chain or gear drive, slipping will take out the clutch eventually. It should ONLY slip if the tiller hits an "immovable" object.

    HTH... Steve

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    Default Re: Older Woods Tiller

    Thanks for the help. I tried to follow the steps in the woods manual for the chain drive unit, but they wanted me to measure the length of the compressed springs. Totally different clutch set up and I knew that would not work. I'll try it from your steps...

    Frank

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    Default Re: Older Woods Tiller

    Good news! I backed off on the springs some and could not make the clutch slip. I had to remove the springs completely and break the rust seal with a heavy bar. Once I saw a bit of daylight between the plates, I reassembled and followed your steps. Eureka! I now have a slip clutch that is not solid iron. Thanks again...

    Frank

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    Default Re: Older Woods Tiller

    You're entirely welcome - you should have ended up with the springs maybe half to 3/4 turn tighter than where slippage occurs - more than that, and you may as well add a shear pin :=)

    Also, if you don't have covered storage space for anything with a slip clutch, it's a REALLY good idea to remove the pto shaft and store it indoors, and tarp or bag (and grease) at least the gearbox for the non-use periods - usually that will keep you from having to go thru this every year... Steve

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    Default Re: Older Woods Tiller

    I think this tiller has been sitting outside with a wheel barrow over it for about 5 years before I found it. I bought it real cheap, so I don't mind a little tinkering. Now it is in a shed with a roof and will be used as soon as the ground dries out a little. Can't wait...

    Frank

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