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How to stop craftsman rear tiller from breaking drive belts.

I own a craftsman rear tiller model # 247.29930 it keeps tear up or breaking the drive belt. What could be causing this problem?

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Belts too tight,1. pully out of round or warped,2. bad pully bearing,3. incorrect install,4.wrong belt ,5. lol.

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The motor runs fine, it stopped tilling, and the belts do engage properly. What happened


Randy, The gear in the gear box may have sheared a key, or damaged gear. Check the attached links,instruction and guides, Good luck
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