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BCS 710 tiller clutch

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04-22-2009 16:06:02

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I have a BCS Gardiner 710 tiller and the clutch won't throw out. I do not have a service manual, nor a parts manual -- I don't know if they are available. Has anyone had a similar experience with the BCS? and if so how did you go about fixing it?

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04-28-2009 17:16:17

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 Re: BCS 710 tiller clutch in reply to rkg19, 04-22-2009 16:06:02  
[quote="skkcol"](reply to post at 13:48:35 04/26/09) [/quote]

Once again, thanks to you both. Thanks for the information about removing the clutch, but fortunately I didn't have to go through the process. I shortened the cable, and ran the machine under load tilling up a section of field with the clutch lever fully depressed, hoping that the load would snap it free. It didn't, but it must have started something. Then I shut it off, tightened the cable as hard as I dared and left it for 2 days. Lo and behold, when I went to check it this afternoon IT HAD FREED ITSELF. I guess all's well that ends well. Needless to say, it won't ever again be left in the engaged position when it's shut off.

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greenbeanman in Kansas

05-07-2009 20:14:53

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 Glad it worked out for you. in reply to rkg19, 04-28-2009 17:16:17  
Glad it worked out for you and freed up.

I'm providing a link below for BCS equipment and some other as well.

Joel is a super guy and will go out of his way to help so I like to throw business his way anytime that I can.

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04-25-2009 13:47:41

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 Re: BCS 710 tiller clutch in reply to rkg19, 04-22-2009 16:06:02  
How did you get the clutch out? Do I have to break the machine apart in the middle? Does the engine have to come off? I have a parts diagram -- but no shop manual. This is the version with the Briggs and Stratton engine.

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04-26-2009 13:48:35

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 Re: BCS 710 tiller clutch in reply to rkg19, 04-25-2009 13:47:41  
Mine has the 5 hp Briggs. You have to remove the engine which is only 4 bolts/nuts. You then pull the engine out, the spline shaft which goes to the transmission pulls right out of the clutch. So you have the engine with the clutch attached to the shaft sitting on the ground. The clutch is removed with a nut with a allen screw in the middle. Loosen the nut then the allen screw and the clutch will slide right off. There is a key way and the key will most likely fall out. Then I took the clutch and put it in a big vise and squeezed it to break it free. Hope this helps

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04-25-2009 12:29:11

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 Re: BCS 710 tiller clutch in reply to rkg19, 04-22-2009 16:06:02  
I have a BCS 710 as well. I bought it used and when I bought it the clutch was stuck. You had to engage it by yanking the handle into gear. I fixed it by removing the clutch and putting it into a big vise, once it broke free it has worked fine for the last 5 years. This is a very easy machine to work on, even without the manual.

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04-23-2009 09:31:48

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 Re: BCS 710 tiller clutch in reply to rkg19, 04-22-2009 16:06:02  
[quote="Jerry/MT"](reply to post at 07:08:12 04/23/09) [/quote]

Thank you for the concept that the clutch might just be stuck -- I will try to shorten the cable a bit, and run the machine under load in high gear with the clutch depressed and see if it pops free.

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04-23-2009 07:08:12

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 Re: BCS 710 tiller clutch in reply to rkg19, 04-22-2009 16:06:02  
I have a BCS 710 tiller, but I don't have a problem with the clutch. I had a problem with hard shifting, and the dealer made some adjustments which after about 5 years of usage finnaly worked. You are supposed to keep the clutch disconnected when not in use to prevent the clutch from sticking. You may also want to try shortning the cable to get more throw on the shift fork.
You might google BCS and see if they have the owners manual on line or can send you one.

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