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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 10:23 PM

About a year and a half ago I came home from school and my dad told me to come out back and look at what he got... I had no idea what it would be, we weren't very brand loyal so if could have been anything. When I came around the corner I saw a wheel horse sitting there. He said he got it for a 100 bucks, I assume he got it from craigslist. It ran perfect and it even had a deck with it! Before I got home he had already changed all 4 tires and rims as well as put some wheel weights on. Other then that, all I have ever had to do to it was change the blades after I broke one of them this summer. Its a 312-8 and I don't know the year. Knowing the year isn't something I NEED to know, im just curious. Were can I find some numbers or something else that would help? I couldn't find anything on the engine. Ill try for pics of it tomorrow.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 07:35 AM

I believe on those models the ID decal was on the fender deck underneath the seat. The 312-8 had three different Kohler engines on them depending on the year made. The earlier models had the old K-series Kohlers, the late 80s and early 90s had the Magnum series, and the late 90's to early 2000s had the Command series Kohlers on them. If you can't find the id decal for whatever reason, then identifying the series of Kohler engine will help pinpoint the year range made.
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 10:17 AM

I know that it has a magnum in it, I will look for the decal when I get home from school.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 11:29 AM

Having a Magnum in it will put it in the range of 1987 through 1997.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 05:16 PM

I have a 312-8 myself. Mine's a 1986 with the K series Kohler on it. Very capable machine!

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 06:27 PM

The number under the seat I found is 2112k806 41044

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:13 PM

That makes it a 1989. How 'bout some pics?

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:59 PM

Thanks! I will get pics tomorrow, after I got home today I immediately went outside and was in the woods until dark. I tried to take pics but it just didn't work out with no light.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 07:21 PM

here are those pics, its in pretty good condition, its pretty solid and has no major rust other then some surface rust on the foot boards.

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When I went to take the pics I made a discovery, the lights work! I have never used it for anything other then mowing so I have never had a reason to try them... lol

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 07:31 PM

That's in very respectable condition Ryan! The footboards are a common place for rust to form. Yours is in better shape than mine by quite a stretch.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 07:57 PM

Nice tractor, Ryan. Shoot those rusty spots with some Rustoleum Rust Reformer. It'll at least slow that down till you can take care of them.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 08:44 PM

What's rust reformer? What does it do exactly? Also, I need a deck belt for this thing pretty bad, the one that's on it now is almost a perfect circle. Does anybody know what size belt I need? It could also use a brake adjustment, but that's easy and should only take a couple minutes.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 09:14 PM

There should be a model number tag on the mower deck. You'll need that to find the right belt. Or do you mean the drive belt that goes from the engine to the deck? Either way, I'll have to leave it up to someone else as I do not have a manual for your model.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 09:22 PM

The deck only has one belt. It goes from the engine to the deck and drives both of the blades.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 09:34 PM

Are you sure? I'm not saying that you're wrong, just that mine has a double stacked pulley on the center blade. The belt from the engine drives the top pulley in the stack, which is connected to the one below it, and a separate belt drives the other blades. Mine also has 3 blades. What size deck is it, 36" or 42"?




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