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#1 CdnSnowWhite OFFLINE  

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 09:15 PM

I am told that the machine is a LX172 with a hydro but my research shows that the LX172 came as a 5 speed manual and that the LX176 is the hydro?

Now . . .with that being said . . .

suffering transmission problems and looking for advise/information regarding what other units would have a comparitible tranny that I could use?

MTD produced?
Sears?

I am at a loss.

Thanks for the help!

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 09:36 PM

Welcome to the forum! I cant help with your question just wanted to welcome you. I see your located in canada, make sure to put yourself on the member map! http://gardentractor...member-map.html

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Posted February 13, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Welcome to GTTalk Snow White! From a little digging I did, it seems that the LX176 was equipped with a Tuff Torq K61C or K61K transaxle. Parts are available through the Tuff Torq website Here However, from the looks of the prices for parts, you might be better off to either find a local shop that could service it for you or possibly find another tractor with a good used transaxle to drop in. You could try Bob's Lawn and garden, he's one of our site sponsors and has a lot of used but good John Deere parts available. You can find him Here. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the forum. Thanks for signing up!

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 06:11 AM

Welcome to the forum. Those are a stronger transmission then the basic ones fitted to most LT's. I'm not sure if the 61 has an oil drain plug and a filter but if it does I would start by checking the fluid level/condition and going from there. It may be worth changing fluid/filters before writing off the transmission unless this has already been tried. The other thing to check is the axle key. The axle key can shear off causing the axle to turn on the hub when any significant load is put on it. This will look like transmission failure. It's worth checking out also. Good luck with it.

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 06:58 AM

I'm relatively sure the those transmissions were serviceable. Other John Deeres that used that tranny include the LX186, LX178 and LX188.
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Posted February 14, 2012 - 07:17 AM

Be EXTREMELY CAREFULL with anything plastic on those mowers. I have both an Lx172, % 176. I consider them good light duty machines. The Kaw engines are reliable with ordinary maintenence. However, the strength of the plastic components is seriously below the strength of any hinges, latches or other connectors, and the plastic will shatter. The replacement prices are also shattering.

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 11:18 AM

I remember back in 2005 when I bought my x475 I was considering a gx345 also. I noticed then that the type of plastic used was different in the more expensive tractors. Whatever they were using in those LX tractors, which weren't cheap, seems to have become a problem area. Too bad they can't price the new parts more reasonably.
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Posted February 17, 2012 - 10:34 AM

Thank you for all your assistance and information . . . you have been a GREAT help!

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 11:23 AM

No problem. Let us know how you're doing with it. The LX series was the strongest LT that Deere made and should make a very good mower.


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Posted January 05, 2013 - 12:32 PM

I would go along with JDBrian's suggestion of at least changing the transaxle fluid for that has seemed to cure a lot of problems in the past for others.I am not sure if your transaxle has the filter or not.

 

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