Posted September 19, 2012 - 01:55 PM
I am new to garden tractors and especially hydrostatic drives. I just bought a 317 a few weeks ago and it seems to run real good. The guy I bought it from said he had the engine rebuilt completly last year and replaced the PTO clutch. One question I have is that I have noticed that when I am done mowing I park it with the deck raised all the way up, then next day it is dropped back down. Is this common or is it leaking off pressure. It seems to drive good except for some play in the steering that I need to adjust. It mows great. Also, I need to adjust the brakes, how complicated is it to adjust. I sent this past weekend and cleaned it off by spraying it down with a degreasing agent so I could better see if there are any leaks. It cleaned up real good. The lights don't work, I need to get a couple of bulbs and redo the wires. Also the light switch is rusted so it won't turn or pull out whichever it is suppose to do. I'd appreaciate any advise.
Posted September 19, 2012 - 02:16 PM
The sinking deck seems to be a problem on any hydro-lift tractor. I would not worry about it as my 120 is also that way.
A "correct" switch is still available from JD if you so desire or take the switch to any auto supply store and hunt down a replacement.
- psfmcehall said thank you
Posted September 19, 2012 - 02:29 PM
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 03:20 PM
Ok, thanks. Another question I had. The front grill is bent up some, how do you remove it? It appears to have two rivets holding it in the top, is this all that there is?
The front grill should just pull right out the front as it will bend in slightly from the sides as you pull it forward. Be gentle, and for God sakes if you still have the emblem don't pull the grill off with that as documented in some JD literature! If it really is riveted then it's a backyard hack job.
Good luck with the 317, now where are the pictures?
Edited by ggsteve, September 19, 2012 - 03:25 PM.
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Posted September 20, 2012 - 07:20 AM
Once again Thanks.
Posted September 21, 2012 - 01:29 PM
I tryied to see how to adjust the brakes but I couldn't see anything that could be adjusted. does anyone have a picture of what the adjuster looks like. I did see some kind of a coil spring that looked as if it was screwed into the back half but that didn't look like an adjustment.
Another question, how much weight can one of these push or pull? for example, how big of a trailer could i pull behind one for moving firewood or mulch. and if i make a blade for the front how much can it move? thanks
Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:50 PM