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#1 A.C.T. OFFLINE  

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 07:31 PM

Purchased a John Deere 212 at a auction today. It runs well and came with a snowblower. The problem is that it wants to jump out of gear. The variator does not seem to work either. I do have a 1969 112 that I could use for parts if they interchange. Any help would be great.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 07:44 PM

Most likely the detent ball springs. Shift forks are also problematic. Either way you need to open it up. If the 112 transaxle is good it is a direct swap other than a few machine specific bolt-on pieces. The 110/112/200 series tractors all use the same Peerless 2300 transaxle. You can download a pdf manual from Tecumseh. I opened one up but decided to swap in another instead of repairing the broken one.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 08:03 PM

I agree, swap in a good transmission if you have one. Quicker and many time cheaper. Variator might just be stuck from sitting unused for so long. Shoot some penetrating oil on the pivot points, Once you get the rear end swapped or repaired, some good use might free up the variable speed system. I just bought a 214 today myself. Not my first 200 series I have owned and defiantly not the first I have worked on. We saw many of them come thru the dealership where I used to work as a mechanic. Trying to find the $$ to open my own shop now. Mike
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Posted October 27, 2012 - 08:09 PM

Some spray graphite from the local Napa helped the variator on the 110.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 08:31 PM

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Posted October 28, 2012 - 06:58 PM

the service manual is on this web site in the manuals section
http://gardentractor...icans-handbook/

the transaxles are easy to work - it takes me under 2 hour to remove the transaxle, fix it and back in the garden tractor

deere has the spring and balls - to fix both shifter forks for around $10 plus you should get the gasket for the case
and 2 quarts on 85w-90 or 85w-140 oil for the transaxle

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Posted October 19, 2013 - 12:01 PM

I recently bought a snow blower for my 85' J.D. 212 w/hydraulic deck lift. Everything bolted up great but the snow blower would not raise. Don't know if hydraulic unit is not strong enough or adjustments need to be made in lift link or deck height knob. This is a model #75 blower. Does anyone have any suggestions or an owners manual. Thanks.



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Posted October 19, 2013 - 03:49 PM

Hopefully the variator trouble is the linkage..  The center sliding hub wears and sticks on the shaft and it won't move back and forth thus shifting the front to back belt speed.  (where your 'variator' action is happening)  One belt climbs up while the other sinks down is the trick..  They are sure nice when they work but I've heard they aren't fun to replace..  (& pricey too!  At LEAST $200 for parts)

 

Good luck with the lubing..  


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Posted October 19, 2013 - 04:00 PM

I recently bought a snow blower for my 85' J.D. 212 w/hydraulic deck lift. Everything bolted up great but the snow blower would not raise. Don't know if hydraulic unit is not strong enough or adjustments need to be made in lift link or deck height knob. This is a model #75 blower. Does anyone have any suggestions or an owners manual. Thanks.

Not familiar with that model #. I have a model 37a snowblower for my 214. The hydraulic lift handles it with ease. 


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Posted October 19, 2013 - 04:26 PM

# 37 preceded #37a It has a different pulley configuration. Will try screwing out eye of lift link to max.

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 08:29 PM

you might look a the front lift rod - and see if you can adjust it

and check how it is attach 

hpim7845.jpg

 

the deck height nob is only for the deck

it had no affect for the front and rear lift 






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