My day off today started out great with a trip to DQ for breakfast. Then we came home & I attempted to get some prep work on selling the Jacobsen Chief. Just as I got into it, my brother stopped by, so I didn't get nearly as much done. So after a while I decided it was time for some tractor seat time to end my frustration. First I mowed a section of barn area with the Jake.
After that I hooked up the 12" plow to the diesel Bush Hog JB...aka "Hogzilla", and plowed my garden! I wanted to get video, but my movie camera battery needed charging, and the regular camera, which does video, for some reason won't work in video mode. So I just took a still pic of the plowed ground when I finished. I can honestly say this machine is simply super awesome with this new hydro/diff combo! The turning brakes are great at swinging it into position too. I can plow with the 12" plow with very little throttle, or throw it wide open & really get with it. This hydro puts the power down, with no complaints. The original JB hydro would squeal in protest and was obvious that it wasn't transferring power efficiently. No more though!
Then after plowing, I got the JD430 out & mowed my yard around my home. It mows superb! Power out the yang, and does a smooth even cut. It does have an issue though that I've not checked out yet. As you drive, mostly on slight downhills, the speed will pick up, then abruptly slow way down, back & forth like that. I think either a linkage is worn, or that a mount is broken somewhere. I was in neutral one time and stepped on the deck when getting off, and with the deck raised, when I stepped on it & it twisted from my weight, the tractor went forward. Something is amiss, and I'll find it soon as I get time. I don't think it's internal of the hydro itself, as it does fine on uphills.
Mowing in February may sound strange, but my yard does look much neater. Had a lot of those tall patches of grass, and much neater now.
So after seat time, I'm as content as can be! Get a diesel and let it melt your problems away! ....at least for a little while!