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#16 boyscout862 ONLINE  

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 08:37 AM

Welcome to GTT. Be sure to read the manuals thoroughly. Then store them in a safe place. Proper care and maintenance will help the tractor last a lot longer. I like to change the engine oil on a new engine at about 1 hour and then follow the manual. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:03 AM

Hey all,

...   am i crazy?

Who isn't crazy, here... or somewhere?!

 

And so   :welcometogttalk:


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:50 AM

Welcome to GTtalk.  Brian is right adding weight will help with stability.  I have a GT3000 with wheel weights that has served me well for the last 12 years.  As Rick said read the manual's and put them where you can find them, do your services and don't skip anything, and keep it in a shed, barn or garage when not in use (your seat will thank you).


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:52 AM

Welcome to GTTalk. Nice tractor. Wheel spacers are one way to improve stability but will put more stress on the axles and make the tractor harder to maneuver through narrow areas. Consider adding wheel weights or filling the rear tires with fluid to increase weight and lower your centre of gravity to improve stability. This will also improve traction.

 

 

Welcome to GTTalk !  I wonder what difference the carbs are ?  Please take some "action shots " when you get your tractor , we love pictures , Al

 

 

Like JDBrian said , I would recommend Fluid filled tires, or foam filled (expensive,but heavy and no flats) foam tends to soften the rubber  some,tires will have more grip, but tread wears more quickly if your run a lot on pavement. Grass does not wear as much.

                  oh yeah , welcome, Shawn

 

 

welcome to the forum. please post pics when u get it

 

 

Welcome.  Glad you joined.  Order the wheel weights if they don't have any at the store.  Good luck and keep us posted.

 

Thanks, all!

 

Already i feel like Billy Crystal in 'City Slickers'.    Oh, and i'll be postin' plenty o' pix and vids!    tho, my first order of biz will be to not go 'wheels up' and gettin' buried by it.   once i've mastered that, i'll be back posting here and searchin' the web for either weights, fluid or foam, now that spacers are out.    then, i'll be changin' my phone number so my neighbors won't call me to knock down their fields, pull their stumps and bury their wives.

 

anyway, this thing will see pavement about 10 minutes a year, so i'd be good with foam.   so, regardless of cost, what's the best course for stability that you've guys found?

 

thanks in advance!


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:57 AM

If pretty steep, I'd go with fluid first, as it will put more weight at a lower center of gravity than wheel weights.  If you still need more traction, I'd add the wheel weights also.  With fluid and weights, you should go most anywhere, but if it still spins, then it's too steep to be on in the first place.

 

  And I almost forgot!........ :welcome:


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 03:35 PM

If I am not mistaken the new Sears has a locking differential. With locking differentials losing traction will be less of a problem.  By the owners manual most lawn tractors are not designed to mow anything larger than a 15% land grade. As previous guys have mentioned that putting wheel spacers do put a lot of stress on the axles. The current lawnmowers/Garden Tractors are ONLY designed to last 5-7 years to the normal homeowners. With much TLC you can make this lawnmower last 10-20 years. 

 

Why exactly are you looking for stability?

 

What motor does this mower have on it? Is it hydrostatic or gear driven? What size deck?


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 03:58 PM

Welcome. If traction is needed you can always lower your tire pressure or switch to lug style tires too! And dont forget that for stability you can load your front tires too!


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 04:05 PM

Hey there and welcome! :wave: Lug style tires work real well i would recommend them


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 05:38 PM

If I am not mistaken the new Sears has a locking differential. With locking differentials losing traction will be less of a problem.  By the owners manual most lawn tractors are not designed to mow anything larger than a 15% land grade. As previous guys have mentioned that putting wheel spacers do put a lot of stress on the axles. The current lawnmowers/Garden Tractors are ONLY designed to last 5-7 years to the normal homeowners. With much TLC you can make this lawnmower last 10-20 years. 

 

Why exactly are you looking for stability?

 

What motor does this mower have on it? Is it hydrostatic or gear driven? What size deck?

hey,

 

stability for the significantly hilly area.  i'm not on a clif, but i will be pushing the 15% envelope in some areas.  my main use will be weed abatement, which means i'll be out with it no more than 3x a season on ~2 hilly acres.   it's got the kohler v twin @ 26hp, 6 spd gear drive and a 54" deck.



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Posted March 21, 2013 - 05:59 PM

Hi, and welcome to GTT. :wave:

 

Reading through this from the start, I see you've already got some

great advice, from alot of the helpful guys you'll find around here.

 

SF and area, are one of my favorite places. I like to rent a car, and

zip out to Point Reyes. That's awesome.

 

Enjoy yourself here at GTT.


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Posted March 22, 2013 - 08:57 PM

DUDES!   THIS THING ROCKS SO HARD IT'S CRIMINAL!!

 

took delivery today, fired up like a dream, put her to work and i think she's smilin' more than me!   i got 2 hrs on her already and will be changing the oil before she hits it again!

 

papa's got a brand new bag!

 

so i got a couple questions:

any of you guys install a cig. lighter socket for charging/accessories?

what's been your optimum tire pressure for firm, yet damp, terrain?  (all 4 tires)

 

thanks for your help! 

 

this is awesome!  i'm as giddy as a school girl. 

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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:27 AM

Best of luck with it!


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:02 AM

Just hook it up to the battery. If you was planning to charge your phone etc... I would be sure to put a fuse on the positive side to make sure it doesn't fry your phone. As in the size of the fuse I couldn't tell you that. You would just have to do some research on your electronic devices.
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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:15 AM

Glad you are enjoying your new ride.

Tire pressure, I would use what they have on the side, but consider a set of wheel weights (available thru Sears)

Cig liter, you may be able to find a wiring schematic online. Often, there is an unused aux output in a harness.
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Posted March 26, 2013 - 01:44 PM

Never thought to look for a aux output on a wiring harness. I figured that the factory used every connector on the wiring harness. Another thing to think about too is to possibly put it on a switch just to be sure it doesn't run your battery dead.

Glad you are enjoying your new ride.

Tire pressure, I would use what they have on the side, but consider a set of wheel weights (available thru Sears)

Cig liter, you may be able to find a wiring schematic online. Often, there is an unused aux output in a harness.


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