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#1 Earl OFFLINE  

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Posted April 27, 2013 - 10:14 PM

First off, hello everyone.  Just signed up with the hope you can shed some light on what I have. 

 

I picked this gem up off of Craigslist.  Runs ok, doesn't seem to want to run much below 1/2 throttle.  It is a 46" cut with 20.5hp Kohler engine.  Hand operated hydrostat with a spin-off filter on the transaxle. 

 

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It cuts very good and I was basically using it as a weed eater with wheels earlier today cleaning up a bank.  She is going to be tortured more than anything if she hangs around long. 

 

The steering system seems to have some issues.  I believe it is a combination of the drag link being rigged back together and the bushing being worn out in the front axle pivot.  It will almost turn in it's wheel base to the left but won't hardly turn around in my one acre yard to the right.  I'm going to try to come up with both of those to put back in it and see if that helps.  I'm also planning on filling the tires with washer fluid to help add some traction.  I have access to a tire groover so I may also consider taking out every-other set of tread blocks to give it more of an ag-tire grip.  It has the 12" wheels so old 4-wheeler tires are also an option at this point. 

 

The part number under the seat is 917.251522.  It seems to be yet ANOTHER odd ball piece I have managed to drag in as I've had issues finding manuals for it online and wound up spending near $20 on one from Sears Parts Direct so I have some idea how to service the transaxle. 

 

Anyways, thanks for any help you can provide! 


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#2 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 05:08 AM

Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have some issues to get through!


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 05:53 AM

Thank you and yeah, she certainly is no spring chicken! Right now my biggest concern about it is the engine not idling.

Fabricating isn't too big a deal, but I'm not familiar with small engines and governors. It will take some research and tinkering time on those. I already have ALOT on my plate this summer so we will see how it goes.
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Posted April 28, 2013 - 06:01 AM

Welcome to GTT. I'd check for a vacuum leak first on the idling. I've seen the carburators shake loose on those a few times. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 06:10 AM

There's lots of folks to help you along on the engine issues. On the steering, I have several tractors similar and Sears put in lots of areas that can wear which can compound those issues.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 06:51 AM

Welcome to GTTalk. I'd give the carb a good look, clean up the outside and check for loose mounting bolts, worn linkage parts(including the choke linkage) and leaking or rotted/cracked fuel lines. I'd also check the air cleaner and make sure it's not plugged up or oil soaked. In general giving the whole engine a cleaning and a thorough check/tune up may be all that's required.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 06:51 AM

Earl, welcome to GTTalk!

 

Where in VA are you?  I'm in the Shenandoah Valley.

 

Ben W.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 07:06 AM

Welcome Earl the Kohler command engine is a good engine much better than the Kohler Courage engine. Hope you get things all fixed up. Good luck.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 08:36 AM

Welcome,Earl :wave:   Sounds like a good project for you. The carb. definitely sounds like it needs cleaning and readjusting.



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Posted April 28, 2013 - 08:38 AM

Welcome to GTTalk earl. Sounds like it could be a good project

 

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 10:00 AM

:welcometogttalk:   I have seen some of the Craftsman mowers with weak front-ends. Be careful mowing on any bank/hillside, as the front-end may just fall off.



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Posted April 28, 2013 - 10:51 AM

Hi there and welcome! :wave:



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Posted April 28, 2013 - 11:13 AM

On that carb. Try filling it up with SeaFoam and let it sit for a while then Pull the spark plug out and turn it over to empty the carb out put the carb back in and try to start it. I have had pretty good luck with that.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 12:01 PM

Welcome to the crew, we'll enjoy seeing how you deal with "your new toy". We dispense aquired knowledge and learn new stuff around here every day.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 01:16 PM

Welcome Aboard!  Here's a link to a parts list and you should be able to get some needed info here too:  http://www.searspart...hdMod=917276090

 

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