Hi again everyone! I can't emphasize just how much I appreciate so many of you stepping up to the plate to help me out... I don't know what to say except thank-you so much. This is what makes these forums so great; that regular people are so willing to help other regular people at the drop of a hat. Well, my hat is off to each and every one of you!
Today my spinal issues had eased off a little, and I was finally able to get back up and about, if only for a short while. First, I went to the neighbor's house to borrow his battery charger, as I was almost certain it was a weak/dead battery. But after an hour of charging, still just a click. My heart sank. So I next grabbed the schematic that came with the tractor, and (knowing zip about electrical stuff) was somehow able to begin tracing the current from the battery back through to the starter, and everything in between. Well, I soon discovered that the plug (for lack of a better, more technical term!) on the backside of the PTO knob, was not pushed in completely/tightly; in fact was sitting out about 1/4" and quite wiggly. So I pushed the plug all the way back on, and it was then very firmly attached to the back of the knob connections. And I thought hmmm... and turned the key, and my spirits soared. It was music to my ears to hear that 24hp Kohler Courage V-Twin purring as quiet and smooth as can be! Amazing how something so small and simple could have possibly caused me so much grief since yesterday afternoon. In hindsight, I suppose that plug had never been pushed all the way into place at the factory, as it is now almost impossible to pull off again; so is not likely to happen again any time soon.
I stewed about this all last night, and even a good chunk of today, thinking the worst and wondering what I could do about it, especially with us being completely outside of any Sears service area. (we're on a small, very remote island, an hour-long ferry ride off another island) Unfortunately, this is the price one pays to live in such a beautiful and unique part of the world... everything's great until something breaks down, then you very quickly find yourself in a bind!
Anyhow, all's well and ends well, and I can't thank you all enough! I posted my problem on the three tractor forums that I regularly frequent, and in all three, folks jumped at the opportunity to help out. You have all lifted my spirits and renewed my faith in mankind, I kid you not!
So I will copy and paste this note into the other two forums as well, as everyone was so very helpful.
Many thanks again,
Edited by camperbc, May 30, 2013 - 02:29 PM.