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#1 slime OFFLINE  

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 10:36 PM

I was just given a John Deere STX 38 Model M00STXB010979 with a Kohler Command 12.5 OHV Model CV12.5S engine, Serial # 1916501688,

 

It is Gear Drive 4 spd forward.  I would like to know how to shift this.  Can it be shifted on the fly, or do you have to be stopped?  If stopped, does the clutch have to be depressed or released?  Also, is there any way to tell date of manufacture of the riding mower and Kohler engine?  Does anyone have an operator's manual for this model?

 

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Posted June 08, 2013 - 12:37 AM

Hi slime and welcome to GTT.

 

With some practice, the gear drive can be shifted on the fly - I don't know, how often you've been sitting on a tractor.

 

Now I can only tell, what's happening when I'm driving w/ my 112. If you're using the break, the clutch is depressed automatically. Using the foot pedal, first section (at the 112) is clutch, second brake and third you need for fixing the brake. But my GT is 20+ years older then yours...

 

If I need information for my german Deeres, I send an email to the work archive. Maybe you can get infos from Horicon, too. And here you'll find the adress to KOHLER.ENGINES.

 

If you don't find here, the OM can be ordered at John Deere by your JD-dealer. It's not so expensive (~ 17 EURO in europe).

 

But let's wait, what the other (real) JD guys have to say!  ildeere.gif

 

And here's a fine video about starting, riding, shifting on the fly and mowing.


Edited by jd.rasentrac, June 08, 2013 - 02:57 AM.

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Posted June 08, 2013 - 04:09 AM

It either has a Small Peerless or Spicer Transaxle depending on batch number.I would not Shift on the Fly.These transaxles can take Some abuse but shifting on the fly will cause problems like bent or broken shift fork and prematurely worn or broken gears.

 

Press the clutch in the whole way and stop,then select the next gear that you want and slowly let the clutch out.


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Posted June 08, 2013 - 07:04 AM

Welcome to GTTalk   hope you  enjoy your  JD


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Posted June 09, 2013 - 07:23 PM

Thanks for the help, everyone.






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