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#16 Luke OFFLINE  

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 08:09 PM

I agree, with all your attachments and the condition of your tractor/mower looking at that picture you post I'd say you got a good deal for what you paid! Luke
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Posted July 27, 2013 - 07:08 AM

After 2 days of honeymoon with my tractor It is performing like the ones I've read about here. Mows great, (however one of the belts is too loose and keeps coming off) plows up the earth with ease. It does have an oil drip. I guess at her age shes allowed. Gonna try to find what is the cause. Overall I'm please but still. I'm in the honeymoon stage.

Can someone tell me why some have commented the mower decks aren't good. 


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Posted July 27, 2013 - 08:43 AM

 

Can someone tell me why some have commented the mower decks aren't good. 

 

Mostly just because of the NLA parts issue.  Timed decks do mow very well, but if ya can't get parts......


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Posted July 27, 2013 - 08:51 AM

Glad to see you've had the opportunity to play with your new toy a little! Kinda think you have answered your own question......you said it plows into the ground easy which was a common problem, snapper/Massey should have put a set of swivel caster gauge wheels on the outside front of deck to help that problem. Next your fighting your belt coming off......the belts can still be bought from any Massey dealer but you pulleys are NLA. With that cogged belt/pulley system you have to have the blades timed so the dont hit one another, that's fine til you find something solid hiding in your grass and hit it......will throw the whole deck off and have to be all re-timed again! That's why no one likes these decks! Very poor design!


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Posted July 27, 2013 - 01:56 PM

Oh no, I took mower deck off, removed the blades and sharpened them. I came in for lunch only to your post about mowing deck must be timed. Are there any instructions on this forum for timed decks? I did put blades back on and spaced them so they wouldn't meet each other. I'll wait for a reply before I hook deck back up

 

Glad to see you've had the opportunity to play with your new toy a little! Kinda think you have answered your own question......you said it plows into the ground easy which was a common problem, snapper/Massey should have put a set of swivel caster gauge wheels on the outside front of deck to help that problem. Next your fighting your belt coming off......the belts can still be bought from any Massey dealer but you pulleys are NLA. With that cogged belt/pulley system you have to have the blades timed so the dont hit one another, that's fine til you find something solid hiding in your grass and hit it......will throw the whole deck off and have to be all re-timed again! That's why no one likes these decks! Very poor design!


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Posted July 27, 2013 - 02:02 PM

Just place the blades so each one is 90 degrees to the one beside them.


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Posted July 27, 2013 - 02:31 PM

Just place the blades so each one is 90 degrees to the one beside them.

Thanks, wish all problems were this easy to fix...



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Posted July 27, 2013 - 04:07 PM

Do as olcowhand instructed......you'll be in good shape then! Luke
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Posted July 28, 2013 - 03:38 PM

Another question, What weight and brand of oil would you recommend and is the oil filter an in stock item at local auto parts. Thanks in advance.



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Posted July 28, 2013 - 03:54 PM

Always, always, always pay close attention to what olcowhand says.  He's amazingly well versed on these old GTs.  

 

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Posted July 28, 2013 - 03:55 PM

Another question, What weight and brand of oil would you recommend and is the oil filter an in stock item at local auto parts. Thanks in advance.

 

Wix oil filter 51348, or Fram PH3614.  Most all Onans specify 10w30 motor oil, but I use Shell Rotella 15w40 in all my engines.  Never let me down yet!


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