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Posted September 29, 2013 - 08:34 AM

Got back from Wisconsin around 6 and the yard was finally green enough to mow. The Jacosen got the nod and made it about 10 minutes before the Eaton 11 ate it's baby pigs. It is shelled. The transmission shuddered a bit, then wouldn't move. (Never done that before) Everything checked out fine before I started: fluid levels, etc. As I throttled down and was reaching for the key, the pump locked, and the driveshaft broke. Dead soldier. After doing research this morning, I will probably part it out.

I got the Bolens G152 out to drag the Jacobsen back to the shed. The G152 does a great job of mowing, but the 48" deck isn't near as fast as the Jake's 72". Nor does it trim as well, due to the guide wheels being mounted outward of the actual deck. But, that only lasted about 15 minutes when something snapped in the steering column. I now have to turn the wheel a full turn before the wheels start to turn. It also clicks when turned to the right. I will tear that apart after church, the Vikings are going to have to lose without my support today.

More updates as I tear into stuff today.
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Posted September 29, 2013 - 08:36 AM

Geez, not a good day to say the least!  Hope things improve this afternoon.



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Posted September 29, 2013 - 08:40 AM

Man, that sucks. I hope the Bolens is a simple fix at least.

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Posted September 29, 2013 - 08:49 AM

NOOOOOo !!!! Boy that stinks.



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Posted September 29, 2013 - 09:10 AM

That stinks Scott. Hope you can take care of the problems without major $$ or time.

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Posted September 29, 2013 - 09:19 AM

Boy when it rain you get dumped on--sorry about that. Hope all the problems are fairly easy fixes.  

 

 

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Posted September 29, 2013 - 09:38 AM

It seems that when one tractor is going to get attention, the others get jealous and compete for attention too. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted September 29, 2013 - 09:40 AM

Eaton 11's are plentiful, check out our sponsors! Be nice to keep the Jake going!


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Posted September 29, 2013 - 11:30 AM

The steering shaft is threaded (spiral) at the bottom. Along that portion, there is a block that has three teeth on it that engage the bevel gear that goes out the side.

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The bottom of that shaft is supposed to be sitting on a bearing. I think. At least that what the remnants look like in there.

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What I need to finger out is what holds the shaft in place down there. And what size bearing, of course.
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Posted September 29, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Don't know if they are still available, but proves some deals are out there.

http://parkersburg.c...4086655477.html

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Posted September 29, 2013 - 02:27 PM

Bearing is 40 x 12 mm with a 17 mm shaft opening. On order from McMaster Carr. Also found the outer sleeve of the column had broken loose from the base and allowed some un-authorized movement. Time to fire up the wire feed.
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Posted September 29, 2013 - 03:32 PM

Glad you have this one on the fix list. I happen to have 2 complete rears that would fit the Jake, but shipping would be a killer!



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Posted September 29, 2013 - 04:22 PM

Well looks like more stuff needs to break to keep you from cheering on the Vikings :bigrofl:



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Posted September 29, 2013 - 04:37 PM

Is that how they play when he's got his back turned? Wow.... :rolling:



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Posted September 29, 2013 - 05:01 PM

The Jacobsen is still not completely diagnosed, but I'm thinking the input shaft of the Eaton is supposed to spin, not have a 1" wobble to it. It has an inch side to side, up and down, all over the place play, but won't spin either direction.
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