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#1 ericjr16 ONLINE  

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 09:39 PM

Hi guys, we picked this tractor up with a issue with the transaxle. It would "skip" like the pulley was stripped or belt slipped. We checked all that and fluid to no avail. We let it sit for a bit. Today was the day to see what it was. We have a hydro from a junk Craftsman , different though. It would take a lot of fab and new parts. Dad decided to inspect the old one and see what is wrong! We haven't really messed too much with them, other than swap a few.

Well turned out the PO must have used the bypass with engine on and stripped the collar somewhat and hurt the main gear from hydro unit the gear case.

Dad took a Dremel and cleaned up the collar and gear and got them to mesh better, also saw that collar could be reversed so good splines are in use more. Put it all back together and works well!! YEA! Thank God!

I decided to buff/detail it. Now all it needs is blades and maybe a deck paint.

Long day in garage for sure!

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What it looked like fresh out.

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Gears were in good shape!

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The issue is the collar splines and shaft.

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Nice design of the hydro unit separate!

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Deck is not too bad, blades are shot! The unit has a bagger with stock flat blades?? They look like normal to me anyway? Ordered new.

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Just got the trans back in! Was checking out bottom since deck is off!

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What one side looked like with hand rub only!

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Took lens out of headlights and waxed then also.

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Buffed the seat pan.

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Low hours!!

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 09:56 PM

thats a nice lift. where did you get it?



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Posted March 02, 2014 - 10:27 PM

Good looking YT, nice you and Dad were able to give it new life.

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Posted March 03, 2014 - 07:51 AM

Yeah, on the lift. Looks like an ATV lift, yet bigger than most. Yours has bigger wider runners than most. What brand and where purchase?  I got a big Cycle lift and hardly use it. Almost too big.  Yours looks more GT sized and you can get closer to it, plus is open underneath to do things if needed.



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 09:20 AM

That's a decent looking tractor, great job on the fix.

I have a Troybilt I need to find a tranny for, "constant velocity" tranny of some sort. My BIL's -FIL back into a concrete porh, busted housing, then kept mowing. Doubt I can even use it for parts.



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 09:47 AM

Great job!!! I'm glad you were able to save it!



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Posted March 03, 2014 - 06:13 PM

Thanks guys! We still have to run it a lot to make sure it is fixed!

The lift is actually a auto lift that happened to be right size to be a roll on for tractors. I was a auto tech for many years and always wanted a lift. We could not get the size garage we wanted built on this spot, so this is a portable mid raise lift. http://www.bendpak.c...fts/md-6xp.aspx

We paid about $2,000 for it with free shipping. We made a large concrete pad for using it to full height. It has a 6000# capacity, so can handle dad's truck too!

Dad's truck.

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My car.

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Posted March 03, 2014 - 06:15 PM

That's a decent looking tractor, great job on the fix.

I have a Troybilt I need to find a tranny for, "constant velocity" tranny of some sort. My BIL's -FIL back into a concrete porh, busted housing, then kept mowing. Doubt I can even use it for parts.

Tahoe, wish I knew, I threw out one of those transaxles! We made my sister's in law a new tractor and scrapped out the old Troy-Bilt!



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Posted March 04, 2014 - 08:28 PM

We decided to use the tractor quite a bit in the next few weeks to verify it is truly fixed! God willing it is.

Hard to tell with the little use we can do in this weather!



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Posted March 05, 2014 - 09:06 AM

Tahoe, wish I knew, I threw out one of those transaxles! We made my sister's in law a new tractor and scrapped out the old Troy-Bilt!

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Posted March 05, 2014 - 10:17 AM

I don't mean to hijack the thread but I have a craftsman mower that the left wheel and axle came out, I assume its a broken c-clip. Seems like an easy fix. But I heard that once you crack one of these hydostatic axles open that its wont ever be the same. Is this true? I hope that your repair works out, because I don't want to buy into another transaxle if I could also open mine up and just replace the clip.

 

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Posted March 05, 2014 - 10:27 AM

I don't mean to hijack the thread but I have a craftsman mower that the left wheel and axle came out, I assume its a broken c-clip. Seems like an easy fix. But I heard that once you crack one of these hydostatic axles open that its wont ever be the same. Is this true? I hope that your repair works out, because I don't want to buy into another transaxle if I could also open mine up and just replace the clip.

 

thanks , this is my first post but I am a long time browser, love the forum

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Posted March 06, 2014 - 07:12 AM

I don't mean to hijack the thread but I have a craftsman mower that the left wheel and axle came out, I assume its a broken c-clip. Seems like an easy fix. But I heard that once you crack one of these hydostatic axles open that its wont ever be the same. Is this true? I hope that your repair works out, because I don't want to buy into another transaxle if I could also open mine up and just replace the clip.
 
thanks , this is my first post but I am a long time browser, love the forum

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I've never had one open myself, but I have to believe if everything gets put back where it should be, you will be OK. Take lots of pictures so you can reassemble easier. I guess it can't get any worse than having an axel hanging out, so go for it.

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Posted March 08, 2014 - 06:22 PM

We took it out for some more testing and use. So far so good. Installed the deck with new blades and the bagger it came with. The added weight should help find any issues. Going up hill with ease now! No skipping detected!! YAY! Thank God!

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Posted March 08, 2014 - 09:58 PM

Good to hear! Nice Craftsman!




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