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#1 vicamen18 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 18, 2015 - 09:12 PM

I'm starting to make plans for a springtime modification to 'Big John'. First, I know the implications include meaning I cannot use certain existing implements; I.e. snowthrower.

I want to think of taking the 23 hp Kohler Command Pro (vertical shaft, electric clutch) and the K66 Tuff Torg transaxle out of a mower and Install them in my John Deere 214.

I love 'Big John'. However, I now have issues with manual, gear transaxle (my hip and back). I want to make my tractor into a hydrostatic tractor.

I do not want to go out and buy what I want. I like to design and build and i have some parts available; just requires designing, fabrication, and installation. A friend helps me with the work.

Any research I do comes up nil. Has anyone ever thought of doing something like this? The engine and transaxle would be belt driven. If I can find a horizontal engine and hydro transaxle and do a shaft drive, that would be my preference but that means spending money. My first try will probably use what I have on hand.

This is a design question; not a 'should it be done' question. I appreciate your collective thoughts on the post.

Kevin

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Posted January 18, 2015 - 09:18 PM

The bigger question should be why hasn't it been done

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Posted January 18, 2015 - 11:38 PM

I'm not familiar with the JD214--does it have a vertical shaft engine and drive through a belt?

 

If not, I'd strongly recommend you find a Hydro rear end for your JD214...

 

I'm not a big fan of belt-driven garden tractors-especially the vertical shaft models because they have higher maintenance than a shaft drive, and the vertical shaft models are hard to get at to change belts, idler pulleys, etc.

 

That being said, I own a Sears GT16 and repowered a M-F 7 for my mom which she loves...

 

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Posted January 18, 2015 - 11:50 PM

you are going to have a lot of work making the changes

 

I would first look a getting a 140, 312, 314, 316 or 317

that way you can find the parts you need  for it and also get attachment to fit


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Posted January 19, 2015 - 12:57 PM

Good points. I think a shaft driven would be the best solution. I have experience with the IH Cub Cadet 149 that is hydrostatic and shaft drive. It also has disc brakes. Unfortunately, I don't have those parts. I am seeing if it is viable for a vertical shaft, belt drive to a hydro transaxle.

Thanks for the ideas.

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Posted January 19, 2015 - 01:43 PM

I see two tractors tossed aside and hacked and worth little in future. Go get a 300 series already hydro OR another brand and sell these other two. Money from sales, should get you started on buying another workable rig.

 

Someone just posted a 317 available for $650, that is cheap and good buy.


Edited by glgrumpy, January 19, 2015 - 03:26 PM.

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Posted January 20, 2015 - 03:05 PM

You are right, of course, GLGRUMPY. I just like to design and make the solution without dropping a lot of cash. I will pick an easier modification for the immediate future; which leads me to this...I purchased a 1997 John Deere GT 275 today. It needs some attention. The PO said a valve was sticking which caused it to smoke. I'm not a mechanic and am starting to research the issue. I want to treat the valve before trying to start it.

So...I will keep Big John intact and my Sabre will stay intact as well.

The good thing about this is that my herd has now grown to 4:)

Pictures are on the way.
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Posted January 21, 2015 - 08:59 AM

Good morning. Some pictures of the JD GT275 while it is still on the truck. It will need a cleaning and then fluid check. I figured out how to adjust the valves. Just testing the electrical I discovered the dash shows power but there is no crank. That means somewhere there may be a shutoff that preventing the starter from working, I'll have the multimeter on it in a few days.

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Posted January 21, 2015 - 10:37 AM

Good luck with it!!!


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