Tonight registered around 50 here in VA, so that put a stopper on any dream of throwing paint on my main projects. I spent far too long tonight fussing with my Simplicity 7116H that I traded in a week or so ago.
For the record, these large frame Simplicity rigs are excellent machines. I have had them before, but this is the first time I have really been able to study the design. They are simple, and they keep the ol' mechanic in mind. I like that combination.
The engine runs great, and the deck cuts grass, but the tractor moves very slow forwards and the hydraulic lift does not work.
I was not going to trade it at first since I was afraid the pump was toast, but then I realized that the linkages were the issue for the speed. The hydraulic lift issue seemed to have been a dirty filter and a bad relief cartridge.
I can buzz around in reverse all day long, but I can barely get a crawl out of fowards unless I pull up the fender pan and jam down the bracket with my hand. I studied the service manual, and it stresses that I have to have the pivot points free to move. I soaked everything in my favorite lubricant, Fluid Film, and that seemed to help, but not enough.
The speed control lever just doesn't pull the control bracket forward enough. The pump has plenty of power. With wheel weights and chains, that little guy can pull a barn down. But only at .005 miles per hour.
Looking at the pump, there is a helper spring pulling your swash plate in reverse, but nothing pulling it forwards. From comparing other pictures, that seems to be the norm.
Is there an adjustment I am too blind to see? Or am I missing something?