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#1 tinbender7 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:16 PM

was mowing today and came around front of wife's car up to a blind fence and the clutch/brake idler broke.Before I could react I was into the fence. Broke the fence and cracked the upper grille panel that I was so proud of it's condition. I got out the JD and finished mowing and then took the Sears apart to see whet had happened, the pictures tell the story, just have to find a replacement part

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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:21 PM

Ouch! That hurt more than just pride! Hope you can fix it all!


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:24 PM

Ouch! That hurt more than just pride! Hope you can fix it all!

hopefully I can fix it all, the fence , and finding the part will be the hardest


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:42 PM

Now that sucks! Feeling helpless knowing just along for the ride , has to help you didn't get hurt , no one else did and it wasn't your fault.

I had redone a Bolens HT23 , lots of new parts including brakes and paint, never adjusted the brakes (forgot) had it sold , put it in neutral pushed it out off garage as he was pulling in (naturally, right) out of garage is down hill, both sides of drive occupied with vehicles of course my wife's brand new Yukon XL was in front about six or so feet from overhead door, I got the 23 rolling cleared the door applied the brake, funny how in a split second I suddenly remembered I never adjusted the brakes.. and.. well.. Yup you can say dumb azz, my wife did and so'd my buddy who was buying the tractor
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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:43 PM

I'm trying to picture how that fit in the tractor. Might be a item more folks need to pay attention to.


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:52 PM

>tsk< A guy just can never have anything nice for himself.


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:55 PM

A good welder can repair that no problem if it's just that broken piece and it not twisted. If you need those services be happy to help, just send me a PM
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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:57 PM

I'm trying to picture how that fit in the tractor. Might be a item more folks need to pay attention to.

it bolts to side of the tractor inline with pulley for the drive belt,and when you push the brake/clutch pedal it takes the pressure off the belt and pushes the brake, the bottom flange broke off, leaving the belt tight and in gear. I also found out how fast those AG tires can dig a hole



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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:58 PM

A good welder can repair that no problem if it's just that broken piece and it not twisted. If you need those services be happy to help, just send me a PM

I wondered about that, I will talk to my local welder Mon.



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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:59 PM

It could have been a lot worse.
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Posted June 13, 2015 - 08:30 PM

Man that stinks. I be met that bracket csn be welded. I think Larry had his break on his new roper.
I feel your pain. I fixed my nose, neighbor hit it with some bondo, smooth as silk in primer. I caught a low hanging tree limb, before I could react, it busted the nose worse than before.
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Posted June 13, 2015 - 08:57 PM

That is a bummer. At least no one was in the path.
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Posted June 13, 2015 - 10:39 PM

The clutch idler bracket was broken the same way on my "Old Girl" It was welded previously and I had it welded again. Mine seems to be working fine, but now I am concerned. If it breaks there is no way to stop the tractor unless you shut it down. Looks like yours tried real hard to take that fence out. 


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Posted June 14, 2015 - 09:45 AM

Yes Kenny, The Clutch idler bracket could be a real issue. The Sears folks may have more insight if this is a common issue. I only recently became familiar with this type of machine. It may be just a fluke failure but I am now more concerned sense mine has been welded twice. You really wouldn't notice the broken bracket until you tried to de-clutch. Much like hitting the brakes and the pedal goes to the floor!, The big difference, the engine is still engaged.  

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Posted June 14, 2015 - 09:49 AM

Tinbender, Could a good fiberglass repair work? If this was mine I would probably seek out a good car body shop and see what they could do. I cringe to think of that happening with me.






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