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Posted April 09, 2011 - 09:09 PM

Finally was dry enough to roll the lawn.
Had to borrow the neighbors roller as mine needs repair.
Would have preferred to use the bigger roller but it did the job.


2 Things I learned today.
1: I have to make a brake drum assembly for this tractor (clutch takes about 10 seconds to stop spinning)
2: I need a carb rebuild kit

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Posted April 10, 2011 - 03:54 AM

looking good...i have the same problem with my 800...the 900 doesnt do it though...and i noticed it has a brake drum or something on the driveshaft

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Posted April 10, 2011 - 06:31 AM

All along I though someone had cut my 800's hood just to the left of the muffler cutout. Friday I went and looked at another 800 and noticed the same thing, and now yours Brian. Now Im assuming they are all this way, but why?

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Posted April 10, 2011 - 08:23 AM

looking good...i have the same problem with my 800...the 900 doesnt do it though...and i noticed it has a brake drum or something on the driveshaft


Yes, some early models came out of the factory without the brake drum on the driveshaft. After talking to Bruce about this he said that this was a problem area, and then later on they began adding brake drums to stop the shaft from spinning. I got the holes drilled already and now I got to switch the assembly's over from my Bolens 900 which is now a parts donor :D

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Posted April 10, 2011 - 08:29 AM

All along I though someone had cut my 800's hood just to the left of the muffler cutout. Friday I went and looked at another 800 and noticed the same thing, and now yours Brian. Now Im assuming they are all this way, but why?


I have seen many hoods cut out this way as well, but I dont think the tractors originally came out that way.
These 800's originally had the small mufflers on them that just barely stuck out of the half circle cut in the hood and my guess is that when people were replacing the mufflers with the larger ones the hood wouldnt close so they cut a slot in them.

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Posted April 10, 2011 - 02:16 PM

Yes, some early models came out of the factory without the brake drum on the driveshaft. After talking to Bruce about this he said that this was a problem area, and then later on they began adding brake drums to stop the shaft from spinning. I got the holes drilled already and now I got to switch the assembly's over from my Bolens 900 which is now a parts donor :D


I haven't been able to locate any of the parts bulletins or service bulletins which covered the early clutch problem. .......However, I just found something interesting on a 1966 price sheet.

There was a # 18206 Input Brake Kit (for 187-188-189 tractors) which listed for $2.50 and weighed 3 lbs.

This brake kit was listed with the accessories, and as far as I can tell, did not carry a part #.

I believe this may be the kit to add to the early tractors to stop the input shaft from spinning when the clutch is depressed.

Brian: Check your parts manual to see if you have a page for the #18206. (I don't.)
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Posted April 10, 2011 - 06:17 PM

I haven't been able to locate any of the parts bulletins or service bulletins which covered the early clutch problem. .......However, I just found something interesting on a 1966 price sheet.

There was a # 18206 Input Brake Kit (for 187-188-189 tractors) which listed for $2.50 and weighed 3 lbs.

This brake kit was listed with the accessories, and as far as I can tell, did not carry a part #.

I believe this may be the kit to add to the early tractors to stop the input shaft from spinning when the clutch is depressed.

Brian: Check your parts manual to see if you have a page for the #18206. (I don't.)


I kind of figured there may have been kits that you could add on. That would make sense because from what I have seen some of the early 800 models had them and some didnt.
I will check the parts manuals I have and see what I come up with

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 09:39 AM

I found nothing on this kit

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 08:01 PM

i cant find anything with this part number in my parts and service manual




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