Back in March I thought I would start plowing for the spring garden season and I fired up the old Sears with the moldboard plow hooked up, ready to go.
I got to the plot, started plowing and got into a second row when the tractor wouldn't go forward anymore. Pulled up the plow and the tractor barely moved. Tried reverse and got the same thing. So, I turned it off and grabbed my Bolens and towed the Sears to the garage. What I found was not an easy fix (in my mind).
The drive pulley was wobbling all over and spinning on the right angle gearbox output shaft. The woodruff key was shot, the slot for the key in the shaft was worn and in the pulley.
Well, time to tear it all down and see if I can find replacement parts.
Once I got the gearbox removed and opened I can see it wasn't too hard to work on, but, can I find parts? Yes. I was lucky enough that the pulley, woodruff key and gear shaft were still in stock from Sears. Then I had to locate that special gear grease made by Peerless. Ugh.
So, it's all back together and working like a charm. Total cost of repair? $130.00+
I guess that is better than buying a junk MTD made today for a few thousand.