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#1 RMCIII OFFLINE  

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Posted September 27, 2016 - 06:11 PM

Good evening all:

 

So I just picked up a GT19 package deal. Comes with 60" deck, snowblower, cab, blade. I have never owned an Ariens before. What are problematic areas or concerns with the garden tractor? The engine had a complete rebuild 8yrs. ago and has only been used for snow duty during those 8yrs. So the oiling issue should really not be an issue for a while. What else?



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Posted September 27, 2016 - 08:15 PM

I would go through the service schedule in the manual it is pretty straight forward.

I'm sure someone on here can point you towards an online manual if your package didn't include a paper copy.


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Posted September 27, 2016 - 09:33 PM

The Ariens that I've seen were very good machines. I do not remember any problems. Check our Manuals Section for the manuals. Is the cab a "Curtis" brand steel roof cab? I have a couple that I bought from an Ariens owner. Post some pics. Do all of your oil changes now. Old oil will be acidic and eat at steel. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted September 27, 2016 - 10:09 PM

well, I have a GT19, have so far used it sparingly pushing snow last winter and since, as a tow mule around the yard, I got some work to do to it before the weather gets cold.....an oil seal, a starter bendix and some (yuk) wiring de-bugging


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Posted September 28, 2016 - 05:05 AM

As with any machine hitting the 3 decade mark. Hydraulic lines can leak, wiring can get rubbed through, linkages worn and loose. It depends on how hard it was run.
It sounds like you got a great package deal. Change the oil and run it. Worn parts will come to light then.
From what I can tell, Ariens bought components from other manufacturers like many others do. You can find the same components on other brand tractors from the same era.
Have fun with it and give us a few pics to drool over.

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Posted September 28, 2016 - 06:17 PM

Thanks for the input. That is what I thought, just wanting to hear from those who own them. Photos to be posted. 


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Posted October 11, 2016 - 01:43 PM

Here are a few photos. I'm looking to pick up the rear pto... Anyone have 1 they are no longer needing? Not looking for donations, will pay for it. 

 

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Posted October 11, 2016 - 04:35 PM

It looks like it was well taken care of. For the pto, I have seen them on eBay occasionally.
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Posted October 12, 2016 - 12:01 PM

I think I saw in another thread about a GT19 that the steering can be tightened up.. I noticed that mine is a little lose. The lose I speak of is it appears the axle itself has a little bit of play. I am guessing this needs to be addressed through the front PTO



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Posted October 12, 2016 - 03:19 PM

Just recently I had the front side of tube holder come loose. I took note of it when I couldn't turn as sharp. I think I would jack up the front and wiggle things to see what all might be loose.

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