All four wheels are off and new tires are ordered.
Got the last stubborn brake slide pin/bolt removed.
Disassembled the hydraulics control box, found much of friction material on the LH plate to be consumed, so I'll need to "reline" or replace that.
Disassembled much of the steering linkage and removed the spindles. Slop appears to be associated with something other than the spindles or linkage ends. I'll keep digging.
Seeing as though the brakes won't see *heavy* use, I may attempt to purchase new lining material and attempt to reline using a metal adhesive before I take them somewhere (or buy new). Same goes for the speed control friction plates.
Since I've come this far and I need to disassemble the main shaft to replace the hydro fan, I think I'm going pretty much gut the frame and clean everything so I can more nearly start from blank slate for maintenance and more easily check for leaks. Currently, most surfaces are caked with an 1/8th inch or more of grease and dirt.
We are in nearly the same boat. I was mostly looking for a heavy-duty snow removal machine, but we would like to put in a nice sized vegetable garden next year, so the tiller will be handy. I suspect it'll be used twice a year, maybe a bit more if a neighbor or family needs something similar done.
I'd like to find a snow blower for one of my Ariens tractors....a tiller would be nice just to have but would not actually use that very much. (unless I find a house with a lot more green space)
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Edited by distephano, September 10, 2017 - 08:28 PM.