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Posted December 10, 2017 - 05:18 PM

Ok, got things moved around to start on RED's winter service. Put new tires on the front already. While removing the deck I noticed a bracket that needs tack welded, and the grass shield needs repaired along with the normal cleaning and blade sharpening, deck belts and mandrills are good. May need to work on the idler bracket bushing. Pulled the Gas tank after draining 2 gallons (needed to do this to fill the transaxle with "00" grease. Inspected the drive belt. It looks good, so I won't be pulling the PTO this year. Biggest thing will be re-setting the steering, it turns too sharp left, and not enough right. Still not much slop after working on it last year. Grandson and his Uncle still working on the Game system.

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Posted December 10, 2017 - 05:59 PM

As often as you tear these down, I would think a 1/4" drive would take care of things! LOL.


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Posted December 10, 2017 - 06:14 PM

As often as you tear these down, I would think a 1/4" drive would take care of things! LOL.

Well,  They are Crapsmans.   :poke:


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Posted December 10, 2017 - 06:26 PM

And still going strong after 28 Years of severe use. I think you might even get 10 Years from a "New" box store one if you do a detailed service once a year.


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Posted December 10, 2017 - 07:17 PM

Funny how you do a winter service down south, I do a fall service here, right at that little slump after the grass stops growing and I have moved my fire wood. Then its back to work for the winter and its the hardest work they see all year. After that its my spring service or aka mud season service. 



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Posted December 10, 2017 - 07:58 PM

Winter here Dec-Feb is pretty dormant. I still have to weed-eat around the house and sheds some, but for the most part all the grass is dormant. As for the Craftsman's they have been uber reliable with regular maintaince.  


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Posted December 10, 2017 - 08:53 PM

I'll have to pull the engine to correct the steering mis-alignment.


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Posted December 11, 2017 - 04:29 AM

The steering on them is the only complaint that I can think of other than having no access to the starter without pulling the engine and fuel pump reliability but those are Briggs Twin related problems. I had 2 with bad steering gears. Easy enough to fix. 

 

Overall I bet they will last just as long as an old Sears Suburban with decent maintenance. Those briggs twins will easily run between 1800-2200 hours before they start to get tired if you keep up with maintenance. 

 

My Neighbors 1984 Wheel Horse 312-8 has under 1300 hours on it and the engine is plum worn out. It had very poor maintenance. It has very very low compression. I had the head off and looked it over for him, she's done. Needs bored.   


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Posted December 16, 2017 - 07:02 PM

Pressure washed this morning. I think I'll live with the steering as is for now and fix it on next years service. Got all the parts for the winter service. Still need to wire brush under the deck, paint, and sharpen the blades.

 

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Posted December 17, 2017 - 07:09 PM

Productive day today, I added 3-1/2 funnels of “00” grease. Shifter has to be moved to locate a hole under the plug. Heating the “00” grease made adding a little quicker. Once that was done I installed the fender pan and new seat. Cleaned up the battery terminals, added new hardware and sprayed protector on them. New Air and Fuel filters installed. Changed the Oil, and Greased and lubed the steering components. Gaped the new spark plugs to 0.030 and installed. Used the Blood pressure monitor to push fuel into the filter. Trickle charged the battery, Took care of final checks and adjustments, and fired him up.  

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Now to finish the deck.

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Posted December 18, 2017 - 09:13 PM

Moved the Deck so I could get a closer look to evaluate it. Not a lot needs done.

 

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Posted December 22, 2017 - 08:37 AM

Worked some on RED, I decided not to bother anyone with welding this. I JBed it. Should hold fine, it is only a belt guard, no stress on it. Blades are sharpened and painted to prevent rust. All that is left to do is wire brush and paint the underside.

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Posted December 23, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Almost finished with RED, and I think I found why my internet has been slow.

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Posted December 23, 2017 - 02:04 PM

Have the younger generations been using up all the bandwidth?

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Posted December 23, 2017 - 05:29 PM

Yes, something about needing to get new drivers for a supercharged video card. Moved everyone out so I can finish the deck. Had to look up the blade torque, 30-35 so I went with 35 and new lock washers. Here is the difference between the 44" and 48" decks. Hulk II and BOH both have 44". I plan on using the 48" on them for backup mowing duties. Old Girls deck hasn't been installed for a while. and RED is ready!

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