Posted May 22, 2018 - 08:13 AM
Clevis, Looking good man!!!! I went with Click-It and Stick It for the decals, Seemed to be a better match and quality was much nicer.
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Posted May 30, 2018 - 01:17 PM
Changed the hydro fluid and filter this last week. The transmission's been smooth since I got it running, but there's been a slight whine. Changing the fluid reduced the whine by 90%+.
The control valve is noisy though. When I got the tractor it had been sitting in the rain for years (have you heard we get a lot of rain in thePacNW?) and everything was rusted in place, especially the control valve. Both levers were frozen and it took several weeks of shooting penetrating oil down the cylinders everyday to get them loose. It doesn't surprise me that it's noisy now. Actually with every use it seems to be getting quieter. It functions alright, no leaks, just noisy when activated. I see on the parts list that Bolens sold a rebuild kit for it. Any threads here in rebuilding the control valve?
One other question - I'm running ATF-F in my HT20 and a J20C spec hydro oil in the HT23. There is one attachment that I might run on both, the front dozing blade which hooks up to the aux hydraulics. Any harm in the two tractors swapping a little spit through that blade?
Edited by Clevis, May 30, 2018 - 01:23 PM.
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Posted May 30, 2018 - 02:54 PM
ATF-F is that the Ford, with the grit in it? I thought it would be bad to run in it. Maybe my mistake.....Well, that last question...…..as long as the girls don't mind.
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Posted May 30, 2018 - 11:52 PM
Me & the HT - 0
Tonight I put the dozing blade on the front of the HT23 and headed to the corner of my property. We still have about an acre of blackberries (invasive) I need to clear. It did great. I've got a method - with a few passes back and forth it was taking down blackberry stands 6-8 feet tall, just pushes them right over for me to tidy up with the trimmer later. Much easier than using the trimmer alone.
After about 30 minutes of work I started smelling something hot. I pulled aside and looked the tractor up and down. I found a blackberry cane thicker than my thumb had grabbed the third PTO belt and pulled it halfway off the PTO pulley and wedged it against the belt guard. That put it under pressure from the engine stubshaft pulley and it was spinning and rubbing against the belt guard. Now those new PTO belts I put on 2 weeks ago aren't quite new anymore. I took it back to the shop and put the belts back in their proper position. I'll have to see how it performs with 2 & 1/2 belts.
Edited by Clevis, May 30, 2018 - 11:54 PM.
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Posted May 31, 2018 - 11:16 AM
Sorry to hear about the belt. It gave its all. LOL See, invasive blackberry I have Nubian goats and when they eat them, makes the milk sweeter. Maybe you just need a few goats!!
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