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#1 maddhorse OFFLINE  

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Posted July 10, 2011 - 04:12 PM

IMG_0743.jpg I have spent alot of time and a few bucks getting her running and chasing down atachements. she needs cosmetics but I like her even without make up.
I have question about the transaxle I have read both ATF and 90w oil wich should i use? And I stopped leaving the cover on my deck as I noticed a build up of debris undeneath. Any comments? I also left the left side panel off as getting to the pto when a mower belt or other attachments jump it saves time and fustration.
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Posted July 10, 2011 - 04:20 PM

i have the covers for both my 318 and 400 but i dont keep them on . seem like you mow a few times and they are full of dust and grass and i wash mine every other time i mow so then it gets wet and that cant be good for anything

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Posted July 10, 2011 - 07:00 PM

Most JD. owners leave the belt covers off to keep the top of the deck clean. Thats a good looking 212 you got there. Congrats......

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Posted July 10, 2011 - 08:55 PM

Good looking 212 there. I also agree about leaving the covers off. Just blow off with air once in a while.

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Posted July 10, 2011 - 09:28 PM

I agree on the nice looking 212. One suggestion though, but I'm sure you probably already know, be sure to run your tractor and mower deck for a while after you wash them. This will help dry out the belts and bearings, so that dry rot and rust don't take over.

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Posted July 11, 2011 - 05:49 AM

If I remember right my 318 w/50" deck had a center cover which I removed years ago and the 2 outer ones I trimed the sides a little so I can clean the pulleys out better , still isn't an easy job .

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Posted July 11, 2011 - 06:57 AM

Nice looking GT! As for the oil, you'd better check the manual or ask someone with a manual to look up what is suggested.

Thanks for the pics.

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Posted July 11, 2011 - 07:56 AM

Welcome Maddhorse. Thats a solid looking tractor. The service manual for the 200 series is in the manuals section. Download it and you will probably have the answer to the oil question. Typically the 90w would go in a manual trans. and the ATF in a hydrostatic drive.




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