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#1 ng4thraider OFFLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2011 - 06:49 PM

Hi everyone.
This has been big year for me, got engaged in february, bought a house in june, and a JD 210 in july. I never owned a mower before but I knew I wanted an older JD. I looked online for tractors in my area and on ebay. I bid on two 210's and a 212, all three went over 900 dollars. I checked ebay and craigslist everyday looking for a deal, well I found a 210 on ebay with a buy it now price of 675. I committed to buy it!

The tractor was 60 miles from me and I had to borrow my fathers truck to pick it up. I got there and the guy had john deere mowers everywhere. He started it up and turned on the blades and everything seemed to work just fine. He said everything works except the headlights and a bad choke cable. (keep in mind I have never owned a mower before.) I took it home and mowed my fathers yard with it. The tractor ran beautifully and mowed nice and even. I had a concern with the fact that the amp meter was not reading anything, but other than that all was well(so I thought).

I decided to go to Tractor Supply and pick up a new amp meter. I got home, installed it and still no charge on the meter. So I started to inspect the wiring on this tractor and through the help of the manuals on this site, determined that this tractor has an electric pto wireing harness and a manual pto. The pto switch was wired to the lights and if the lights were on it would not start. So I went though and rewired the tractor the best I could with the wire diagram for a manual PTO. While I was wiring I decided I didnt like the reflectors on the back and replaced them with lights.

Finally after getting the wiring done still no charge on the meter. I was really worrying at this point about having to replace a stator. Luckily It was the ~$50 voltage regulator. Well shes charging now and I think she will last me quite a long time. Thanks to this forum and its resources I can tell my fiance that I did not waste over 700 dollars on a tractor that doesnt work.
Thanks everyone.

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Posted July 14, 2011 - 07:28 PM

:wave: ng4thraider Welcome to GTTalk! It's great to have you with us! We appreciate the gratitude! Glad that we were able to help! We hope that you will continue to enjoy the forum and stop by often.
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Posted July 14, 2011 - 07:42 PM

Glad all worked out well and equally glad you enjoy GTT!
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Posted July 14, 2011 - 10:55 PM

Sounds like you got $700 of enjoyment and education already.

Glad we were able to help! How bout some pics of your baby?

Edited by MH81, July 15, 2011 - 05:11 PM.

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 05:26 AM

Welcome and glad you got it sorted out. The manuals are a big help with troubleshooting.
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Posted July 15, 2011 - 05:28 AM

:welcometogttalk: Glad you were able to get your tractor running right. Lots of info and help when needed. Hang around some more, and you'll meet some great people who share your interest in GT's.

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 05:40 AM

Very nice troubleshooting on your first garden tractor. Welcome to GTtalk. You know they don't stop at one........ :D

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 07:11 AM

Thanks for the welcome here is some pics for your viewing pleasure.

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The tail lights i purchased from Tractor Supply required no drilling because the mounting holes line up perfectly with the present holes in the fender.

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 05:12 PM

I just realized I didn't say congrats on getting engaged, the house, etc.

Sorry, I guess after 15 years of marriage... Well, you know :laughingteeth:

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 05:45 PM

welcome, nice looking tractor, glad you got it all worked out. and congrats on the big year

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 06:51 PM

I just realized I didn't say congrats on getting engaged, the house, etc.

Sorry, I guess after 15 years of marriage... Well, you know :laughingteeth:


Alan, he hasn't a clue yet, but he will! :bigrofl: Seriously though, congrats on the engagement. Hope your marriage is life-long & prosperous! I have a wonderful wife and I try to show her appreciation for all she does for/with me. Most wives are like our garden tractors, take care of them, and they will take care of you!:thumbs:

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 07:38 PM

Most wives are like our garden tractors, take care of them, and they will take care of you!:thumbs:


Hmmm, Yeah, that'll be the day, when she cuts the lawn.:D

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 07:58 PM

Hmmm, Yeah, that'll be the day, when she cuts the lawn.:D


My wife does the smaller sections with a push mower where the tractors are too large to mow them! :thumbs:

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 08:07 PM

My wife does the smaller sections with a push mower where the tractors are too large to mow them! :thumbs:



Plant more trees, and make more rock gardens.
Soon you'll be at the point, that you'll never have to go near the lawn. LOL

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Posted July 15, 2011 - 10:08 PM

Very nice machine. Welcome and thanks for posting the pictures
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