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#121 daytime dave OFFLINE  

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Posted January 21, 2012 - 12:08 AM

That is a nice blade Doug. It will do a nice job. I'm thinking about getting a blade, but I haven't done more than think about it so far.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 08:12 PM

Update
Figured it was time for an update, haven't done to much with it lately.
Today was a super nice day and I decided to mess with it a bit.

Tested the mower deck and found only 1 of the 3 motors work and that one doesn't sound very good at all, this is one attachment I plan to use so it needs to be in good working order which right now it's not.

Tested the lift and found it only works 1 direction, up, doesn't want to go down.

Tested the snow blower and it works, sounds good, I've heard other peoples blowers running on You Tube and mine sounds as good as any of them, guess I got lucky on this attachment. I don't think it has had much use.

I also found 2 wires hanging down near the right side where the fwd-rev and cruise switches are, these wires are small and have small spade connectors on them. Can't see where they go, they have #s on them so I'll have to trace them.
The cruise, fast-slow and fwd-rev switches work.

Time to clear out a spot in the shop and get working on this thing.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 08:36 PM

Doug, be careful, mine is still apart mostly.....

Hope you can get the motors resolved and the wiring sorted out.

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Posted March 12, 2012 - 09:04 AM

Sorry to hear yours has a few issues Doug. They are really a nice mower. I hope those issues are an easy fix once you get looking at them. Good luck.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 08:09 PM

UPDATE

Today I spent some time on this tractor, haven't done much with it for a while now.
Tried to figure out why the lift only works 1 direction, didn't have much luck there but I did find some loose connections on the main disconnect switch, tightened them up and went for a drive.
Runs much better now, faster, quicker, drove it for a good 1/2 hr 45min. Put my hand on the toaster cover and could fell the heat coming off of it.
It has more guts and speed than the E12 does. Both tractors feel heavy when you drive them.
The best thing about both these tractors is there working, not 100% yet, but there both fixable.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 08:21 PM

Good to hear you're making some progress on this one Doug.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 08:21 PM

I'm betting the deck motors just have stuck brush holders, and corrosion. If the lift works one direction, then it must be a switch/connection problem, being the motor uses the same brushes & all for both forward & reverse. The switch (as I'm sure you know) just reverses polarity.

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Posted August 13, 2012 - 10:20 PM

I'm betting the deck motors just have stuck brush holders, and corrosion. If the lift works one direction, then it must be a switch/connection problem, being the motor uses the same brushes & all for both forward & reverse. The switch (as I'm sure you know) just reverses polarity.


Took apart 1 of the deck motors and found stiff brushes and bearings, top bearing a little rough, bottom one smooth.
Looks like moisture, water works it's way into the motor and messes up the top where the brushes are.
Brushes look good don't know what a new one looks like but these don't seem to be worn down too much.
Picked up some new bearings today both top and bottom cost $15. for the pair, $45. replaces all the motor bearings in this deck.
So the plan is to replace all bearings and clean up all the brush holders and whatever else needs to be done, hopefully this will give me a good working mower.
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Posted August 16, 2012 - 09:51 PM

Finally got all 3 motors cleaned up, freed up the brushes 2 motors had stuck brushes, changed all the bearings, put back together and tested at 12volts. They all work.
Next is to get it mounted and cut some grass.

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Posted August 17, 2012 - 09:42 PM

Tonight in the dark I cut some grass with the EGT200 and it's mower for about 1/2hr. :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:
Grass is long, wet with dew, the tractor was in 2nd or L, running in 2nd+3rd speed and it seemed to do the job. So quiet compared to a gas powered lawn tractor.
Of course I can't really see how good of a job it did, have to wait till daylight to know that.
But today was the first time this tractor has done some work in god knows how long.

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 04:57 AM

Doug, that is great news to hear! Glad you have it mowing again. Waiting for the pics!

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 06:57 PM

Today I cut some grass with this thing and it works. I ran the tractor on and off for 3hrs total, mowing the lawn on a single charge. Still have some problems to deal with, mainly the drive motors power level, sometimes the tractor pulls good, sometimes it doesn't.
The tractor is original, and I want to try to keep it that way, going to fix the factory speed controls so it drives good all the time.
I notice the tractor has motor braking, when you drive along in top gear, full speed and lift your foot of the pedal, it slows down quick.
Same for the blades on the mower deck, turn the switch off, they stop right away.
I like this thing.


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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:47 PM

TEAR DOWN TIME

Today's job was to disassemble the tractor for repainting and repair.
In some spots the tractor is almost like new and other spots rusted away to nothing.
It is more rusty that I thought, frame needs to be repaired and beefed up. The rear battery box has mutable rust holes in it. One of the side panels also has rust holes in it. The metal that the toaster, charger control is mounted on is rusted away at the bottom also.
I had to cut the steering shaft to get the steering wheel off, I tried a bearing separator with a puller but had no luck. I have another shaft for it that I bought a while ago because the gear on the bottom of it has broken teeth.
The wiring looks to be original and in good shape, only a couple of spots where it has been repaired.
Transaxle has a bad input shaft bearing where the double pulleys mount.
The brake disc is not attached to the shaft it's mounted on, spins freely on it, no brakes on this tractor right now.
This was a learning experience for me today about these tractors.
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 03:14 PM

Looks like you have something to keep you occupied for a bit>
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 04:01 PM

Doug, That thing is impressive. I can't believe how well it mowed and how nice the yard looked after you got done. I hope your restore goes smoothly and am waiting on a update. Nice Job!! :thumbs:

I just may have to watch for a Red one of those. :laughingteeth:
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