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#16 Jehtro OFFLINE  

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Posted October 14, 2011 - 08:35 AM

I had a RX75, hard to work on, but the bagger was just amazin, would pickup anything off the lawn.

I couldn't stand the tractor so I sold it. but I sure do miss the bagger.

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Posted October 15, 2011 - 07:25 AM

Kenny, my son and I purchased a model 68 for 60 bucks for a winter project but we can't find many forums or info on the web to get him started. As an owner, do you have any advice?

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Posted October 15, 2011 - 07:46 AM

About two months ago BIL asked if i wanted a J.D. RER that was in his back yard. He said it only needed a couple of tires and maybe a carb clean but he just didn't use it since he bought his new Kubota. It was driven out back [the Kubota took its inside space] and he was tired of mowing around it so if I didn't want it, the Deere was going back to China.
I suppose someone could have saved it once he threw it out at the scrap yard.
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Posted March 17, 2017 - 10:45 AM

I'm here! I have a 1983 or 84 John Deere R72 that I can't figure how to adjust the PTO spring thingy under the mower? The blades want to slowly turn when PTO is off.

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Posted March 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Didn't know what an RER was until I got to the fifth post. Don



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Posted March 17, 2017 - 12:03 PM

I'm here! I have a 1983 or 84 John Deere R72 that I can't figure how to adjust the PTO spring thingy under the mower? The blades want to slowly turn when PTO is off.

check for a brake on the deck pulley,it's supposed to engage when the pto is disengaged
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Posted March 17, 2017 - 02:24 PM

R70 and 72's came with a little motorcycle battery under the seat. I put on several of the mod kits that added a garden tractor size battery to the outside. You can tell, 'cause the battery now covers the decal. That little battery didn't cut the mustard for very long, and they just died.

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Posted March 17, 2017 - 04:17 PM

I want to turn one of them in to a mini road grader. It'd be perfect with it already being rear engine.

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Posted March 17, 2017 - 07:54 PM

check for a brake on the deck pulley,it's supposed to engage when the pto is disengaged


Yah mine broke off an had machine shop weld it back. It seems to be in right location but doesn't put enough pressure on the belt to stop it. It appears there is a spring loaded rod that u can adjust, but I'm waiting on a R72 tech manual to make sure. Have u any experience with adjusting the spring loaded rod?

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Posted March 17, 2017 - 08:16 PM

The more you compress the spring the more pressure it applies,the belt has to be loose or it will try to climb on the drive pulley,check belt guides for proper placement or possibly missing,the belt should about fall off the drive pulley when disengaged,the guides keep it from doing this

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Posted March 17, 2017 - 09:30 PM

The more you compress the spring the more pressure it applies,the belt has to be loose or it will try to climb on the drive pulley,check belt guides for proper placement or possibly missing,the belt should about fall off the drive pulley when disengaged,the guides keep it from doing this


Mine wants to throw the belt off sometimes when I engage PTO.

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Posted March 17, 2017 - 09:56 PM

Sometimes people bend or leave off these guides,a tiny bit shorter belt is then used to compensate,something is wrong in this area as the belt should not come off at all with guides in place

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Posted April 07, 2017 - 09:01 PM

I have a soft spot for rer's. I mowed ~10 lawns a year every year from when I was 11 to 16 years old. It was an old wore out 1975 snapper comet with the gas tank out where the tree branches would grab it and knock it off. I put a set of points and a rear axle (catwalks with the bagger full bad idea) in it the whole time I owned it. Friend of mine has 2 68's in his yard he said I could have. 1 runs, 1 doesn't. I like 66,68, and the s92 the best out of the Deere rer's.
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