Actually I sleep well at night knowing that I didn't drop a mint on my tractor. The money I didn't spend goes for the other stuff in life that actually counts, like food, clothing and shelter!! Not to mention that dreams of what my next $50 will be keep me happy and well rested!! J/K
After John Deere forcing GTT to take down the JD manuals, almost makes me wanna part this thing out to help prevent some new parts sales! But then I like to see tractors stay intact as much as possible.
Edited by olcowhand, November 02, 2011 - 09:57 AM. typo
The other thing about the manuals is all the copies you see for sale on line for stupid high prices. Higher than JD sells them for! They should be wiping those "for profit" copiers out before chasing us down.
Well, he just dropped it off a few minutes ago & WOW! Has an almost brand new set of Tru-Power 26x2x12 rears on it & near new fronts also.
Just got my jump box & fired her up. She runs great, no knocks at all, smooth as silk! Just a bit of rich black smoke, so carb needs adjusted. Heading out for video. Post later after feeding the cows.:dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana::dancingbanana:
That is a nice find! I had those true power 26x12/12's on my x475 when I had it. Nice tires. The lug spacing is closer than some of the other more aggressive AG's and they aren't as hard on lawns. Thats a big tire for that tractor. I'm sure you can find a use for those on one of your larger GT's.
Well, after warming up well, she does smoke, but how much is hard to tell till she's under a pull. A pretty good bit of smoke when opening the throttle. No smoke at idle. The trans input turns fine, but something is busted inside on the input shaft, as it won't even grind the gears. But I will likely repair that this winter.
All 4 tires will come off to be used on one of my larger tractors and OE sizes back on it. The rear Tru-Powers are like new, and are marked "Titan", so are new being Titan bought out Carlisle. Other than the trans repair, it needs just a few things, shift cover plate, one tail light lens, pto to deck belt....little stuff. The seat is faded, but no tears, just needs new webbing to fasten it back to the seat base.
Here's a video & some pics. Quite a deal for $50!
Actually, I truly DID asked him "are you sure $50 isenough, as these tires were worth much more by themselves". He said no, that he just wanted his money back! I would have felt bad, but even his wife said she was so glad just to get it out of the garage. They are really nice folks, and he even wanted to show his wife my Bush Hog D4-10 that I fully restored. He'd seen it a while back. He knew the 212 was worth more, but guess he just wanted to get it out of his way. He dropped it off on his way to get a Craftsman with an engine that WOULD work on his commercial walk behind mower. I did tell him if he came across other deals like that........he cut me off & said he'd drop them off for me! LOL I told him I would be fine with going after them!
Thats a pretty healthy looking 212. It looks like someone was planning on keeping that tractor. My guess is that after spending big $ on new tires the Tranny broke and whoever had it just decided not to mess with it. The transmissions do seem to be a problem area on the 200series. You should still be able to get parts for them. I think it's a Peerless IIRC.