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Garden Tractors / Mowers / Scooters

Ya just got to love it

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Old 01-12-2019, 05:50:08 PM
Hubbie Hubbie is offline
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Here in central Indiana, it's been showing since early morning. So a couple of hours after lunch, I decided to go out and blow the snow off the driveway. Already have the blower and the chains on the tractor. Just need to put the weight on. Get all dressed up, out to the garage and start it up. All is good. Shovel off the walk. Get on the tractor and move it into possition. All is good. Flip the switch and the blower comes to life. All is good. I have a 86 Sears garden tractor with the 6 speed hi low transmission with the single stage 40" blower. I put it in low and second gear, let the clutch out and all is bad. I shut down everything as quick as possible. The drive belt broke and wrapped around the engine pulley. At least I was still in the garage. So then it took about an hour to replace the belt,fix the belt guide and reconnect the chock cable. What a pain in the butt. Well at least it is fixed and the driveway and walk is cleaned off. We are to get about 5-7" today. So far, we have hit the 5" mark. Ya just got to love it. Mike
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:58:42 PM
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hey...its ...winter...
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:25:04 AM
Peter Holmander Peter Holmander is offline
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I feel for you Mike, but in my life I've had similar experiences. Years ago I had three farm tractors. A John Deere Model 40, Ford 9N, and a Ford 8N. All were in decent shape with 6 volt systems. But every time I tried to use one of them, it would not start. Stupid stuff usually. Dirty ignition points, clogged fuel line, dead battery. I finally got sick of it and sold all of them. The Ford 8N had an optional 2 speed rear end in it. That tractor sold so fast I couldn't believe it. I took the money and put it down on a brand new New Holland hydrostatic drive tractor. Best investment I ever made. I keep the new machine in my barn and every time I go out there she starts right up. Have had it about 8 yrs and only had to replace the original battery. I hope the rest of the winter is trouble free for you !!!
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:13:29 AM
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My drive and yard isn't to big. I always used older fixer upper snowblowers, seems something would break at every outing. What should have taken an hour, usually took 3.
got pretty sick of it, went and bought a brand new one. I even keep it waxed, and it's trouble free. Feels good knowing it will work when needed.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:13:04 AM
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Last time I bought a brand new really good snow blower... they kept it and got rid of me. Last I heard they were still using it to keep the walks clear around my old base facility.
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