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Jerry    Posted 07-14-2018 at 18:19:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  • I had a really terrible day. I took my tractor and bush hog to my son's house to mow down his field. But it wasn't cutting. Well I added some oil to the gearbox and the bottom seal was bad so the oil ran right down the shaft. Apparently the only thing keeping the blades turning was friction as all the splines on the stump jumper were gone and when the oil got on the shaft the friction was gone. So no bush hogging today. So I was driving my tractor home and about a 1/4 mile from the house the tractor starts making a horrible noise and my oil pressure dropped to zero. So apparently I have reached my oil pump.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 07-15-2018 at 16:16:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • So you didn't check the oil on your 50 plus year old machine. . .S
    Your not the first. Now you have something to do for the rest of the season.
    How much NGLI 00 did you add to the 90W for the hog?
    You didn't?
    oops.
    As for the tractor, that takes open surgery inspection.
    Good Luck!!

    Jerry    Posted 07-16-2018 at 08:58:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Man, everybody wants to jump down my throat about not doing maintenance. Maybe I didn't explain it clearly. I have been great about checking the oil in the tractor since I bought it. I just recently (less than 10 hours of operation) did a complete oil and filter change.

    The bush hog. When I first got it home I admit I didn't check the oil in my excitement to get it running. I ran it a short time. I was getting ready to mow my son's field and I checked the oil. I added 90W to the gearbox until I could see it about 1/2 way up the horizontal shaft. What I didn't see was that it was leaking around the vertical shaft and down to the spline coupling on the stump jumper. The previous owner must have taken it apart and realized he didn't want to work on it that bad put it back together and listed it on craigslist. Yeah, it sucks He didn't tell me about it and it sucks that I didn't do a complete tear down of it before I used it to find all the problems. But I only paid $100 for it, A new spline for the stump jumper is $28.?? Even if the gear box is complete toast (it still rotates free and smooth) That's $150. So for $280 I have a bush hog. Try to find one for that price anywhere in middle Tennessee. I'm not mad at the seller, disappointed a little maybe but I still think I got a good deal.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 07-20-2018 at 12:36:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My response was also a reminder to myself to check the oil in her Fergy. 
    I try to remind her to check oil before each use of her riding mower. 
    Think THAT happens?  
    So, your not the first. 
    As for the Hog, you expected a cream puff of a used machine? And got disappointed? 
    Once again, your not the first. Adding John Deere corn head grease NGLI-00, to the gear box with bad seals slows down the leakage to a useable amount. 
    I usually add it to a zip lock bag with 90W- 50/50 mix more or less and cut the corner off the bag for a pour spout. 
    Next gear box should have good seals so no need to mix. 
    Surpluscenter.com might have a gear box for you.

    duey    Posted 07-15-2018 at 14:40:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Your post doesn't read like you are into equipment maintenance... But, hey, it is your stuff...

    Larry Holbrook    Posted 07-19-2018 at 09:49:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • When people post on here they are normally asking for help. Seems a lot of times people answer not real nicely. Everyone should just remember this. He who is without sin throw the first stone.

    Jerry    Posted 07-15-2018 at 16:12:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Actually I am. I just purchased the bush hog and it was a pre-existing condition. I had only run it just one time before I checked the oil in it as I was anxious to try the new toy. None of the chewed off splines we're left inside the connection so the previous owner obviously took it apart saw the problem and put it back together. I'm not mad though as I got it for $100. I can get a new well on spline coupler for $30 and new oil seal for less than $20. The oil pump was just it's time to go, I had just very recently less than 10 hours done a complete oil change on the tractor. I new it needed new gaskets I was just hoping they'd hang on until this winter.

    Frank (WNY)    Posted 07-15-2018 at 12:50:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Sounds like something that happened to me last week. I have the bush hog on jacks and managed to get the blades and the castle nut off. The stump jumper is no pretty tight. I have a piece of wood wedged between the rim and bottom of the deck, but it doesn't budge. Anyone share any tricks to get it off?

    Jerry    Posted 07-15-2018 at 16:15:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I didn't have any problems getting mine off but saw several videos where they did. The threads are not left handed. A propane torch is your friend. All the videos where they had problems ended up resorting to a torch and they generally came off in short order after that.

    Frank (WNY)    Posted 07-15-2018 at 18:29:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The blades are off and the castle nut that holds the blade holder or stump jumper to the gear box output shaft is also off. The only part that doesn't want to come off is where the splines meet. With all of the oil that ran down it, I am hoping that it won't take to much pounding to get it off.

    Frank (WNY)    Posted 07-15-2018 at 18:27:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The blades are off and the castle nut that holds the blade holder or stump jumper to the gear box output shaft is also off. The only part that doesn't want to come off is the splines. With all of the oil that ran down it, I am hoping that it won't take to much pounding to get it off.

    John in Mich    Posted 07-15-2018 at 14:13:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm not familiar with "stump jumper". But, by chance, might there be left hand threads?
    When I first bought my Woods RM600 finish mower, years ago, I had no manual for it. Fortunately, I found information on line and the bolts for the blades are all left hand threads.

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