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  1. 312-8 electrical woes

    My, my, aren't we pedantic. So, I can't ask questions, I just have to be a robot and take whatever as some kind of absolute? You have the wrong fella to make those kinds of demands. I'm supposed to go around in circles because somebody has a whim? I think you need to realize my asking questions is not some kid's exercise. If that's your feeling, jump off the train and let somebody else deal with my question with a bit of humility. You think I am challenging your knowledge by asking questions? How wrong you are.
  2. 312-8 electrical woes

    What are the real chances I have a "bad cable"? It's multi-filament, tough, wiry, and is not under mechanical stress. I'd also assume that IF the cable burned out between solenoid and starter terminal that there would be a melted spot along that cable between these 2 points.
  3. 312-8 electrical woes

    H How about putting a screwdriver between the purple wire that comes from the switch, through the fuse on the right side wall and the battery terminal +? This would allow the current to go through the solenoid to the starter terminal. If the starter does not run, it means it is defective. Not eloquent, but does it make any sense?
  4. 312-8 electrical woes

    Tractor model number is 312-8. Serial number is 1112K604 21306? not sure what these last 5 numbers mean. Part of serial# or something else?
  5. 312-8 electrical woes

    I've noticed that after turning the key "ON", then turning it "OFF", there is a ticking sound for upwards of 30 seconds, almost like a ticking clock sound. What could this be? I don't know where the sound is coming from.
  6. 312-8 electrical woes

    One part of this situation should address the observation that the tractor worked on Tuesday and no longer on Wednesday. It was a sudden occurrence. This factor seems to indicate that some possibilities can be eliminated immediately. There is virtually no reason to think the wires to and from the solenoid "suddenly broke" and then delivered no current to the starter. Are all "safety switches really necessary"? Can some be turned off? Would this help in diagnosis? What switches should be turned off and what should remain on to try and diagnose this problem of non-starting?
  7. 312-8 electrical woes

    All connections have been cleaned up. In connection with my hunch, I crossed the poles of the solenoid and got nothing. No spark, no start, nothing. Battery is virtually new and tested nearly 13V. Load test showed vitality. I replaced the ignition switch and air filter. I have not yet jumped the starter terminal. Should this be the next test I do?
  8. As a very recent new owner of a 312-8, I found the tractor starting and running well. Yesterday, on the 3rd day anniversary of ownership, I found the starter switch to be corroded and non-functional. The starter would not work at all. I replaced the starter switch and one of the fuses. Still nothing. All other switches appear to be good and functional. Could the solenoid be the culprit? I put in the new switch, feeling that would do the trick, but it did not. Nothing changed appreciably from about 4 days prior. It started well before, but nothing doing today. I checked all contacts to insure no rust and poor contacts. Would bet my bottom dollar on the solenoid, but I might have omitted inspection of some other wire or contact. What is the consensus on this starting problem?
  9. I ran and mowed with my new, to me, 312-8 today. Went about 20 minutes. Engine was then shut down for 15 minutes. Tried to start it again, nothing happened. Nothing. Is this characteristic of some well known problem with the engine or carburetor? Where do I start to diagnose this quirk? thanks While running, the engine at higher speeds and while just sitting still, was searching. Run, search, run, search. No adjustment seemed to make any difference.
  10. Growing Pains

    I had a feeling the key(#18) was missing. It rained today so I could not go outside and do much, but I sneaked a half hour to grease the machine, blow off dust, a general clean up. As I rotated the adjusting arm downward, I reached in with my right hand and noticed a plate of sorts, possibly an arm with some holes in it. I get the feeling #21 is broken off or missing. The end fits into the arm with three holes in it, vertically speaking, and clearly this was not happening. I need to put the back wheels up on blocks and get a better look at the underbelly mechanism. Had I remembered this diagram, I would have realized the #21 pin was missing and the nose was not sticking through the hole drilled in part #19. Once through the hole, the pin is slid into the small hole and is thereby retained. Then, downward movement of the long arm will allow the mower lift pin to drop down. Or so I think......
  11. Growing Pains

    When you push the button down on top of the adjusting shaft and move the arm forward, the deck does not move downward. The shaft has no weight on it, in other words. The lifting mechanism is detached from the deck, or so it feels.
  12. I want to replace the belt on my 312-8 and I emailed a dealer. He said the deck had some numbers on it on the back side middle. I found no numbers. However, the deck appears no wider than the outside of the front tires. Would that make it 36 or 37 inches wide? This information allows the dealer to fit the tractor with the proper belt.
  13. Growing Pains

    I picked up my 312-8 today. It sat in a barn for some time. It ran scratchy, I think I can get it straightened out. One other thing of note. Actually 2... The arm and button that raise and lower the mower deck don't seem to be working. I press the button, move the arm forward, but nothing happens. Is it possible the long sit rusted things up some? The deck does not go down, it stays in place. Is the shaft attached to the button rusted and immovable? I seriously doubt anything is broken, per se. One thing noted, the construction of the tractor is superlative. Tractor came with 400 hours, gonna be something to have fun with.
  14. 520-H "Anniversary Model"?

    The 520 was used by a pair of landscapers. Young fellas tend to put the pedal to the metal. It has ample cosmetics according to the owners, but I am to see the tractor tomorrow. This analysis by EricF is valuable to me, notably so because while I'm an old wrench twirler, I've never been around WH tractors. I will look at the tractor and use these tips to help me evaluate the condition of the tractor and the condition of the cost factor to me. Thanks again, EricF!
  15. Goin' to look at a 520 H, supposedly a '96, that is the anniversary model. What does that mean? That said, what is a 1000 hour 520 "worth"? Give me a ballpark figure, I know it depends on the 2 participants in the buy/sell scenario. I never owned a WH, let alone a 520H, saw one at the famous Zagray equipment show in Colchester, Conn. this past weekend. Saw a 520 and noticed just how cute she was..... 1000 hours seems a bit lofty by my standards, just sayin'.... Interested in what the membership might say about this particular vignette involving man and tractor.