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About tommyg

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    Dysfunctional 'D' family member
  • Birthday 11/03/1961

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    Wheelhorse D-180
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    Wheelhorse D-180

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  • Location
    Youngstown, OH
  • Occupation
    YMCA Executive Director
  • Interests
    Running, woodworking, photography, video editing, red tractors.
  1. Geez, it seems like it's been forever since I've been on here. Hope you guys didn't miss me too much. Based on the fact that I had no notifications waiting, I'm guessing not. Lol! Anyway, I'm thinking of putting an electric clutch on my D-180. Some of you might remember that I replaced the original Kohler K series 18 hp twin with a 25 HP Kohler Command when I broke a rod in the original engine and could not find any replacements. With the modifications I had to make on the clutch linkage, and the fact that I've also outfitted this machine with a 60" deck, the existing manual clutch just can't generate the pressure against the plate that I'd like. The clutch surfaces are fine. Does anyone have any experience with an electric clutch on your D series? I want to maintain the 2 pulley system to drive the rear PTO. What do I need to know? How the heck to those things enen attach to the engine? They all seem like they're earmarked for a specific machine, but are they somewhat universal in design? Some photos would help. I've got a 1 1/8" shaft to work with. Plenty of length to make any forward/aft adjustments.
  2. What do I really have?

    You know, reading through this thread makes me appreciate all the knowledge out there. You guys are beyond amazing!
  3. The rarest implement I've ever seen would be one of my kids cutting the grass. No wait, I can't say I've ever seen that. Never mind. It doesn't exist.
  4. Uneven cut - One blade lower (slanted)

    I experienced a similar problem on my C125. I removed the deck and put a straight edge across the three blades. Turned out that one of the spindles must have come in contact with something hard at some point and it deflected the entire deck. So on that particular blade, it was cutting a half inch lower than the others. I was able to muscle it back into position, rechecked with the straight edge and the problem went away. If you find, with a straight edge, that one blade is lower than the others on both sides of the blade an equal amount, you might consider trying a washer or two under the others as a spacer. Just a thought.
  5. deck height

    OK, so let me rephrase that. Anyone with a 520 and a 60" deck... what's the max height you can get from your mower?
  6. deck height

    A couple years ago, I did a couple modifications to put the 60" WH deck under my D-180 to replace the flimsy 48" deck it came with. The conversion went perfectly, but there's one thing I can't figure out, and that is why I can't get the deck to cut any higher than about 2 3/4". Anyone else do this same conversion who can chime in on whether or not that's to be expected with this deck?
  7. Hydraulic Mower Lift

    T-Mo, that was the one thing I was worried about. I retrofitted my d180 with a 60" deck. I was afraid it would stick out too far. I did a chat session the the folks at Bradley Mower. This is what they said... "It (the deck) may rest on the ground. We have not had any reports of damage. I have seen that it does rest at those size decks. We have used them in our local shop with customers who had decks that size with no problem."
  8. Hydraulic Mower Lift

    By lifting in the front, you really can't get underneath that well because the jack is in the way. This method gives you a clear shot at everything in my opinion. The actual foot pump is on the opposite side. You can't really see it in the picture.
  9. Hydraulic Mower Lift

    Anyone have any experience with one of these? I'm thinking of investing in one to make it easier to pressure wash the underside of my deck and sharpen the blades.
  10. dip stick dysfunction

    Well, here's what I ended up with. The plastic tube extends past the end of the dipstick by about an inch. I drilled a 1/4" hole hoping that will act as a vent when it comes time to fill it. Keeping my fingers crossed that this resolves the issue.
  11. dip stick dysfunction

    Actually, I kind of made a prototype of that design using the original tube. I inserted a 1/2" piece of plastic "Pex" tubing into the end of the metal dipstick tube which extended down past the differential. The only problem was that it also narrowed the tube to the point where I could not get oil into the transmission without some sort of air escape. Perhaps I over compensated for the length of the tube, though. Might try that idea again with a shorter piece of plastic.
  12. dip stick dysfunction

    Someone put their thinking cap on. Thanks.
  13. dip stick dysfunction

    That's what I was worried about. Perhaps if I drilled a small hole in the cap? Of course, I don't want dirt to get inside.
  14. dip stick dysfunction

    After about 20 minutes of "searching" with a flexible magnetic retriever tool, I caught a glimpse of the broken dipstick with the inspection camera. Took me another 5 minutes or so to fish it out, but it's out. Looking at the break, I'd guess that thing got snatched up in the differential somehow. It was a clean "snap". Probably bent it 90 degrees before it broke. Scratched my head on a solution so that it never happens again and came up with a simple one in the third pic. Whenever I need to check the transmission oil, I'll just unscrew the cap off the pipe, grab the dipstick and dip it in, then replace the cap. I might see if I can find a way to stow the dipstick on the tractor itself so it's always handy. You guys don't think there's a pressure issue with the cap screwed on do you?
  15. dip stick dysfunction

    Taking a close look at the broken dipstick, the slight curve near the break would suggest that it was broken when I was in reverse. I'm thinking I would have had the hadle pointed toward the wheel. Are you suggesting pointing the handle the other direction or more with the centerline of the tractor? I'm not sure I'm a fan of bending it at all in case it was ever inserted in a different direction. But I get what you're saying. I might try and rig up a way to insert the inspection camera the exact depth the dipstick would extend. Then actually start it up and move a few revolutions forward and backward to see if there's anything else I'm missing. I can disconnect the viewing screen from the camera itself and just place it in my lap since it's wireless. At very least, it might be the first view of what happens inside your hydro when in operation!