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IthacaJeff

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About IthacaJeff

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    Enfield Jeff
  • Birthday 12/29/1959

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  • tractors
    310-8
    416-8
    Deutz-Allis 1920 (Simplicity Sunstar)
  • favoritemodel
    310-8

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    Enfield, NY
  • Occupation
    Professor

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  1. IthacaJeff

    Loose wheel bearings

    In the end I used Loctite green sleeve bearing retainer. Seems to be working!
  2. IthacaJeff

    Daughter's first mow

    Good one! Funny thing is, this summer I eliminated mowing the 1 ac "playing field", and it now takes half the time to mow. I'm not burned out of too much seat time, so having my chores taken is not a big deal. Same with plowing come winter. I love going out a midnight with only me and the snow and the 310-8. However, perhaps getting them the opportunity to appreciate that would be good for them!
  3. IthacaJeff

    Daughter's first mow

    I'm not really sure why I feel compelled to post this, and my daughter might kill me, but she finally got on the horse. It is a rule in the family that you cannot get your learner's permit for driving until you get significant seat time mowing. My 3 older boys had no hesitation, my younger 14 year old twin daughters have been getting some time, but 16 year old daughter has been reluctant to say the least. This has not been one of the forced chores, but a lesson in "If I want to do X, I'll need to suffer with Y". Well, the other day I asked if she wanted to mow, same question as all summer, and I expected the same answer, "No thanks, dad, I'm good." But, finally, she agreed. Took instruction with great care, listened intently, and did a great job. The 416-8 is not the easiest thing to master, but she had no problems with the clutch, or keeping the tractor on a good mowing path. Got confident going around trees. It was awesome.
  4. IthacaJeff

    Loose wheel bearings

    I like those ideas. I'll start with the pipe over the sleeve if I can find a pipe the right size. . . .thanks, gents.
  5. IthacaJeff

    Loose wheel bearings

    Hi folks: The wheel bearings in one of the front wheels of my 416-8 imploded the other day while mowing. 32 years old, I'm not complaining. Anyway, with the advice of another thread I picked up a set of 4 flanged bearings off an ebay seller. . .3/4" ID, 1 3/8" OD. Problem is they are a loose fit in the wheel hub. I should need to tap them in, but they just slide in and out. No real play, but they can just fall out. The insides of the hubs are clearly worn. Any advice on snugging up the bearings" Thanks, J
  6. IthacaJeff

    Busted hi/low selector

    As an update. . . pulled the plow off the 310, pulled off the rigid link connected to the lift rockshaft, re-positioned the mower lift chain on the rockshaft, swapped on the mule, attached the 48" deck, tightened up the deck drive belt, and !viola'!, she mows. The PTO was last used about 4 years ago when I last used the tiller, but has not seen a mower deck in 20 years. Mowing level on short grass is okay in 2nd gear. Mowing a slight uphill or thicker grass is 1st gear. Now to dig back into the 416. Kinda discouraging. . .
  7. IthacaJeff

    Busted hi/low selector

    New tractor for Christmas?? Or until the cows come home? It looks like we'll get the 310 fired up. May need to go slow, but as I am teaching my 16 year old daughter to mow all should be fine. Driving the tractor is a requirement to drive the car. The boys did it, now starting on the girls. Yee hah!
  8. IthacaJeff

    Busted hi/low selector

    Not sure how much it rotates. I've put the tractor back together and will need to disassemble a bit to investigate more. Maybe in a couple of days. . . Real, real drag. . . if all else fails I reckon I've got 3 options (no time to even consider cracking the thing open). Anyway, anyone want to vote on what they would do? 1. Swap the tranny from my 310-8. 2. Put the 48" deck on the 310 (definitely no 3rd gear mowing, maybe eve not 2nd gear?) Okay, so this should be the first option, but this is my dozer tractor. Hasn't had a deck on it in 20 years. 3. Put the Kohler 16 hp K341 from the 416 into the 310.
  9. IthacaJeff

    Busted hi/low selector

    Shaft #45 now just rotates freely without engaging any gears.
  10. Hi folks; Just got done swapping my 416-8 engine and tranny to a new chassis with a better steering gear. With my son we wrestled on the transaxle to the chassis, but when I tried to slip on the hi-lo lever onto the tranny post, it would not fit. It was slighty at an angle due to my own inadequacies. Well. . . . I had the brilliant idea to try and tap it on to fit. Did not work, and it looks like I loosened the post. Now, it is stuck in lo gear and the lever just flops around. Thoughts, even to get in high gear so I do not have to mow at 1 mph? Thanks ✓
  11. IthacaJeff

    ? on demise of Wheel horse

    I think some of us are forgetting that Toro did change WHs to be more contemporary. . .e.g,. 522xl and the lower models. Step through, hydros, contemporary looks. . . and they still failed. Only three homemade premium garden tractor makers anymore -- JD and Simplicity (maybe Kubota)-- because the demand is not there. But think about how many $5000 zero turns are sold. Look how many companies make high quality and commercial grade zero turns. . . no fewer than 10 brands, and recent start ups (Altoz, Spartan).
  12. IthacaJeff

    Parts

    Is there anything included in the 417-8 frame? Dash tower? Shifter console, steering gear? email at jives@ithaca.edu
  13. IthacaJeff

    Swung a little too hard today ...

    My 416 and 310 both have similar breaks.
  14. IthacaJeff

    Wheel weights and snow blower

    Changed Price to $190 -- sold Changed Status to Closed
  15. IthacaJeff

    Wheel weights and snow blower

    Sorry, not going to the Mentone meet. I will separate. . . .$170 for weights, $40 for blower, $190 for both.
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