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Hey everybody, I just picked up a 314-8 with around 800 hours on it. When trying to put it into low range from high, the lever wont budge. It almost feels stuck, I cant figure it out... Thanks In Advance

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Be gentle the fork can be bent if you get over zealous.


Make sure the tranny is in neutral depress the clutch.  then try to shift  the lever.  If it moves part way but not all the way let the clutch out for a second then depress and try again.  (You may also try rocking the tractor back an forth a bit) These are straight cut gears with no synchros so you have to "mix" them up a bit sometimes

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My 1 ton GMC has an sm465 4spd. Like the tractor granny low and reverse are straight cut, no synchro. Makes them very strong but tough to engage some times. On the truck and tractor I use similar methods, I'll shift into a higher gear then back into the desired gear or let the clutch out just a bit and shift. Or like was said above rock the tractor. One of those methods always works

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The fork may already bent or broken. The only time it should be used is when the tractor is stopped. Any other time can bend or break the fork.

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