48 Ransome Bobcat. Need Help...

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by AA961JESTER, Dec 13, 2001.

  1. AA961JESTER

    AA961JESTER LawnSite Member
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    I JUST STARTED IN THE LANDSCAPE BUSINESS AFTER BEING IN THE SNOWPLOWING BUSINESS FOR A LONG TIME. I JUST BOUGHT A USED 48" RANSOME BOBCAT WITH A 12.5 KAWASAKI. THIS UNIT IS AT LEAST 10 YEARS OLD. THE MOTOR STARTS RIGHT UP AND RUNS STRONG. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE MODEL NUMBER. I AM LOOKING FOR A REPAIR MANUAL WITH DIAGRAMS AND PART NUMBERS. THE DRIVE LINKAGE IS MISSING AN SO THE MOWER ONLY GOES AT ONE SPEED. THE PREVIOUS OWNER ADJUSTED THE DRIVE SPEED BY VARYING BELT LENGTH, HOWEVER IT IS FAST AND CAN ONLY BE SLOWED BY REDUCING THE THROTLE WHICH ALSO REDUCES BLADE SPEED. ALSO DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO GET A GRASS GOBBLER CHEAP. WHAT TYPE OF BLADES DO YOU EXPERIENCED LAND SCRAPERS RECOMMEND. :blob1:
     
  2. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i would look around the engine or transmission
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just take the whole mower to your local Bobcat dealer. They can show you or tell you the model and serial number of the mower. For inexpensive metal grass catchers try your local Landscaper Supply store or if you don't have one local go to their web site at www.landscapersupply.com. I am using Gator Magnum blades also available at Landscaper Supply.
     
  4. AA961JESTER

    AA961JESTER LawnSite Member
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    I took the unit to a local guy who advertises bobcats to find out he is not a bobcat dealer. The guy didnt seem to want to tell me anything about my unit except that he reccomends I do not make the repairs but leave it for his techs to service. I guess I look like I was born yesterday. All I want is to find a service manual for this machine. Can somebody please help. I looked very carefully around the engine and gearbox for a model number but could find none. This machine has been painted at least three times so if there was a plate it's probably long gone.
     
  5. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Jester-
    I'm not sure if they offer a REPAIR MANUAL. I have found an "exploded parts diagram". Try this website...

    http://www.j-thomas.com/catalog.html

    Go down to whatever brand you're looking for. I think the only one they don't have online is Scag.

    If you can find the serial number I would call the manufacturer and they should be able to tell you the year it was made and the model. Hope that helps.

    We seem to be doing the same thing- rebuilding old walk-behinds. Check out my thread-
    Advice on buying a USED walk-behind.

    -Jeff-
     
  6. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
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    :blob3: Jester are you looking for a manual for the engine or for the machine it self? T
     
  7. AA961JESTER

    AA961JESTER LawnSite Member
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    to heybruck,
    thanks your site gave me alot of help. there are still things i am looking for like the deck cover and throtle mounting plate, but what you gave me is a great start.

    to general grounds
    i am looking for a manual for the machine itself. the 5 speed is not working and the previous owner adjusted the speed by varying the belt length. from what i see underneath there is a belt with a spring that is supposed to connect, through linkage to a five position "shift lever". i want to repair this to be able to adjust the speed on the fly without cutting back the throtle.

    does anyone know if these older bobcats have a reverse gear?

    if you guys are thinking that it sounds like i am going through alot of work, consider i only paid two hundred for the unit.
     
  8. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
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    :blob3: Jester you can go to any bobcat dealer and ask them to order you owners manual, it may cost you about 10.00. T
     
  9. turtle

    turtle LawnSite Member
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    Yes bobcats do have a reverse gear (doesn't work too well, usually the pullys just spin) the tranny is probally a peerless (basicly the same tranny on all belt-drive mowers), The sping loaded pully should be for the parking brake, there should be a lever coming off the top of the gearbox. I don't know how easy it is to find a manual seeing as bobcat mowers are made by Textron now. If your wondering why I know so much about these mower, the company I work for runs three of them the oldest is 9 years and the youngest is 6 years. I've spent 5 years off and on running them without any major problems that couldn't be blamed on carelessness. Good luck with yours it should serve you well and you goy a great deal.
     
  10. Grassman

    Grassman LawnSite Member
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    Sounds to me like you have a variable speed mower thats no longer varaiable speed. Your ID plate should be directly behind the engine ,on the left side if your standing behind the mower. If it's the mower I think it is, the model # is XM48008. I've been using Bob Cats for 14yrs. Hope this helps, Russ
     

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