Grasshopper 614

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ICTmow, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. ICTmow

    ICTmow LawnSite Member
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    I have a 2000 Grasshopper 614 that I recently bought from a guy. No hour meter but seems to have low hours, starts well, doesn't burn oil. The mower had been running fine until the other day it started just fine but for the first minute or so the hyrdos seemed very slow. Max speed maybe 2.5 mph and it sounds weak as well. After a minute or it seems to drive OK. Already planning on changing hydro oil and filters since I don't know if its ever had a hyrdo oil change. Would the oil and filter change help with my problem? or am I missing something else? Maybe a problem getting power from the engine to the hydros? Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Changing the oil and filter(s) won't hurt a thing, Will it help ? That's anyone's guess but that and checking belt condition and tension is the first two things to do......
     
  3. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
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    I'll second Restro's suggestions. Not knowing the history of the unit, it's always advisable to change oil in both the hydro system and engine. I've observed several instances of improved hydro performance once the oil and filter have been changed--with more credit to the filter than the oil, typically.
     
  4. ICTmow

    ICTmow LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the replies. More than anything I was thrown off by the fact that the problem only lasted a couple minutes. Figured if the filters were bad that the performance wouldn't improve with time. Guess I'll have to change them out and see if that brings any luck.
     
  5. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
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    If you're experiencing cold weather at your location, the hydros may be a little slow to react until the hydro oil warms up a bit.
     
  6. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would change the belt before you change the oil. Therefore if it is the pumps you don't waste new oil trying to find oit
     
  7. ICTmow

    ICTmow LawnSite Member
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    OK so I drained the hydros of their oil, replaced the filters, and now am trying to refill the hydros but when I poured oil into the reservoirs they filled up very quickly, much less oil than the 1.25 qt capacity. Any help?
     

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