John Deere Walkbehind Rebuild!

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  1. Lawnsmithcare

    Lawnsmithcare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok so today at work someone droped off an old John Deere belt drive walkbehind for us to keep because the engine was dead so now after he lift and after I clocked out I took it so now I want to make it work again the only thing wrong with it is the engine so I need a new one but I don't know if there is something John Deere does to there engine where you can only use the enignes they sell or what also it needs to be repainted and a new gas tank put on other wise the guys said it worked great and there is a bagger to. please let me know if there is anything else I need to do and anything to help me I would be thankful.

    thank you in advanced.
     
  2. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow. Just about one sentence. Punctuation is good in some cases. LOL.

    You should just be able to buy a new engine and bolt it in. You may have to order a pully for the engine shaft because if it is older, you may have trouble getting the old one off. Do a search online for replacement engines.
     
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, what he said ^

    Is it an old "crank deck" model?
    (yellow deck)

    If so, it seems like I saw a thread here on a rebuild on one of those.
     
  4. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    Or, you may have to buy a puller to get the pulley off, ... IF there is a hole in the engine deck the pulley will not pass through.

    I repowered my w/b and had to take the pulley off before getting the old engine off the deck. Look closely how the engine is mounted. If the engine is an original and the pulley has been mounted for a long time, getting it off may be a chore. In my case, it was the most difficult task of the entire job.
     
  5. Lawnsmithcare

    Lawnsmithcare LawnSite Senior Member
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    No it is a fixed deck older then the one you are talking of.
     
  6. Lawnsmithcare

    Lawnsmithcare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would at a Cubcadet dealer a a repairman so yes we have a pully puller.
     
  7. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here is your first and biggest hint; John Deere doesn't MAKE engines. :)
     
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    John Deere does make it a practice to use oddball spec parts from outside vendors though.
     
  10. Lawnsmithcare

    Lawnsmithcare LawnSite Senior Member
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