Lawnboy Self Propel Chatters on engagement

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by 4Running, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. DT Lawn Care

    DT Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    I am assuming that the parts that you listed Dutch are internal parts. I am very familiar with replacing external washers, sprockets, etc on the drive rods but the problem with my Deere is internal and it's not a big deal to me to put $8 every couple years into it, I don't feel like ripping the tranny apart to take a look.

    On my Toros, when the main gears in the trannies go, I believe I've had 3 go out so far, I just pull the transmission and replace with one off of a parts mower, lucky for me I have found a lot of parts. All of them were 3-speeds, we just use them a ton. In fact, I'm sitting on 2 Personal Pace trannies (for the dealer type mower) and have not needed them yet. I have tons of the driveline pieces too, they're really nice to have lying around.
  2. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Posts: 2,231

    Replacing internal parts in a personal pace is not difficult at all and some bucks can be saved by doing the job yourself. When all is considered the cost of a new transmission will likely offset the shop labor/parts repair. If you have the time/ability to do the repair yourself, once you've done the job a couple of times you can get the job done in an hour. The steel deck personal pace models do require more time for removal/replacement than does the cast aluminum decks. When you look at a complete shop done transmission/driveline repair/replacement, my guess you're looking at a bill around $300+ if you replace everything. I've been absent from the shop envoirnment for a while so my guess may be off a bit due to shop rates and parts costs increases. When you get to that point you have to question whether it is cost effective, particularly with the steel deck units.

  3. DT Lawn Care

    DT Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    Yep, I understand. But when I can get a whole parts mower for say $25 or have one that eventually was unusable, it's easier for me to just replace the whole tranny. But, I know that someday I will have to replace the main gears, when I can't find a parts mower. :)
  4. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    seen this today and wanted ask if anyone ever heard of switching out the drive gears on this model from another model (10550) to speed up the drive. had read bout it a while ago and wanted see for myself (got the parts) but never got around to trying it. anyway broke down the mower tonite maybe in the next couple of days if can find some more time will see if it works but thought i'd ask to see if it's doable. thanks

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