older john deere commercial walk behind

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by rl1138, May 3, 2004.

  1. rl1138

    rl1138 LawnSite Member
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    I recently bought a used John Deere 48 Commercial Walk behind mower w/ 14hp Kawasaki. When going down a incline it doesnt want to turn left or right. Is this a characteristic of this particular mower or is there an adjustment or is something just shot?
     
  2. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
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    you may be low on transmission fluid or the brakes may be out of adjustment. drain and refill the trans and adjust the brake control rods. your dealer should be able to get you the info you need.
     
  3. rl1138

    rl1138 LawnSite Member
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    thanks I' ll take a look at it. This is the John Deere that doesnt have the newer drive belts that sit outside the frame.
     
  4. rl1138

    rl1138 LawnSite Member
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    Well I changed the transmission fluid and put in the recommended quantity and the problem is there. I bought this unit used maybe its a characteristic of the mower?
     
  5. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Do the tires lock when you apply the brakes? If not, there is an adjustment rod to each handle that can be adjusted. I have the same mower, and by going downhill while making a turn, you'll need to also put a little muscle into it to make a turn without tearing up the grass.
     
  6. rl1138

    rl1138 LawnSite Member
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    yes, the tires lock and you have to really muscle it to turn going down the hill as opposed to going up a hill you dont need much effort to turn.
     
  7. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sounds like it's working the same as mine. Just the nature of the beast.
     

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