Please help me!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Breesegabe, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Breesegabe

    Breesegabe LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I have an older (not sure of the year) 48" Ransomes Bobcat walk behind. I am having trouble with the whole wiring harness from the key, to the last plug at the motor. The wiring harness is no longer available at my local dealer, I was wondering if anyone has an old mower just sitting around that they would be willing to sell me all the wires before it goes to scrap? I am at my whits end with this. I have to keep plugging & unplugging connections 10-20 times a day, everything is loose, etc. It has the 18 horse Kohler Command engine and the numbers from the plate on the deck are, Model 930303, Serial 9303030195.

    Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated, thank you for your time!

    -Gabe (a new member)
     
  2. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Gabe, try contacting an electrician. Since your not able to secure the original wiring harness any more, an electrician may be able to come up with a better solution for your problem.
    easy-lift guy
     
  3. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Posts: 1,489

    Have you thought about going to your local auto parts store and getting some bullet or blade connectors and some wire, and doing a rewire yourself ? Or go to Radio Shack with your connector and see if they can match it ? Or Both ? It's not that hard.
     
  4. kgs1

    kgs1 LawnSite Member
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    you mentioned that the connections are loose...if thats all it is,you can buy new connectors for it & would work but you would have to cut /splice all the wires but its realy not that bad of a job,just make sure you know where every wire goes..make yourself a diagram before you pull everything apart...What year is your mower? I have one for sale but by no means a parts mower..its a 48" bobcat in realy good shape all safety stuf & everything work good..I dont use anymore cuz I have big lawns mostly & just put for sale on C/L in the yoopers & N.mich. farm & garden. If interested , I have pic's on my cell I could send you just PM me a brief message & your cell #...I will put on here when I can get some more pic's of it on my camera & get them downloaded...
     
  5. Breesegabe

    Breesegabe LawnSite Member
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    Where can I find spades & bullets like the ones on the wiring harness? A big box store like Lowes or would I have to find an electrical supplier or a mower dealer? Sorry to sound stupid but I dont usually work on electrical items. Sounds simple enough to do but not sure where to get the parts. Pep Boys?
     
  6. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Posts: 1,489

    Any good auto parts store or even a good hardware store like Ace....
     
  7. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,376

    Your not sounding stupid,however this project reads like it is well over your head.
    Although you have received many other suggestions, I believe your best course of action would still be to hirer an electrician. If you tell him what your attempting to do on your own, I believe he can wire what you need to meet your specific needs. Than you can actually get back to work. Problem solved.
    easy-lift guy
     
  8. Jeff in AL

    Jeff in AL LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 727

    Breesegabe,

    Based on the Model Number you provided, 930303, that shows as an Electric Start Hydro unit with an 18 HP Kohler engine.

    The complete wire harness for that model with an Electric Start Kohler Engine is a Part Number 2308092. That part number is still shown as a good number and has a retail price of $82.33

    Which connection(s) do you have to keep disconnecting/reconnecting 10-20 times a day that are "loose"? Most of the time it is a connection at a switch that appears to be the problem, but is actually the switch that is going bad. Being that the harness is not a moving part it is usually ok unless there is corrosion/rust on the terminals. However, the switches are a different story as they are constantly open/closed each time you start and operate the mower.
     

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