pto clutch bobcat

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by jobjonnie, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. jobjonnie

    jobjonnie LawnSite Member
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    Have a bobcat 218 that has app. 380 hours on it. Bought it used 6 yrs ago w/180 hrs. Normal weekly 2 acre cutting. Just smoked the pto.......for the third time!!!!!!! WTF am I doing wrong here?????? Please excuse my fustration but at $150 a pop, it is getting old...........

    BTW I am very mechanically inclined, so I thought.
     
  2. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    What is the actual model of the machine?

    150 for an electric clutch seems too cheap to me. Are you sure its the right one for the machine? You could be buying some cheap one that looks very similar but is not made for the machine you are putting it on.

    What exactly is going wrong? Is the clutch circuit open? Or what exactly do you mean by "smoked"?

    When you put them in are you torquing the bolt to the proper spec? Usually 50-55 ftlbs.
     
  3. jobjonnie

    jobjonnie LawnSite Member
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    model of the machine is 218es

    I googled the part # and bought it accordingly. It appeared to be the proper one as everything lined up. As far as I Was able to tell, the air gap did not apply to my machine.

    The first one smoked up due to over taxin the machine.....my bad. the next 2 were mechanical failure.

    Instaled and torqued as per instructions.....
     
  4. MoGreen

    MoGreen LawnSite Member
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    Not sure if this helps, but I had a small leak on one of my hydros, and the fan blew the fluid all over the place (even into the electric clutch) and it started slipping eventually leading to failure. Yeh, $150 is pretty cheap. I think I paid $300 for mine?
    (Bobcat Leo)
     
  5. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thats not the model. The model number will most likely start with 942. Its on a plate at the front of the machine.
     
  6. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    These clutches are directional..The metal straps that attach the pulley to the clutch disc must be slanted away from the pull of the belt. (rotation of the engine)

    Its easier to pull a rope than to push one.
     
  7. jobjonnie

    jobjonnie LawnSite Member
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    my bad - 942211
     
  8. jobjonnie

    jobjonnie LawnSite Member
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    IIRC there is only one way for it to be mounted........but I may be wrong. Last time I looked at it was 2 summers ago.

    What is boggeling me is these things, as far as I can tell, are straight forward. I am not new to mechanics, I could build a SBC with my eyes closed. I am just missing something and cant figure out what..

    Thanks for everyones input!
     
  9. jobjonnie

    jobjonnie LawnSite Member
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    Just got in from taking it off. It appears the straps you are reffering to are sheared off.

    Will try to get a photo of it later

    BTW it is a warner clutch............good or bad???( Brand) pt #5219-14
     
  10. rwaters

    rwaters LawnSite Senior Member
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    that is the right clutch but I would love to know your supplier, your getting it for about $100 less then most sites are selling them online for.
     

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