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Bobcat walk behind creeps in reverse

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by hdtvluvr, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    After reading about mowers rolling and injuring operators, I decided to look for a hydro 48 inch walk behind for the hill above a retaining wall behind my house and to make a pass around my pond before using my zero turn. Finally found one and I picked it up yesterday. Owner said it was used commercially for a year and then was only used on their personal property. I'm not sure of the age - any ideas?

    Mower Model # 930306
    Deck Model # 934400
    Engine Kohler CV15S (SKH426U1G2RB)

    The mower had been serviced a couple months ago and hardly used. The oil in the engine and hydro appears fresh. The filter pre-cleaner has some grass on it but I mowed my hill before checking it so it may be MY grass.

    Anyway, it appears to be in pretty good shape. The only issue I have currently is that when it is in neutral and you let go of the handles, it creeps in reverse. Is there a way to fix this or is it expected?

    I've emailed Bobcat asking for a manual but I'm sure they won't respond until next week at least.

    Thanks for any help.

  2. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    You got a nice one.
    Yeah, it's just an adjustment. Can't be that difficult to figure out.
    Maybe someone on here has one like it.
    My Scag is a single handle.
    btw-You were very smart to consider a walkbehind for hills.
    I can't tell you how many trailers I see that don't have a walkbehind on there.
  3. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    I hope it's a good one. They even put new tires on it recently (still have the little nubs). There is a learning curve to using it. I fought it a lot trying to do the hill.

    Now to get the "creep" fixed :)
  4. mattman683

    mattman683 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I have a 36" bobcat hydro wb, great mower. Just tuned the hydros last week bacause mine was doing the same thing. The rod going from the trigger down to the pump will most likely need to be unclipped and loosened a few turns. If that does not do the trick, try the same adjustment on the tracking levers. Very simple to do. Put the mower on a jack so the rear wheels are off the ground and you can have the mower running while you adjust it. Hope this helps.
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  5. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    So, it is ok to loosen the rod from the trigger and adjust while the engine and wheels are turning?

    I've also noticed that on flat ground it does slightly track to one side. I guess that is the tracking lever adjustment. Does making this adjustment affect the creep? In other words, does one adjustment have anything to do with the other such that getting one right may cause the other to be off?
  6. mattman683

    mattman683 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Yeah, no problem adjusting them while its running. When you dissconnect the rod the wheels will spinif the mower is not in neutral, which is fine. As far as the tracking levers, see if you can make it track straight by adjusting them. If not you can do the same kind of adjustment that you made on the triggers. Its hard to give you a definite answer about one adjustment affecting the other. The best thing is to jack the mower up, make sure the wheels are not spinning in neutral. Then make sure they are both spinning at the
    same speed while turning forward, after that fine tune it with the tracking levers.
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  7. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    I adjusted everything and it doesn't creep any more. It still tracks to the right a little but if I move the swivel another turn it tracks the other way (wheel too slow). I'll just have to move 1 lever a little higher than the other to balance it out. Not a big deal.

    Thanks for your help!
  8. R & R Yard Designs

    R & R Yard Designs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 646

    You can add a little air to the side that it tracks to
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  9. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    I haven't even checked tire pressure. They didn't seem flat so I didn't give it another thought. They may not be even pressure wise and could cause this. Thanks for pointing it out.
  10. Sharpcut 1

    Sharpcut 1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Your Bobcat uses 2 levers so you can adjust tracking on the fly after you set the tires to 14 psi.

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