Groundmaster 220

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by elizabeth, May 26, 2008.

  1. elizabeth

    elizabeth LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 1

    Hello Everyone,
    I'm new here. I'm just a homeowner. I recently bought an old (mid 80's)
    Toro Groundmaster 220 to mow our acreage with. It has a 62" deck,and hydrostat (probably spelled that wrong) transmission. It is air cooled. We've
    never owned a big mower like this. We've had smaller riders. We are at
    a loss as far as maintainence, fluids, etc...

    I haven't been able to find anything online or on the Toro website for
    maintanence for this old mower. If anyone knows anything about keeping an eye on the fluids, what to look for, what fluids to use where, etc...or if you have a link you can share that covers this stuff, I'd sure appreciate it.

    The mower has a lot of problems-age related, mostly. It chugs blue smoke
    and we have to spray the carburetor to start it. It uses oil, and the belt
    slips in tall grass. We just checked over the fluids we could find, and
    there's a pipe sticking up that appears to run toward the transmission,
    and that dipstick is dry. LOL. Anyone know what I'm supposed to pour
    in there?

    Despite all the problems, I just love this old mower. I'd really like to get it
    running good, and keep it well maintained.

    Any help you all can offer would mean a lot.

    Thank you.
  2. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Honestly, why don't you just have it serviced by a Toro dealer?? It is the best way to get it tuned up.

    But for starters it sounds like the carb is in need of a cleaning and spraying either into the carb to start it all the time is not good for the engine. Blue smoke is not good, it can mean it is burning oil. It could also be your engine has a internal problem, such as piston blow by, valve seal problems, broken or worn piston rings, etc. Like I said just have it serviced to see if it is worth keeping..

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