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Old 08-16-2019, 07:16 AM
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Quick update. The Jacobsen is running excellent and does a great job. The 4x4 comes in handy when climbing. I had the guards on the mower deck but took them off as the middle portion of the deck tends to shoot grass under the covers and clog up the outer deck belt pulleys causing the belts to slip and stop the outer blades from turning.

One issue I'm having is with the hydraulics for the deck lift mechanism. All the other hydraulics work perfectly fine but the deck won't raise and lower. Could it be a disconnected hose? Blown hydraulic cylinder? Other?

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I like the idea of renting a machine when needed and having a zero radius mower. There's an old tractor there now with a triple head front mower attachment. We threw it in our offer but aren't holding our breath on that as the current owner of the property wants to keep it for their camp.

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Old 11-06-2019, 07:31 PM
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So I went to fire up the Jacobsen to move it into the garage for the winter. I cranked it over for a few seconds after warming up the glow plugs and it started smoking from the engine compartment. I quickly lifted the hood to discover the starter shorting out. The wiring caught fire. I got it out but looks like I'm ordering a new starter.

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I'd trace the wire with all the insulation burned off 'cause I think that's where the problem is.
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Yes. That's the plan tomorrow. Weather dependent I'm going to pull the starter and trace the wiring. Today was -10 with a windchill of -17 celcius. Too damned cold to tackle it out in the open.

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You guys are getting what we got about a week ago, a couple of inches of the white stuff and then about -10F.
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First, let's just say that I love the kerosene/diesel 80,000 btu heater I picked up for the garage. I hauled it out and had it pointing towards the Jacobsen out in the yard so I could work on it without freezing my butt off.

I got the starter removed along with a few strands of burnt wiring then headed to the local kubota dealer in town. They weren't able to cross reference the starter to anything they had but pointed me to another shop in town that deals with specialty starters and alternators. They were able to track down the exact starter online and luckily they had one in stock. They brought out a box with about an inch of dust on it. Inside, there was a brand new starter matching mine.

I came home to install it and replace the burnt wiring. There's an online fuse that had failed due to a faulty wiring connector. It goes to the starter post. All the metal around the post was melted. After putting everything together, I hooked up the battery and gave it a boost charge while I also had the heater pointed at the engine to warm it up a bit. After 20 minutes, it fired up without issue.



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