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post #1 of 7 Old 05-16-2017, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Deere 265 - need manual and help

I just got a Deere 265. It has a few issues I want to address, as well as needing an owners manual. Simply stated, I haven't used a riding mower since I was a kid.

Issue 1: The pedal on the right appears to be a "brake", rather than a clutch. Pressing the pedal doesn't actually stop the mower. However, I found through my google-fest that pressing the "brake" should actually disengage the drive mechanism. This actually makes sense, because logic always says to press the brake before putting into "gear". However, it only goes into slow, but not fast. I have to release the brake and then can pull it back into a faster speed. I'm hoping the linkage just needs to be adjusted and possibly the slack in the brake cable.

Issue 2: Can I simply change ground speed at any time without pressing anything? Just slide the speed lever further back? I'm afraid of breaking something. Also, should that speed lever be smooth and loose or rather tight? Mine's pretty tight. Is there a way to loosen it up?

Issue 3: There is a lever on the transaxle on the back, that I assume is for disengaging the hydro for towing. However, I don't know how to engage it. It doesn't move easily and I don't want to break it.

Issue 4: It says it has tilt steering, but I don't see how to actually tilt the steering wheel.

Issue 5: I'd like more leg room (okay, belly room), and I'm thinking about fabricating something to allow the seat to go back another 4 inches or so. Any concerns with messing up the center of gravity or anything?

Issue 6: The mower adjustment knob appear to simply raise/lower, but not like newer ones that only go around once and has markings for height. This is simply a screw up/down knob that goes around and around to keep raising/lowering. Is that correct?

Issue 7: I read online somewhere that I should only engage/disengage the deck while the throttle is in idle, not in fast. Is that correct?

Issue 8: Steering is sloppy. Bad sloppy. Is there a way to tighten the steering up?
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Wow, it seems that these 265s are mostly gone. That's a shame. I like mine -- it's a deathtrap (I much prefer the newer "foot on pedal" types). With mine, you set the ground speed via a hand lever and short of pushing the clutch/brake, it doesn't stop. There's no "dead man" switch (other than falling off). My lawn has a couple of big dips, and I did bottom it out once already.

Anyway, I wanted to ask about the propulsion mechanism for these. Is the "transmission" part of the rear axle assembly? I'm assuming so, since the "rear end" has a dipstick and a filter as well. I plan to replace fluids this weekend.

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The hand control is the throttle, and direction control, and stop. No reason to ever touch the brake pedal except to start the tractor.

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don't forget the hydro filter under the fender pan beside the deck up/down control arm.
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Issue 1: The pedal on the right appears to be a "brake", rather than a clutch. Pressing the pedal doesn't actually stop the mower. However, I found through my google-fest that pressing the "brake" should actually disengage the drive mechanism. This actually makes sense, because logic always says to press the brake before putting into "gear". However, it only goes into slow, but not fast. I have to release the brake and then can pull it back into a faster speed. I'm hoping the linkage just needs to be adjusted and possibly the slack in the brake cable.

The brake on the right should only really be used for starting and emergency stopping

Issue 2: Can I simply change ground speed at any time without pressing anything? Just slide the speed lever further back? I'm afraid of breaking something. Also, should that speed lever be smooth and loose or rather tight? Mine's pretty tight. Is there a way to loosen it up?

It needs to be tight to stay in position, move the lever in the direction and speed you want it to go, think of it as the gas pedal, you move it forward from a stop to get moving (With no pedal input) These machines are a bit jerky to get moving

Issue 3: There is a lever on the transaxle on the back, that I assume is for disengaging the hydro for towing. However, I don't know how to engage it. It doesn't move easily and I don't want to break it.

You have to push down and hold it on this axle, its kind of a pain to use. They usually get plugged up with dirt and grass on top and don't work at all. You would need to remove the rear fender pan to access it for cleaning

Issue 4: It says it has tilt steering, but I don't see how to actually tilt the steering wheel.

Should be a lever on the base of the steering wheel, the lever itself may have been broken off, but the collar should still be there

Issue 5: I'd like more leg room (okay, belly room), and I'm thinking about fabricating something to allow the seat to go back another 4 inches or so. Any concerns with messing up the center of gravity or anything?

Shouldn't be a problem

Issue 6: The mower adjustment knob appear to simply raise/lower, but not like newer ones that only go around once and has markings for height. This is simply a screw up/down knob that goes around and around to keep raising/lowering. Is that correct?

Yep, its to maintain a certain deck height, its a little crude, but it works, you have to adjust it with the mower deck lift lever up, it usually wont move with it down

Issue 7: I read online somewhere that I should only engage/disengage the deck while the throttle is in idle, not in fast. Is that correct?

It will probably stall at idle, some manuals say full throttle, some say half throttle. I have owned a 240, 265, and a 320, and engaged the mower deck at full throttle with no problems.

Issue 8: Steering is sloppy. Bad sloppy. Is there a way to tighten the steering up?

If the tie rod ends are all good, tighten the large axle pivot bolt on the front axle (The bolt and nut that hold the axle into the tractor) I think it takes a 1 5/16" socket, but a really large crescent wrench or pipe wrench should do the trick. The bolt has a plate that holds it, so you only need to remove the cotter key from the castle nut on the front and tighten the nut, just don;t tighten it so much that the front axle doesn't pivot side to side

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Issue 4: It says it has tilt steering, but I don't see how to actually tilt the steering wheel.

Should be a lever on the base of the steering wheel, the lever itself may have been broken off, but the collar should still be there
Thanks so much for the reply. I found the collar and turned it counter clockwise and was able to adjust the steering so my big fat belly fits better.

There are two fuses under the hood. One is the PTO clutch. What is the other? Is it just "idiot" (dash) lights or something else?
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Thanks so much for the reply. I found the collar and turned it counter clockwise and was able to adjust the steering so my big fat belly fits better.

There are two fuses under the hood. One is the PTO clutch. What is the other? Is it just "idiot" (dash) lights or something else?
No problem!! The 10 amp fuse is for the warning lights and hour meter, the 20 amp fuse is for the headlights and PTO.

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