New (to me) Snapper RER need some help
Just picked up a snapper RER (28086S with a 11.5 hp B/s) yesterday to use for trimming around the property. I was going over the mower after I got it home and I have a couple of questions.....
1.) I was able to retrieve the parts manual and the owner's manual online - does anyone know if there's a Service/maintenance manual online somewhere? I'd like to have some sort of guidance document with a little more information than what I was able to find.
2.) The clutch is really rough. The manual says it's supposed to have the "smooth start clutch", but no matter how slowly I let it out, the tractor pops a wheely. I'm hoping that this is just an adjustment that needs to be made, right? They aren't all this jumpy are they?
3.) The brake/clutch cable is a bare cable and it is starting to cut through the frame tube where it exits near the steering column. I checked around for a new cable, but they all looked like the same bare wire type. This seems like it should be a sheathed cable or that there should be a grommet in the opening of the frame tube to prevent this from happening. Any suggestions?
4.) I am thinking about replacing the turf tires on the rear with a more aggressive tread tire, like a snow blower tire or maybe Ags because I have a couple of spots in the yard where I have to make a sharp turn up a slope, and that combination seems to make every tractor I've owned spin it's wheels. Not that the slope is very steep, just that the turn when combined with the slope makes the rear end lose traction. Plus I kind of think it would look cool with aggresive tires.
5.) Finally, what sort of grease should I use in the chain case and differential? The manual says snapper 00 grease. What is the equivalent? The manual also says to check the oil level, and then fill with grease? Which is it?
Thanks for the help folks.
Equipment I'm maintaining:
Honda ATC 125 M
Snapper 28086s repowered with an 11.5 B/S