Originally Posted by Johnny Gravely
It's been a while since I last posted. Spent the summer playing with Newports.(The car, not the cigarette)
I'm servicing a 16g for a friend and have some questions. I've always been a walk behind guy, so the riders are new territory.
Here's what we have:
16G with Kohler Magnum twin, 50" deck and flywheel driven rear triple bagger.
Model: blank (there is a Kohler Magnum 16 decal on the air cleaner and engine cover-all Gravely red)
Tractor #'s: (two tags under the hood)
Second Tag: 43870
This is a near mint, low use machine that my friend bought from the widow of the original owner. He obviously spent more time cleaning/maintaining it than he did using it. When we picked it up last fall, I could tell that she was disappointed that her sons had not kept it as clean as her husband had.
I have downloaded the owner's, service, and parts manuals for it but have yet to read through them all. I like to have real world experience/knowledge as well.
Now for the questions:
1. What vintage is the machine? (I believe it was bought new as a package with the deck and bagger)
2. I'm assuming that engine and trans. oils are two separate things. What should I use for each?
3. Should I change/drain the hydraulic lift fluid and filter? And if so, what is the best way?(I think my friend has used it more this past season than the PO did since new)
4. Besides the basic,(air+fuel filters, plugs, oils, and greasing all fittings) what else should I look for?
The unit starts and runs very well and reliably as it is, no real issues. The hydraulic lift works fine as well.
I have already replaced the deck belt and sharpened what I believe are the original blades.
It has the lever control for fwd/rev, and the foot brake both on the right side.
There is no hour meter, just a blank where it would go.
I know you all want pics, but the camera batteries were dead. Bear with me.
Any input you can share is greatly appreciated.
I just bought a machine exactly as you have described. My Kohler identification doesn't have a model number also.
All your questions are answered in your service manual.
(1) PO owner stated he bought mine new in 1995.
(2) Engine and trans. have separate fluids. PO used Mobil 1 Synthetic, in the engine, since new. I will continue with this oil but have used Chevron Dello 400 in all my machinery in the past. I would definately try to find out what your friend"s PO used, and stay with it.
(3) and (4) This has been covered.
Now, can I ask you a question---My mower does not have a flywheel screen on the engine. I have tried to locate on, with no success. It appears to me that the screen was mounted on the flywheeh housing with three bolts. Two across bottom and one above the left bottom (at top). All screens I have found are mounted to the flywheel and thus rotate with engine.
How is your screen mounted?
I have owned many lawn tractors and this Gravely appears to be of quality construction.