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Old 03-17-2011, 06:52 PM   post #1 of 19
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Default murray/scotts 16hp 42"

Just picked up a new project. Scotts made by Murray 16hp Kohler single cylinder, 42" deck hydrostatic drive with full double bin grass catcher, hydro drive, cruise control and a cup holder.

Looks like a solid machine.

Not running right now but I'm sure it will be soon.

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Old 03-17-2011, 07:08 PM   post #2 of 19
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Nice,
You are the first Murray Scotts owner round these parts in quite some time. I prefer them to other ones made by, who is it now? John something or another.....

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Old 03-17-2011, 07:43 PM   post #3 of 19
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ooh very nice. I'm loving the cast iron front axle.. I wish I had a cupholder!

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Old 03-17-2011, 07:45 PM   post #4 of 19
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I'm diggin' the automotive style angled ignition.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:29 PM   post #5 of 19
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I'm liking the 16hp Kohler Command! Nice Scotts machine, the Kohler should be easy enough to get running. A friend of mine tortures his all summer long landscaping. They last a long time. Good Luck with it!
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:59 PM   post #6 of 19
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ooh very nice. I'm loving the cast iron front axle.. I wish I had a cupholder!

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I have a cupholder, too!

But, if I mow too long she gets tired and goes in the house.
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:35 PM   post #7 of 19
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I have a cupholder, too!

But, if I mow too long she gets tired and goes in the house.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:38 PM   post #8 of 19
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Nice but needs a good cleaning. I sure like mine.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:43 PM   post #9 of 19
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When you say its not running.....what does it do? Crank but not fire up? That might be no spark issue. But Commands have had a rectifier that can go bad, also. Check the fuse , replace if blown, try to start it, then shut it off and try to restart. No action, check fuse again, if blown, then the rectifier is bad, and needs to be replaced. I'm just shooting in the dark as to why it isn't running. But have had that happen on several Commands. It is a bit pricey, usually above $30 to as high as $70.

This of course may not be why it isn't running but if it is, here is where it is on the shroud.

Keep an eye on that gas tank.....that looks to be the same one they did a recall on because of where the two halves are heat welded. These tanks were cracking and leaking. Then the recall, and not to much later they were out of business.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:52 AM   post #10 of 19
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Hankll,

Thanks for the info. I removed the fan shroud and found a nice mouse nest, the critters also chewed on the wiring to the ignition control mounted on the outside of the shroud.
I will have to remove that fuel tank and check it out. The PO claims it was full when he put the machine in storage last Fall.

FYI- The engine would crank over fine but no spark. I decided the best thing to do was to remove the cooling shroud to check things out (lots of trouble with mouse nests in these parts)

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Old 03-19-2011, 09:56 AM   post #11 of 19
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Hopefully the nests are new and there is no damage from overheating. I fried an opposed twin because of Mickey houses.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:20 AM   post #12 of 19
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Its very disheartening to hear about both the fuel tank and mouse nests.. Pretty sure my 02 Widebody has that gas tank design. The widebody parts machine I picked up had suffered the unfortunate fate of catching on fire due to the gas tank..


When I brought the parts machine home and began stripping it down to the chassis, there was a whole family of mice living right under the flywheel cover.. Ridiculous.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:11 AM   post #13 of 19
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In case you're looking for parts, (and if it's anything like mine, you will, oh yes) it can be kinda back and forth because of the brand changing hands etc. Here's a good site someone linked to me:

http://www.partstree.com/parts/?lc=M...tor+%281999%29

I have the exact same tractor and my gas tank had a horrendous leak in it. I epoxied the crap out of it and it's holding up, but it looks like crap. Anyone have any more info on this recall? Is a free tank in the cards?
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:39 AM   post #14 of 19
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You can try Briggs. Here is the more info on the recall.....


http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04102.html
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:00 PM   post #15 of 19
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Here is my low-cost solution for the defective fuel tank that is NLA.

1.) Cut original fuel tank in half with multi purpose tool such as ryobi versa tool. (obviously make sure there is no fuel in it)
2.) Use bottom of original fuel tank to hold fuel tank of your choice. I used an old plastic tecumseh snowblower tank.

I believe the reason that the original fuel tanks failed is due to the sheet metal at the bottom of the steering tower, on my tractor the metal actually tore away from the bolts where it mounts to the frame! Flimsy design!
When the mounting for the steering tower loosens up it causes the fuel tank to twist and flex as it is bolted directly to the sheet metal towers.

I fabricated some brackets for the bottom of the steering tower.

Here are some photos of the tank and the brackets.






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