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Old 08-14-2011, 02:52 AM   post #1 of 22
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I admit it, I'm a GT Noob. Even though I've had my deerely beloved little 214 for several years now. I picked her up while we were at a farm sale and didn't even know what a little gem I was getting - it ran great and came with a harem of implements (3 blade mower deck, tiller and snow blower, all working). The price was right, and we loaded it up and took it home.

A few weeks ago, I took the deck in to get repaired. One of my boys hit a (large) rock while mowing, bent the far left blade and threw out the blade timing to where it was unusable. We started taking it apart and stopped when I realized I didnt have a pulley puller. I took it in to our local JD shop and, presto, $500 dollars later its like new - bearings, spindles, some pulleys that were thrashed when trying to take them off and blades, and of course replaced the internal deck belt.

Fast forward to yesterday, when the main drive belt shredded on us. Now, as my wife would attest to, I don't consider myself the most mechanically inclined sort of chap, however, with the money I had shelled out on the deck repair still leaving its imprint on my wallet, I was of the mind to try and do it myself this time. Thus I came back to this fantastic forum and started pouring over the threads for advice.

After a trip into town to buy a main drive belt (while there I also bought the variator to differential belt, and the PTO belt that goes to the deck), and a few hours in the hot sun, I got the main drive belt and the PTO belt replaced and she runs like a top. The variator to differential belt is still in fairly good condition so I`ll hang that on the wall until I need it.

I must give credit where credit is due. There are many knowledgeable sources on this forum, but thanks especially to Herd of Deeres for your excellent directions and information. It was this thread that was invaluable to me to get the job done today. Very cool.

What a great place this is. I'm glad to be here, and I love it when a plan comes together!
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:58 AM   post #2 of 22
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Glad you were able to fix your tractor yourself, not only did you save some money, but sometimes it just feels good to say "I did it" even if you are the only one who knows

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Old 08-14-2011, 03:01 AM   post #3 of 22
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I'm VERY glad to hear we were of some help to you. Also glad that you have kept your 214 and use it. They are a nice tractor.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:27 AM   post #4 of 22
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DITH, very glad that you were able to do the repairs yourself. After you get into it a while there is very little you can't fix on the 2xx series tractors if you don't mind turning a wrench. And you always feel better when you've done it because you know it was done right!
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:31 AM   post #5 of 22
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DITH, very glad that you were able to do the repairs yourself. After you get into it a while there is very little you can't fix on the 2xx series tractors if you don't mind turning a wrench. And you always feel better when you've done it because you know it was done right!
and you saved yourself some money slkpk
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:33 AM   post #6 of 22
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Welcome to the forum! That's awesome that you got under there and replaced those belts, and it is always comforting to know that if you need info, you can probably find it here and if you can't, you can ask and often get an almost immediate answer. Truly a great resource and great community here! I know what you mean about the 214. I picked mine up because it was one town away and the price was right. I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy that tractor.
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:33 AM   post #7 of 22
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:07 PM   post #8 of 22
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I'm glad you got the info you needed and got it fixed! I'm still kind of a newb here, and I can tell you, these guys are great. Easily the nicest forum I've ever been on. Don't hesitate to ask - someone always has the answer!
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:19 PM   post #9 of 22
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As you have already found out,
This place is as good as it gets for Infinite information on
how to fix it yourself to friendly courteous people willing to
lend an ear and get you on the right track.
Nothing like
the good feeling you get when doing the job yourself and
knowing it was done right. Kudos to the people on this site
and their wealth of knowledge that they unselfishly share!
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:09 PM   post #10 of 22
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IMHO every man (well almost every man ) has the god given ability to sling a wrench.
It's an ability that needs to honing though, and I see you are well on your way!
I'm not a mechanic....but I like to wrench and this forum and it's helpful members have helped me to become much more proficient at repairing my tractor.

That being said, I have a surging prob that I am about to tackle this afternoon.
Gonna pull the cover off the carb and see if I cant get her running right!
We'll see! Wish me luck!!! hahahahaaa
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:03 PM   post #11 of 22
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Creekhead;

Before you tear into the carb. why don't you try what so many on this forum have used and apparently it works and that is add some SeaFoam to the gas tank, 2 oz. per gal. of gas. Let it run for a very short time, shut it off and let it set for about 30 min. and you should be good to go.

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Old 08-14-2011, 09:06 PM   post #12 of 22
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Herd of Deeres is one of the many family jewels we have here at JD forum.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:31 PM   post #13 of 22
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DeereInTheHeadlights; great user name by the way... When you go to change that rear belt do come back to the forum, My understanding is there is a pulley that must be removed to make the switch.

As it has been said many times before, this is the best site hands down. Fellows like Herd of deeres and so many others are the reason. I could name the regular contributors that make it happen, but really does anyone have that much time?

Enjoy the forum. And thanks to My Tractor Forum.

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Old 08-15-2011, 01:41 AM   post #14 of 22
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Thanks to all for the encouraging words and making me feel extremely welcome. Not too many places where you can be a self proclaimed greenhorn and get the support like this. I hope I have a little time before I have to replace the rear belt. It looked pretty good still when I looked at it, but I did notice that it looked like the pulley is pretty close to the axle and not enough room to get the belt in there. Thanks to this forum though, I feel confident to give it a whirl when the time comes!

Cheers, and have a great week everyone,
~DITH
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:29 AM   post #15 of 22
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Thanks for the plug on my thread and glad you got it done This forum is truly a great place and I'm glad I got to pay some back for all the great help I've gotten here. You do need to remove the rear drive pulley (3 x 1/2" bolts) to change the belt because, as you saw, it will not come off around the pulley. Its a little tricky to get the pulley rotated around so you can get to each bolt but with a standard socket set and a box wrench it can be done.
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