New Simplicity Mower... a few random questions
Hi all, I just picked up a 2003 (I think... PO wasn't 100% sure on the year) Broadmoor with 345 hours. It doesn't look like the PO did anything but put gas in it all these years. She has some squeaks and rattles but overall not in bad shape. Has the 16HP Vanguard engine and the K62 Hydro. I'm going to get to all the maintenance this winter, but had a couple questions as this is my FIRST Simplicity. That being said it is very elegant compared to my 07 Snapper, but I will admit the Snapper has a few legs up on it, which has me a bit surprised and I want to be sure this is normal. The Snapper is a flat out power house with the 23HP Extended Life Briggs engine.
First off, the hydro pedals are a bit stiff compared to the Snapper and almost tire my leg out holding them down. Are these supposed to be harder to push down and return slow? My Snapper will stop on a dime, but the Simplicity slows gradually over a few feet. I'm assuming this is normal, but it seems to take about 3 feet to stop in reverse vs maybe 1-2 in forward. Is this normal? If it is normal, is there a way to adjust this so it will stop faster? It's a bit dangerous because if I need to stop quick, the tractor won't and I'm worried I may run into something.
Second is that there has to be something wrong with the steering. My Snapper will return to center when I release the wheel, the Simplicity will not. Once I get past maybe 1/3 turn, the Simplicity will actually rip the wheel out of my hand and go to full lock without returning to center unless I counter steer back. The front tires are tight and look to be straight/proper. Does anyone have any idea what may cause this? The steering does squeak a little when turned, so I'm wondering if something is worn out.
Any other tips/things you feel I should know about my new machine are welcome.