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Inherited 1450

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Ok, I need some advice. I have inherited a Cub Cadet 1450. It was my Grandpa's tractor. This tractor was kept in excellent condition and used regularly as a mower and with a snow thrower for 20+ years. Then it was left outside with a tarp over it for 10 years. It was left in the care of my mother and step father for the past 10 years. The lever that controls the hydraulics broke and wasn't fixed. At some point, an attempt was made to fix it, but due to time and money, wasn't finished. Another cub tractor, a 1250, was bought to be used for spare parts, but it ended up sitting under tarp also.

Anyway, over this past weekend, I changed it's oil, and cleaned it's carb, and replaced the battery, and when I turned the key, it started right up. The only problem is that it won't move. I don't know much, if anything, about the hydro transmission, so I'm not sure what to do. When I push the lever forward, the tractor won't move no matter what. If I pull the lever all the way back, the tractor will creep backwards.

I have both the snow thrower and the mower deck and would love to get this tractor running again, if for nothing else, as a memento of my grandfather. Does anyone have any suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

BTW, I also have the 1250 tractor also that I believe was bought for parts before the 1450 was left to rot. If it is possible that I can use something from it, that would be great.
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Check the fluid level first. Take the trans tunnel off. The panel between your legs when your sitting on the tractor. There are 2 relief valves on top of the hydro pump. They are about an 1 inch nut size. They are the relief valves. They might be stuck in the down positon. Get penitrating oil and spray the top of the vavle. There will be a small hole or a little tip sticking out tha valve. If you see just a hole they are auto relief and if you have a tip then they are manual valves. If they are manual valves get a small pair of plyers and try to pick up the pin in the valve. Try to work it free. But dont force it. This might take a few days of soaking of the valve.
Here's a picture. # 37 is the valve.
If you have any more questions just ask.


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