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Well, I finally got a John Deere. Its just a L110 but I'm happy to finally get one. This thing has been abused though so its going to be a project getting it back up into shape. First thing I did today was wash off the 20 pounds of mud and grass clippings. I dropped the deck and it is going to be unusable. One spindle has a crack all around it and is tore off. I can see it has also been welded a few times before in a few places. Bearings and pulleys all look good so hopefully I can find a bare deck to put them on. Needs new tires, all have plugs with one rear having 9 in one hole. The hood of course is cracked and not on correctly.

The seat frame and seat are also missing. I want to try and start it before I sink much money into it. I am going to go get a battery but I don't think it will start without the seat safety switch hooked up. Is there any way to wire around that just as a test? If it won't run I don't want to waste the time or money trying to find a seat.

Wow, it sounds like a piece of junk now that I list all the things wrong with it but did I say ITS A DEERE!
 

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arn't the l100 series a newer tractor ????
Depends on what you consider new. They were manufactured in 2003/04. That one was left outside and the owner beat up on it pretty good.
 

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There are plenty of aftermarket parts businesses like our own that can save you some monies. To bypass the seat switch, just unplug it and wire together and tape. Only do for test purposes because there is a reason its there. The other way to eliminate all switches is to unplug the single small wire to the coil. You will have to ground it or plug it back in to shut it off.
 

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I'm sure I will have twice what its worth into it by the time I'm done. I do like a good challenge though and I'm in no hurry to get it running. I will keep my eyes open for parts on ebay/craigslist and pick up stuff as I come across a good deal.

Looks like some one bypassed all the safeties on this as it started right up and drove with no seat on it. When I get a seat I will hook that one back up and any other safety switches when I put a deck on it.
 

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I have managed to do quite a bit of work on the L100. Changed oil/air/fuel filters and spark plug. I found a used deck in great condition that a person was selling because he wanted to use his L100 to pull a trailer only. I found a new JD seat at Northern Tool (on sale $39), a seat bracket off ebay and the seat adjuster from the local JD dealer. I purchased a nice Craftsman mower (locked up motor) with new tires for the price of one new tire. The rims even worked on the Deere. The backs are a bit bigger but I think they look good on there! I bent the hood bracket back into shape so the hood opens and closes.

I have two issues I have to work out. The first, is when I engage the mower the engine dies. Not sure why that would happen. Anyone have any ideas? The second issue is the fan over the rear end is missing all the blades. I am sure its fine to test a bit but I think I will need to replace it before using it much.
 

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Sounds like you got some of the bugs worked out on this abused tractor. You will want to replace the fan on the rear end before using the tractor for any length of time. Failure to do so will most likely result in a premature failure of your hydro trans-axle.
 

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You have to be sitting in the seat for the PTO to not kill the engine and have the seat safety switch working for this to work. By the way it is against forum rules to tell you how to by pass afety devices mostly for liability reasons. Roger
 

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Well, I finally got a John Deere. Its just a L110 but I'm happy to finally get one. This thing has been abused though so its going to be a project getting it back up into shape. First thing I did today was wash off the 20 pounds of mud and grass clippings. I dropped the deck and it is going to be unusable. One spindle has a crack all around it and is tore off. I can see it has also been welded a few times before in a few places. Bearings and pulleys all look good so hopefully I can find a bare deck to put them on. Needs new tires, all have plugs with one rear having 9 in one hole. The hood of course is cracked and not on correctly.

The seat frame and seat are also missing. I want to try and start it before I sink much money into it. I am going to go get a battery but I don't think it will start without the seat safety switch hooked up. Is there any way to wire around that just as a test? If it won't run I don't want to waste the time or money trying to find a seat.

Wow, it sounds like a piece of junk now that I list all the things wrong with it but did I say ITS A DEERE!
All I have to say is NICE very nice, I mean the "57 chevy":sidelaugh:sidelaugh:sidelaugh
 

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Thanks beabruin, I will stop by the JD dealer and pick up the fan. I don't want to temp fate with this trans-axle.

Looks like it is a safety switch issue with the mower. I probably will need to pick up a new seat safety switch when I am at the dealer also.

I've had the '57 for at least 30 years. This JD mower is a lot cheaper to work on. LOL
 

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Man that 100 is banged up, but sounds like you got it about ready to roll out, you got that high back seat on NT's website?

When engaging the blades you say it dies, does it gradually bog down and die or immediately die like flipping a switch...
 

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That fan has probably been busted for a long time (very common on the L1xx series). Pull the transaxle and change the fluid when you replace the fan. It's likely a K46 hydro, so 5W-50 synthetic.

Make sure you can rotate the deck spindles by hand, so we can concentrate on a safety switch causing your engine-dying problem, and not a frozen spindle or something pulley/belt related.

It looks odd with the white sneakers, but I like the wider rear tires. It should've come that way from the factory.
 
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