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i just bought myself a new-to-me sovereign. all i know is that it's an 18hp kohler, hydrostat drive, hydro lift....well, i guess that's about all i do know about it. the manufacturer tag has been ripped where the model numbers would be...and the fuel filter has rubbed most of the engine data off, but from the best i can tell, the engine is a 1993 or 1998 model. would that be correct for this mower? also, should the deck be bent in the front near the shute (hopefully the pictures load and you can see what i'm talking about)? what is the lever next to the brake/clutch/hydro release...whatever it's called? it seems to go fairly slow forward (still has power, just slow), but really moves going in reverse...the suggestions from the allis forum is to check all my linkages from the hydro lever back to the hydro unit itself (haven't done it yet), is that common that slop develops in the linkage? i've downloaded a manual from the simplicity site, just not completely sure if it's the right one...most of the pictures look the same though. can anyone tell me what model this really is....someone said it's probably a 7118h...what do you think?
thanks for any input.

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no big hurry...i was able to mow with it over the weekend already, so everything works.

i have thought of a few more questions though. are the wheels reversible? it's a pain to have the valve stems on the inside.

and is there a quick and easy way to level the deck?
thanks for the info. the lever i was referring to is the front lift lever. atleast that's what the manual refers to it as, i'm not sure what it's used for....front push blade...snow blower...something along those lines?
the hour meter on this thing is 460'ish hours, so hopefully it's good for several more.
i think once i get the deck leveled and figure out how to raise it, it should do a great job on the yard. using the raise/lower lever, i have it all the way raised but it still cuts pretty dang low. if i don't read where i'm doing something wrong, i guess i'll raise the deck to the upper hole on the clevis that raises/lowers the deck...should raise it another 1" roughly.

and another question....what's the pto shaft for? mounting a hydraulic pump to power certain attachments....turning a pulley for belt driven attachments? not that it matters much, i probably won't ever use it for anything, i'm just curious.
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