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Recently picked up a Sunstar with a 16HP Kohler. Model # 1691357. Starting to go over it and do the maintenance that it needs.The tractor only has 550 hours according to the meter but the hydro oil and filter was replaced in 2008. Thought that I would replace it again and it calls for filter # 1671234sm which sells for about $60. Being a bit of a tightwad is there a less costly filter available? Can't seem to find one.
 

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TDIPAUL, Picked this up last month in Telford,Pa. It runs well and thank goodness it had the plow already mounted which has been used twice already. The unit has not been cleaned up yet as it has been too cold to do much. The only major problem that I see so far is the steering. Needs a quarter turn before anything happens. Hoping that there is a fix to tighten it up a bit. This is a real tank. Much heavier than my old White GT 2550. The Kohler magnum 16HP seems to provide enough power to handle the plow which has the hydraulic lift. Hope that the deck works as well.I'll get some pics when we get a warmer day.
 

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Here are a few pics of my new Sunstar. The plow works great and the hydraulic lift really helps my injured right hand. Haven't been able to do much because of the cold. (Only 6 degrees when I got up this morning) Punxsatawney Phil says we are going to have an early spring. I'm ready for that.Looked for an excuse to use the plow again. Cleaned up the driveway this morning due to a little snow that fell yesterday.
 

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Don't know what it's for other than protecting the hydraulics and the battery. Incidentaly, this tractor has a full size auto battery which really helps in this weather. Had a hard time starting because there was dampness in the throttle cable which was frozen. Used hairdryer to thaw it out after removing the empty box so I could access the cable. Everything good after that. Bud
 

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Did a little snow removal on Monday and all went well. Got a bit more snow monday night into Tuesday which was followed by freezing rain. Went out last evening to clean up the mess. The snow had been compacted to less than 3 inches but was heavy as h.... The sunstar couldn't handle the uphill driveway and just spun wheels. Had to drive up to the top and then plow downhill to clean up the drive which took too much time. Got to find a way to add more weight to the rear. The wheel weights and loaded tires are not enough.Does anyone have a way to make something to attach to the rear that doesn't require welding? I'm going to try and come up with something using some angle iron that I have laying around. I see that Tractor Supply has Hitch attachment to hold a bucket but it costs too much. I might be forced to spend the money if I can't come up with something. ( Mojack Multi use hitch $24.99 plus Mojack Bucket carrier $29.99.) That looks like the best thing that I have seen if a cheaper way isn't possible. Any ideas?
 

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I think that the extra weight won't hurt. The front plow is really heavy. I took a look at the rear of my tractor today and think that I have found how to make some brackets that will hold weight. The tractor has very heavy built metal in the rear and I found some L shape steel that should work. If it gets a little warmer tomorrow I'll put it together and take some pics.
 

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I was hoping that there would be an adjustment on the gears to get rid of some of the slop. It is still too cold for me to get under the tractor. My 87 year old bones are not working so well now. Spring is coming in 30 days! Hopefully early. I want to do more maintenance and a little painting. I did start to make some brackets to add more weight in the rear. I will take some pics as soon as I finish. Herb
 

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Just finished the weight bracket and mounted it. It looks like it will come in handy today. It's snowing right now and we are expecting about 5 inches today followed by freezing rain tonight. Here is a few pictures of the bracket. Just have to secure the bucket and fill it with sand. Herb
 

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Update- We got about 4 inches so far and decided to try out the plow with the bucket attached although I only had enough sand to fill half the bucket. I did notice the performance was a bit better pushing the snow uphill but still got a little wheel spin. I'll get some more sand or stone to fill the bucket and it should help a little more. Every little bit helps. The snow is now turning to freezing rain. Glad I plowed when I did. Herb:tango_face_smile:
 

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Eric, I will look into your type of chains for next year. The 2 link chains that I have on now don't seem to mess up the asphalt as long as they don't spin but as soon as I have a few extra bucks laying around I will look into the type that you have on the John Deere. When the weather warms up I do want to recoat the asphalt so that should get rid of the scrapes done by the chains. Herb
 

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TDIPAUL, The deck is in good shape now. The inside roller brackets were bent and the rollers were jammed but I was able to get them straightened. There is no rust out on this deck, Really heavy. Looking forward to installing it on the tractor in about a month. They say the simplicity deck really cuts well, I have to get the tractor up on ramps so I can get under it and change the filter plus grease everything. I see that there are several fittings on the steering gear which may not have been greased for a long time and maybe that will take some of the slop out of the steering. Herb
 

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G1, I just ordered the WIX filter from EBay. Cost $12.99. Hope that it fits, if not it's not the end of the world. Thanks for the info. Herb
 

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TUDOR, Thanks for the help on the filter problem. I will check for interference as soon as I can get the tractor raised enough to crawl under it. The weather has not been cooperating lately. Spring is coming soon I hope. Been busy taking care of wife and doing household stuff. Herb
 

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Finally, Got some warm weather yesterday and crawled under the Sunstar. It does have a fan behind the trans which will interfere with the longer filter. Looking at the fan the blades could be trimmed about 1/4" and then the longer filter could be used. Any thoughts about doing that? The fan would still be cooling a fair bit and the larger filter itself would have more exposure to air i addition to having more oil capacity.
 

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Gerald, I think that you are right. It probably isn't worth the time to trim the fan blades and it could possibly mess up the trans. Time to stop the "******* repairs" LOL Herb
 

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The grass finally started to grow this week. Put down some Scotts weed and feed last week and it looks like it is working already. We had some rain last night and today the grass is jumping out of the ground. Will probably have to cut it next week. The mower is mounted and leveled and ready to go. The old Kohler is running O.K. but idling lousy. I did a rebuild but it didn't help. Just ordered a new carburetor today (An off-brand). We'll see how that does.
 
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