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Re: Looking at 861 - what should I focus on?

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Jim.UT

10-10-2012 12:30:46
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I bought an 850 for a good price last January. Since then I've assembled a long list of things that need attention....maybe not such a great deal after all.

Maybe this list will help you as you evaluate the one you're looking at.
1. Steering very loose. Seems to be play everywhere: at the sectors and at the spindles.
2. Lift needs addjusting and probably some parts. When I put the lever all the way down, the lift arms don't go as low as they should. If I switch it to draft control, the lift arms will drop another 8". Put it back in position control and they come back up.
3. Brakes are not great. My other 850 has great brakes. You're probably not used to having good brakes with an 8N, so you may not even notice.
4. Transmission won't stay in 1st gear unless I hold the lever in place. Since I do most baling in 1st gear, this is a pain.
5. Temp gauge never moves. Either the gauge is bad or the t-stat has been removed. I've worked it pretty hard and I'm thinking the gauge is bad.

On the bright side, the engine fires right up and runs smooth. And the sheetmetal looks really good!

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DD in WA

10-10-2012 15:46:09
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 Re: Looking at 861 - what should I focus on? in reply to Jim.UT, 10-10-2012 12:30:46  
Jim,
It seems there's a common thread with the tranny and it popping out of gear. Another suggested going down a steep hill in gear to see if it pops out. Any other suggestions on how to test if this is a problem? Does yours pop out only when under a load or all the time?



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Jim.UT

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 Re: Looking at 861 - what should I focus on? in reply to DD in WA, 10-10-2012 15:46:09  
Usually if a tranny is going to pop out of gear it will be when NOT under a load. Mine will actually work in 1st gear if I hold the lever in place until I'm underway as long as it's under load. But if there's any slowdown, like a gentle decline in the ground I'm working, it will pop out.



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