|sixbales said: (quoted from post at 20:30:00 02/26/13) An 861 is supposed to have a dipstick for the rear differential/hydraulic reservoir by the PTO shift lever. The filler cap is on top of the rear differential center housing behind the seat.|
Incorrect! The dipstick is for the hydraulic reservoir only! The filler plug is under the seat. The differential/rear axle is an entirely different reservoir and has a level plug on the left trumpet.
Marc - you can buy a new dipstick from NH. My guess though, is that you're losing prime in your pump. Remove the front plug on the top of the pump and look in. If it is not full, crank (don't start) the tractor until it is full. Replace the plug and it'll work fine until the next time it loses prime. If this is your problem, and if it persists, a pump overhaul is in order. This post was edited by Larry NCKS at 05:47:04 02/27/13.