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Re: Oliver 550 gear oil leak

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J. W. Schwiebert

03-23-2014 08:37:04

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Thanks for the pictures! Inside that center section there are some oil seals that seal parts of the PTO clutch and the transmission. There is no oil in that section. However when leakage occurs you have what is shown there. Get a small drain pan and crawl underneath and remove the little square plate that gives you the opening to adjust the PTO clutch.(4 7/16 inch cap screws) Watch the junk fall out. Also how often do you grease the PTO and clutch throw out bearings? The key is how much and how hard do you use the PTO? You probably are getting oil on the PYO clutch disks. Not a bad job to repair but the "Z" split is necessary to repair it. Questions? J.

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Rob Vocke

03-23-2014 09:38:46

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 Re: Oliver 550 gear oil leak in reply to J. W. Schwiebert, 03-23-2014 08:37:04  
Thanks for the response. I figured that was what was going on. I just bought the tractor last summer. So not sure how often (or if ever) the pto was greased. I don't use the pto that hard just running a 6' bush hog on grass lanes. I haven't bought a shop manual on it yet I might not keep the tractor. I might start farming my 30 acre farm instead of cash renting it. I'm not sure if the little 550 will put up with what I'll put it through

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J. W. Schwiebert

03-23-2014 11:10:38

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 Re: Oliver 550 gear oil leak in reply to Rob Vocke, 03-23-2014 09:38:46  
I think I would keep the 550 and maybe rent or hire the heavy work done. What crops do you plan on for the 30 acres? How much is cast rent?

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Rob Vocke

03-24-2014 05:27:37

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 Re: Oliver 550 gear oil leak in reply to J. W. Schwiebert, 03-23-2014 11:10:38  
I'm in west central ohio just planting corn and soybeans. Cash rent is 175. Per acre but this is where it gets tricky. We bought the land about 4 yrs ago because the previous land owner rented it to my dad for his nursery. He still has about 1/2 of it with trees and bushes on it. The main problem is it's broken up patches here and there. The guy I rent the ground to uses a commercial spray company that won't spray anything less than 90' wide. I have several areas that aren't but might be 700' x 80'. My wife has a cousin that farms and I could probably get him to plant and pick it each year for a small fee. The main reason for considering all of this is my taxes are almost 10x what they were when we bought the land because of changes in tax credits for farm ground. We just built a house on it last year and after they figure it in next year I see the taxes going up another 5x what they are now

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