I have owned this machine for 2 years or so now. It has always been this way except the not wanting to move on startup that has been recent. I have put about 150 hours on it in that time so I don't think its something that is serious I just wish it was a little stronger.
I have never paid attention to the converter pressure at startup. Will do that later. I usually do not see the converter temp guage move much unless I do a lot of hill climbing. I was going to take apart the transmission regulator. Maybe its letting too much flow through it and not getting to the converter.
Yes the engine sounds fine hot and cold. It will load the engine if I have it in high gear and give it full throttle. I just wonder if it loads the engine like it should. The tachometer is long gone in this machine. I have driven other machines like my old michigan and a deere 544E those machines drive much better than the Hough. I usually am always at full throttle to make it move the way I need it to move where as other machines I do not have to do that. In temps say 30 degrees and below 3rd gear is unusable. I usually road travel in 2nd cause there is no increase in speed to use 3rd unless going downhill. Maybe your right this machine needs to retire to florida.
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