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04-02-2010 09:57:31

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Still getting used to the workin's of this 1960 D17 (converted 8Ns guy), so bear with me: The pull-behind bush hog that came with the tractor doesnt have any length adjustment on the shaft. Its either made that way or rusted stuck. Either way, its not moving. The previous owner said he attached a shaft extension to make up the difference. Of course he kept the shaft extension. So, the hitch pin and PTO attachment dont line up. What am I missing? Should the drawbar adjust in length? Theres a lever under the right side of the seat that releases the draw bar, but not sure how to make it all work. Any advise?

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04-04-2010 17:35:31

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to danopearce, 04-02-2010 09:57:31  
rotary cutters of the bush hog variety are notoriuos for getting the telescoping power shaft twisted. Once twisted they difficult to slide in and out, then they get impssible. A new straight shaft is the solution then make sure the shaft protection is correct. The proper size and grade of shear pin or that a friction type slip clutch is not rusted solid

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04-02-2010 20:34:35

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to danopearce, 04-02-2010 09:57:31  
check out harbor freight they have a new shaft for $59.oo

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04-02-2010 15:44:31

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to danopearce, 04-02-2010 09:57:31  
the lever on the right side of the tractor releases the drawbar and releases any snap coupler equipment that you might use

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04-02-2010 11:31:53

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to danopearce, 04-02-2010 09:57:31  
The drawbar release lever is only for removing the drawbar from the Snap-Coupler. Length is adjusted by unbolting and rebolting in different holes- two possibilities. Pto shaft extension? A fixed length extension would not work- shaft needs to change length as terrain changes. You need to get yours sliding.

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04-02-2010 10:24:11

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to danopearce, 04-02-2010 09:57:31  
As LP says fix the shaft or you will end up braking something and the guy who sold it was full of it by the way. There are a number of ways to fix a shaft problem like yours but hard to go into on here because there are lots of ways

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lp gas only

04-02-2010 10:10:26

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to danopearce, 04-02-2010 09:57:31  
Yes, fix the PTO shaft. That HAS to slide in and out to make up the differance when you go through a ditch or over a hill. It will bust your PTO housing or the gear box. SOMETHING has to give.
PTO shaft is siezed or bent. It MUST be rpaired!
good luck. Gary

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04-02-2010 10:23:16

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to lp gas only, 04-02-2010 10:10:26  
Sometimes a couple of mine will stick if they're collapsed all the way. A whack or two with a BFH will knock them loose.

Yours could be stuck anywhere from disuse. Like was said above, they MUST slide. They slide in and out continually going over uneven ground.

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04-02-2010 11:21:56

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to Goose, 04-02-2010 10:23:16  
Understood. I'll pull out The Pursuader and (BFH) and start swinging. On a side note- what exactly is that lever's function?
Thanks all.

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Keith Molden

04-04-2010 07:20:23

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 Re: D17 dumb question in reply to danopearce, 04-02-2010 11:21:56  
That lever is to un-hook any snap-coupled impliment from your tractor. If you look under the tractor where the drawbar goes into that bell looking piece- that'w where the drawbar is connected. It's intended to keep the operator from crawling under the tractor when disconnecting a piece of equipment. Hope this explains it. Just my thoughts, keith

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