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When you are mowing with your Craftsman lawn tractor, you are apt to accidentally run into something. When you run into something, your steering can get knocked off kilter causing you to have to hold your steering wheel crooked in order to go straight. You can remove your Craftsman lawn tractor steering wheel and adjust it as needed with a few supplies.
Turn your steering wheel so the front wheels are facing straight forward.
Pop the center cover off of the steering wheel with a flathead screwdriver.
Unscrew the 3/8 inch nut with a 3/8 inch wrench. Remove the nut and the washer below it.
Pull off the steering wheel. Slide the steering wheel back down onto the slotted, steering wheel adapter so the steering wheel cross bars are horizontal (left to right). Look at the Craftsman manual in the additional references below on page 7 to see a diagram.
Replace the washer and tighten down the 3/8 inch nut. Place the center cover back on the steering wheel.
Open the engine compartment and remove the negative battery cable with the adjustable wrench.
Locate the back side of the steering wheel column inside the engine compartment and locate the small box mounted to the shaft that is connected to a plastic wiring harness. This is the steering wheel position sensor
Unplug the wiring harness by hand and remove the retaining screw holding the old sensor in place with a Phillips screwdriver.
Attach the new switch with the screwdriver and plug it into the plastic wiring harness.
Replace the Deere's negative battery cable with the adjustable wrench.
Loosen the center acorn nut that holds the steering wheel to the steering shaft with a large adjustable wrench in a counterclockwise direction. Do not completely remove the nut.
Spray the center hub of the steering wheel around the steering shaft liberally with penetrating oil and let it work in for a few hours before proceeding.
Place a three jaw gear puller over the spoke of the steering wheel. Place a hex nut in between the top of the steering wheel’s acorn nut and the bottom of puller’s threaded shaft to prevent damage to the acorn nut.
Place an adjustable wrench over the nut on top of the puller’s threaded shaft and turn it in a clockwise direction until the steering wheel loosens from the steering shaft.
Remove the puller from the steering wheel. Finish removing the center acorn nut and pull the steering wheel straight up and off of the steering shaft.
The MF 135 was in production from 1964 until 1975.
The MF 135 was the biggest selling tractor of its time until it was replaced by the 235 model in 1975.
There were a few different types of engines that powered the MF 135. Perkins manufactured both diesel and gasoline engines that put out 45 horsepower. Continental produced an engine that was slightly less powerful with only 39 horsepower.
This model of tractor was used as the workhorse of the family farm. It pulled everything from cultivators, manure spreaders, seeders and hay balers. A front end loader could also be attached, making it useful as a snow remover, grader or even as a feed lot cleaner.
After Market Items
Adding to its versatility, there are several after market items that can be purchased, such as covered cabs, front end loaders and power steering kits.
Fluid leaks are common on Jinma tractors. Typically these leaks are minor cracks in the fuel or oil tank. If the leaks are small enough, you can repair them with a liquid filler or patch them with an epoxy. Fluid leaks are a problem that Jinma is aware of, and the company plans to rectify it with future models.
Jinma tractors have hard plastic seats that are not ideal for long days at the wheel. Jinma does offer a soft seat cover separately from its factory headquarters in China. If you spend a lot of time on your tractor, the extra cost is worth the comfort.
Jinma tractors have turf tires, which are useful for driving over lawns because they don't leave large divots. However, for driving over muddy terrain these tires tend to get clogged with debris easily and lose traction, which is dangerous. Invest in some standard AG tires from a separate retailer, and outfit your Jinma with tires that are appropriate for your work.
Many Jinma dealers in the U.S. are ill equipped to satisfactorily inspect a Jinma tractor, according to John's Tractor. If you are mechanically inclined, you can perform the inspection yourself. If you're not, review the credentials of the person selling you the tractor. Ask her if she has sold many Jinma models in the past. Large dealers and distributors are generally more reliable, though a small expert dealer can provide more personal attention.
The PTO is a shaft on the rear end of a tractor that transfers power from the tractor to another implement or piece of equipment such as a manure spreader or planter.
PTO shafts typically operate at two speeds; the slower speed is 540 revolutions per minute and the faster speed is 1,000 revolutions per minute.
According to North Dakota State University Cooperative Extension, in only 1 second, a PTO operating at the slower speed of 540 rpm can wrap your arm around its shaft nine times.
According to the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, up to 20 percent of farm injuries occur as a result of PTO accidents.
Make sure the PTO shaft on your tractor has a shield to minimize your chances of getting entangled in it. Never allow children near your tractor, especially if it’s running.
Decide how much tractor you need and can afford. Tractors come in various sizes and engine horsepower ratings. Wheel configurations and options vary. Visit the Tractor Data website for more information on choosing a tractor.
Shop for tractors that fit your horsepower requirements and repayment ability. Look on local sales lots, in the newspaper classifieds or do a search for tractors on the Internet.
Put together a business plan stating why you need a tractor, how much it is going to cost and how you plan to repay the money.
Ask dealerships if they have financing plans--most do. Ask a private owner if he will consider taking payments for the tractor and what interest rate he would carry on the loan.
Call your local bank and set up an appointment with a loan officer. Bring your business plan and information on the tractor you want. Be prepared to show that you have repayment ability on the tractor you want to finance.
Go online to C.H. Brown Company or Tractor Financial and fill out their application for financing. C.H. Brown finances equipment all over the United States and has tractors for sale. Tractor Financial will help you locate an approved dealer and offers a leasing plan along with financing.
Make sure the snow blade will fit your specific model of Craftsman tractor. Not all snow blades are compatible with each Craftsman tractor's front mount.
Lay the screws and bolts that came with the snow blade on a flat mat. This will allow you to identify and reach them during the installation process.
Position the snow blade on the front of the tractor frame. The back of the snow blade will have a bracket with holes on each side that will align perfectly with holes on the front frame of the tractor. Have a friend insert the three to four bolts that attach each side of the snow blade bracket to the tractor frame.
Tighten the nuts on the bolts.
George Esterly patented a horse-drawn straddle row cultivator in 1856, and A.C. Howard of Australia invented a rotary cultivator with revolving blades in 1912. The BF Avery Company developed a tractor-mounted cultivator in 1918. The International Harvester Company developed an integral-mounted cultivator in 1925.
Determine your budget. It is important to keep in mind your price range when choosing the right tractor for you.
Choose a lawn tractor that has the engine in the front with the mowing deck below the engine. This type has a larger engine than normal riding mowers and will have a better turning radius as well.
Determine the deck size or the mowing radius that is sufficient for your acreage. For example, a 1/2-to-1-acre area will require a mowing radius of 42 inches; 1-to-2-acre sites will need up to a 46-inch mowing radius, while a 2-to-3-acre area will require a 46-, 50- or 54-inch deck.