Craftsman LT1000 question

Discussion in 'Craftsman / Sears' started by jem131313, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. jem131313

    jem131313 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    Hey guys, new to the forum and just picked up a Craftsman LT1000 for a song. I'm not very familiar with the Hydrostatic trans and I have a question. I can't seem to push the mower backwards off the trailer. I have dis engaged the trans using the lever on the rear, and I have also dis assembled the brake to be sure it wasn't the problem. The brake was frozen originally. The battery is dead so I can't fire it up and back it off either. Any ideas?
     
  2. BelarusBulldog

    BelarusBulldog Registered User

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    Feb 19, 2011
    Can you give the battery a boost to get it going? If you're sure that the brakes are off and the transmission is released, then it should free wheel. Better re-check everthing. Great score BTW! Bye
     

  3. jem131313

    jem131313 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    I think the battery has a bad cell. I;m going to pull the battery from my Toro and see if it has enough juice to fire it up. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something I was missing. I'll let ya know how I make out
     
  4. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun Member

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    May 8, 2007
    Not a transmission guy, but did you drive it on to the trailer?

    Posting the Sears 917.xxxxxx number is typically useful so one can identify what specific parts your tractor has.
     
  5. jem131313

    jem131313 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    Nah it was lifted on to the trailer by brute force. I tinkered alittle with it tonight. It's going to need a new magneto. I was able to cleanup the one on it with some sand paper and get it to fire over so it appears the motor is in decent shape. Anybody know how hard it may be to replace the steering gear in it? Previous owner said it was hard as heck to turn the wheel. I've been focused on getting it running I haven't even given the steering a thought.
     
  6. jc56

    jc56 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    Sounds like a brake issue..of some sort.It should move unless the brake is stuck somehow.I have a LT1000 myself and I clean the steering gear and grease every year...also grease front spindles.It has really light steering if everything is right.Bye
     
  7. jem131313

    jem131313 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    She's alive!!!!

    Ok, here what I got tractor number 917-272760 LT1000. I got her to fire up and run, but I go ot back her off the trailer and she's stalling the motor as I release the clutch/brake. She'll free roll forward, but reverse seems to be locked up tight. Thoughts feelings suggestions?
     
  8. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun Member

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    May 8, 2007
    Is it stalling the motor because reverse is locked up,
    OR
    stalls because you are releasing the clutch in ANY direction?
     
  9. jem131313

    jem131313 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    Good question Bill.

    You made me go out and take a look at things and I found the seat switch was unplugged and there was a jumper wire laying under the seat. I plugged in the seat switch and she drives under power just fine. Next item up for solutions is the steering. The quadrant is now frozen in place. I spent a good part of today removing that because of the arm nderneath being stuck in a position that blocked access to the las bolt.

    I'm needing the steering gear and does anybody know of good places to look for a replacement deck? This one is rusted in too many places to salvage I think.

    BTW, she doesn't push backwards
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  10. dangeroustoys56

    dangeroustoys56 Collector

    Jul 26, 2010
    You might want to look for a parts tractor of the same model - would be cheeper in the long run.
     
  11. jem131313

    jem131313 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    Yeah, I've been checking CL hoping to find someone looking to get rid of with a blown engine ro rearend, just not having any local luck.

    Thanks for the reply though
     
  12. Country Boy

    Country Boy Bovi-Sapiens

    Mar 18, 2010
    The LT1000 was built by Husqvarna for Sears (at least all the ones I have worked on were), so a Husqvarna tractor might work for you as well. They are built by Husqvarna's subsidiary American Yard Products, which now makes the Murray brand as well. Might open up some options for you. There may have been changes over the years, so you might want to get a model number and check part number interchange before you buy.
     
  13. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Before you replace it,try squirting some PB Blaster on it,ans see if it will free up.Could save some $$.
     
  14. dangeroustoys56

    dangeroustoys56 Collector

    Jul 26, 2010
    Ive actually freed up rusty deck mandrels using carb cleaner - they were the type with the plastic 'snap in' sides - i just forced some high temp wheel bering grease into them and put them back together- most new ones today have the crimped in metal sides unfortunately.
     
  15. jem131313

    jem131313 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    The mandrels aren't frozen up. The shell is actually rotting away. Considering I got the tractor for free I could buy a new deck from Wildcats on ebay and for $400 I would still be ahead. I think I;m going to try some of the mom and pop shops around here and that may actually junk mowers and see if any of them has a deck that could fit.

    Does anybody know of a website where I can find cross over numbers from craftsman to AYP to Husquavarna?
     
  16. dangeroustoys56

    dangeroustoys56 Collector

    Jul 26, 2010
    Sounds like my free parts LT craftsman from a few years ago - has a deck i wanted to use on my running LT - but deck is pretty much swiss cheese and mandrels are shot, i took all the attachment stuff off and i plan on using another spare deck for it.
     
  17. jem131313

    jem131313 New Member

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    Jan 16, 2012
    I got the steering parts in from Sears during the week. Threw everything back together Saturday morning and took her for a shakedown drive around the neighborhood. Nice tight turning radius, decent ground speed witht the lever all the way forward. I'm not sure why I can't seem to get the trans to release to neutral for me to push her backwards still, but I'm still monkeying around with it. I got the deck sitting up on a set of saw horses in the garage. I may take a look and see what I can do with it. If nothing else I got a tractor to pull my little utility trailer around the yard and help me with the landscaping. You think the LT1000 has enough umpf to drag rail-road ties?
     
  18. dangeroustoys56

    dangeroustoys56 Collector

    Jul 26, 2010
    Youd be surprised what tractors can pull around - only thing of concern is the ' factory steel hitch' - i was hauling a load of dirt to the back yard and bent it straight down - you might want to reinforce it or build something beefier for hauling heavy loads.

    This one tractor i got had this 1/4" steel bolt on heavy duty hitch with a trailer ball - all custom made - bolted to the stock hitch hole and around the sides thru stock bolt locations.
     
  19. ftorleans1

    ftorleans1 New Member

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    Jul 11, 2009
    Yes, the steering can get quite difficult. Do be sure to check the front spindles. The front spindles have just minimal room for grease so, if you will be using the tractor alot, be prepared to grease them on a regular basis.
    As others have stated about the rear hitch, be careful how much you load the factory plate. I build custom receiver hitches which are much stronger...
    Google: Cedar Mill Bumper and Hitch.

    Best of luck with your freebie!!!
    Cedar Mill Bumper and Hitch
     
  20. tjosh11

    tjosh11 New Member

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    Mar 3, 2015
    I just bought a lt1000 with hydrostatic trans and the mower will not move at all. One wheel will move forward and one will go back. I used the lever on the back but did not do anything. please help I am new to thish.