Busy week. Engine is ready to pull. Maybe Saturday. Gonna use a forklift as the engine lift.
Tranny is definitely leaking. Called today for price on rebuild. $1100 plus shipping back and forth to MN. Talked to the JD dealer here. Learned a new definition for R&R. Remove and replace. Service manager says their techs are not trained to repair anything. No wonder their color is green, as in money - lots of it for parts. No replacement parts available for my 40 year old machine from them either.
Watched a few YouTubes on hydrostatic tranny rebuilds. Might be way above my pay grade. Hence the consideration of shipping it to MN. At least there is a warranty with that. We'll see after the engine is out.
So the tranny will be removed from the rear axle and shipped via FedEx (~$70) next week.
There is gonna be more than a few bucks in this project. But I still would not even be able to buy the basic tractor new without the FEL or BH. Three to four times as much for a small tractor with those accessories that can do the job. The baby lawn tractor are made of pressed sheet metal and plastic and not up to the task at hand. So moving on. Penciled out renting. Would spend nearly as much renting when building the house and only helped someone else pay off their tractor. At least this way, I'll still have my dirt toy to schlep stuff I can't any longer.
And will there be a market to sell it when that day comes. Yup. In over populated areas like this one, yards are small and landscapers would love one. Ordinary tractors cannot begin to get down side yards to get into a back yard or turn around once in there!
Here are some pix.
Now that the robotics people are out of the lab, I can get back to the CNC cabinet. I'll work on that while I wait on the tranny to get back and the new engine to arrive. Then entice my neighbor who is a mechanic and intrigued by this whole thing to help me marry the two back into the frame.