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    Default Gravely PTO not working

    I own a Gravely tractor model 8127. I bought it last summer and it mowed fine. Hooked up the monster snow thrower this past winter and it was awesome. I put the mowing deck back on today and the PTO won't drive the mower blades.

    When I engage the PTO the drive shaft & blades turn very slowly (1 rpm), but with no torque (I easily stopped the blades with a stick)

    The PTO lever moves OK, but it has always been hard to disengage (like it has to go over-center or something). The transmission PTO lever will hardly rotate/pivot with or without the linkage attached.

    Any suggestions? PTO cone clutch ***'y?

    Now for the mea culpa: the transmission oil was very low (never checked it last year - just got the manuals over winter). It was down 1-1/2 qt. Could that have seized the PTO clutch shaft or worse?

    Finally, can anyone recommend a good source for parts?

    I Appreciate the help

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    Default Re: Gravely PTO not working

    The first thing to do is to unbolt the mower PTO and make sure you lined up all the parts correctly. If you get the clutch/drive mismatched when you hook them up, the PTO won't work and the linkage will be bound up.

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    Default Re: Gravely PTO not working

    I bought some more oil and filled to top of the little pipe at top of transmission. It took 8+ qts total (capacity is 6 qt, so it must have been bone dry). I will let sit for a while and see if PTO frees up. The manual says to fill completely to top, but when I started the engine the oil started spraying out of the vent hole in cap. It shouldn't be under any pressure, should it?

    I don't understand the instructions in the manual for adjusting the linkage. If I tighten linkage (make it longer), the spacing in front of the PTO lever is ~1/2" max, regardless of how "tight" I make it. It is very hard to engage/disengage. If I loosen/shorten the linkage the lever flops around front-to-back. How much rotation of the PTO lever (part attached to shaft going into transmission) is normal (in degrees)? Mine moves <3 deg.

    Thanks for the tip on Richard's. I'll try them.

    Finally, does anyone know the red paint color code or source for spray paint for my 1979 model 8127?

    I do appreciate the help. So far I really like this tractor and everything I read about Gravely's

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    Default Re: Gravely PTO not working

    you only fill it until it comes out the pipe on the side. the one on top is the fill, the one on the side is the level.

    adjust your pto clutch and it will probably be fine.
    2007 Kubota L3130, LA723 FEL
    Land Pride FDR1672 rear finish mower, Frontier RB1172, Koyker KB60 BH
    Pallet forks, Golf cart canopy bolted to ROPS, 9" & 12" PHD

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    Default Re: Gravely PTO not working

    I re-read the instructions several times to find the transmission fluid "check plug". I will drain the excess oil. It seems too low in the transmission side to have 6 quart capacity at that height, though. Am I still missing something?

    Thanks for the tip, Hawkeye08!

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    Default Re: Gravely PTO not working

    While it seems that the elbow is low, it does indeed take 6 quarts of oil to refill a transmission.

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    Default Re: Gravely PTO not working

    OK, I drained the oil out until it was level with the oil level plug, then added an extra quart back in. I re-adjusted the PTO linkage, drove it around but no change to the PTO output. When engaged, it still turns very slowly (~1-5 rpm) but has no torque (I can grab it and easily stop it). When disengauged it stops rotating as it should.

    Any other suggestions? Or is it time to tear into the transmission and have the clutch replaced?

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    Default Re: Gravely PTO not working

    The PTO clutch is dangerous. Please be very careful when working on it. I also caution against buying an ebay unit (hard to tell if they are in good shape).

    It might just be stuck but I think it still requires splitting the transmission. Very easy to get things in wrong.

    I can't think of any other tricks to get it to engage..
    2007 Kubota L3130, LA723 FEL
    Land Pride FDR1672 rear finish mower, Frontier RB1172, Koyker KB60 BH
    Pallet forks, Golf cart canopy bolted to ROPS, 9" & 12" PHD

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    Default Re: Gravely PTO not working

    I got the motor off, looked inside and my PTO has no gap. I got the tansmission off, and have most everything removed and ready to split the transmission case. I encountered three remaining issues:

    1) I can't get the wheel hub off the shaft. I am going to rent a pully puller, unless someone else has a better suggestion. (I removed the e-ring and setscrew; I don't have a torch available)
    2) I can't get the hex nut off of the brake drum shaft. It's too tight to loosen, and the brake drum spins when I try. I can't hold the tranny, both wheels, and turn the wrench at the same time to loosen the nut.
    3) I can't get the fwd clutch hub off the #1 shaft. I removed the retaining ring on the splined shaft, but the hub won't slide off. Will pulley puller work here too? Or does it even need to come off before opening the case? The manual doesn't mention it further once the retaining ring is removed.

    I sprayed with WD-40 and will let is sit overnight while I come up with solutions and await any suggestions.

    Lastly, I noticed some play in the transmission shafts for the hi/low and 1/2/3/4 speed linkages. Schematic shows two bushings, part 17943 (.756 x 1.125 x .5) and part 17925. Does anyone know the material for both (steel, oilite, etc?) and the dimensions of the second? Or an industry standard replacement?

    Thanks in advance,

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