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06-16-2012, 09:14 AM #11
The older Ventrac was fine and did not have a contamination problem - The newer one has some different size and type of hoses and is just slightly more responsive.
I had no complaints with the first 4231 and have none with this one.
I'm a bit excessive with oil changes, but have never had any engine in any of my equipment break down because of poor lubrication.
Everyone who sees the Ventrac operate is impressed !
06-16-2012, 10:54 AM #12
On the hoses,I understand exactly what you mean,higher quality hoses,with less swelling give a much more responsive feel...but ultimately the horspower delivered thru the hydraulic motors is the same,if it wasnt,your pump/motor may have needed to be resurfaced.Im not sure on the Ventracs,but with a Steiner,the best way to tell is with the machine hot,if your power steering and lift work good,your pump and motors are fine....if they are slow,or steering requires too much effort,your leaks in the system have exceeded the pumps GPM and its time to pull the rear motor and do it first,its usually the problem.Cat 246 SS,Homemade 35T log splitter,2004 Ventrac 4231G various attachments...2005 Dixie chopper XXWD5000, 2001 Dixie Chopper XW2500-60
07-08-2012, 09:43 AM #13
Re: 4231TDDeere 5520, Deere 450H Dozer, Power Trac PT1460, Ventrac 4231 Turbo Diesel, Deere Z-Track 757, Ferris 3100Z 6 foot deck. Never too many toys!
07-28-2012, 02:17 PM #14
With only 200 hrs you better not have any trouble yet.... Look on ebay... Do a search for the 31 Briggs diesel... Lots of low hour blocks for sale... Seems a common problem is pistons cracking at the casting of the front of engine arrow, ... Add to that the unpredictable thrown rod that is also very common . Not much you can do about those. I would think that you could prevent the head cracking by not overheating it and also prevent turbo failures by maintenance, synthetic oil, and adequate cool down.... I still want a diesel... But I'm settling with the gas because it's the most reliable.. That means more than the fuel savings to me.Cat 246 SS,Homemade 35T log splitter,2004 Ventrac 4231G various attachments...2005 Dixie chopper XXWD5000, 2001 Dixie Chopper XW2500-60