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A few questions on a 7116 from a Newbie

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bakerman
Hi, First, Just want to say what a great Website and Forum this is! I'll try to keep this short but I have a few questions. I have a Simplicity 7116 Hydro approx 1980 or 81 which I purchased earlier this year. The guy that sold it to me said he had changed the fluid in the Hydro and not to worry about it. Well, I am, I would like to change it to do a service on it. What's best to use? I have heard everything from Mobil One to regular tranny fluid. Also, this unit has an electric lift, he told me I can convert it to a hydraulic lift with no problem. Is this true? I haven't seen any hydraulic units available, would like to find one if it can be done, but I am still kind of wondering if he just sold me a story. The Tractor seems pretty strong, the mower deck is falling apart and I am going to have to replace it before next year. I had an old B-110 several years ago and it was the best tractor I ever had, wished I never got rid of it. Guess that's why I jumped on this one. Hope someone can answer my questions and thanks for listening!

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RayS
Hi Gary, First off welcome to the club. I use type F. Mobile one is a motor oil and is not a fluid that is recommended by the manufacture. He didn`t sell you a story. Hydraulic lift can be done. You will need a shim kit for the sunstrand (check with RodH he has the part numbers needed), a cylinder and a hydraulic lift lever. Mower deck housings are still available new. Electric lifts are not that bad.


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bakerman
Thanks Ray, that is making me feel better already. Are hydraulic units hard to come by or are they still out there? Also, on the deck issue, I have one spindle that sounds kind of noisy and wobbly, I have been greasing it like crazy trying to get thru the mowing season. Is it better to get a different pan and a new spindle or just go all the way? In other words, if one starts to go do they all go? Thanks for the help

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427435
There is also Mobil 1 transmission oil. It would probably be fine to use. I still have a little AC 821 hydraulic/transmission oil left that was called for in the AC units and will use it up before changing to the Mobil 1 transmission fluid.

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goatfarmer
Welcome!d:) If you just use your tractor for mowing, I would stick with the electric lift. If you do any snowplowing, or snowblowing, I wouldn't recommend the electric lift. I have one on my AC 712H. It's slow, and sometimes inconvenient with a blade.

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bakerman
Thanks, To all, Must be he was talking about the Mobil 1 Transmission Oil. Yes, Planning on plowing and or blowing with this, this winter, unless we luck out with no snow in upstate NY!

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OrangeMetalGuy
The grease fittings on the deck arbors are there so you can squirt grease in to prevent rust. As the shafts turn, the grease coats the insides (there's actually a part called a "flinger" to "fling" the grease around). As someone mentioned above, the bearings themselves are sealed. Not hard to replace.

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