I had a JD 4310 for almost 18 years. The first 10 years was great and it was reliable and faithful. The last 8 years were more and more problems. So last year I decided it was time to upgrade. I purchased a new 3033R and have had problems from day 1. When I received the tractor last summer, I kept getting a battery light indicating it was not charging. This kept coming on and off especially if I was going faster. After troubleshooting that, I found that one of the battery cables that connects back to the main block on the left side of the tractor was missing the nut. It wasn't even there, so it was just loose and the faster I went the more eratic the connection was. Then I noticed another part which was some type of aluminum shield was just dangling in this same area. Totally missing 1 of the 2 bolts that held it in place. Mind you this was a brand new tractor and by this time I only had about 2 hours on it before this problem started. The dealer didn't have the parts, had to order, had to wait a week. That did not leave a good taste in my mouth. The reason I bought this was because I was hoping I wouldn't have yearly problems with a new tractor for awhile.
Anyway, I ran the tractor Saturday doing some bush hogging for about 1.5 hours. At one point the tractor cut off on me. I discounted that occurence at that time, because I thought maybe I lifted off the seat just enough for the safety switch to cut power. Other than that everything ran fine. Then Monday I ran the tractor for about 2 hours. Basically I was doing some tree trimming from the bucket and had my wife moving me from tree to tree. So pretty much just idle and moving in A range in 1st gear - real slow. After about an hour it cut off, while it was idling. I though that was odd, then it did it several more times. Each time it started, but it seemed like it was not starting as easy as the last. After about the 5th time cutting off, it would not restart.
So I figured I had a battery issue, although I don't understand why it would cut off while running. Anyway, last night I figured I would try to jump the tractor, however, it would not jump. It would turn over no problem but it would never start. I figured even if the battery was not great that it ought to jump start. If that was the case I was goign to put it on charge overnight and see what it did, however, it would not jump start. Turns over just fine, every time - just won't start.
I checked the battery and all the terminals are very clean and have solid connections. When the tractor was cutting off on Saturday, the engine was not overheating and we were not getting any indicator lights of a problem.
I am not sure where to start trying to troubleshooting this as I am not the most mechanically inclined person. Does anyone have any guidance or direction for me. It would be most appreciated.