Looking for suggestions for removing the two factory seals on a 4WD JD X700 series front PTO housing (part M810730). I've used this as an opportunity to replace the fluids (which looked great, last changed at 264 hours). I haven't been able to pry them out (using a screw driver from the edge) but also want to be careful not to damage the surfaces that receive the PTO shaft seals.
I did review the good post about the front PTO seals started by msmith56: http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...-off-leak.html (but it didn't address original (factory) seal removal).
One thought is to drill a hole in the center of the factory seal and use that to get some purchase to pry out w/ a screw driver but I'm concerned with bits of stuff getting
into the front tranny. Any suggestions?
We've just purchased a used 2012 X749 (409 hrs.) w/ a 62C deck that hasn't been used for snow blowing before. The new front PTO prior kits have been replaced by a more expensive kit BM25305 (w/ Hall effect sensor, etc. for X758 and other 4WD X700 series). I had been considering a Z-turn mower, but came across this. We have lots of fruit trees that I mow around, and since JD chose not to produce a X759 (and I have a very understanding wife / CFO), we got this one. The diesel should help with the snow blowing in Northern WI. I'm looking at a 54" blower since the X749 garden tractor is about 50+" if equipped with chains and the needed chain spacers.
I figured that I'd prefer something smaller that could be equipped with a soft cab cover (Bercomac?) as well as better for going into the woods to collect wood, etc. I'll need to remove and reinstall the cover with all of the trees we drive around. The L130 w/ 42 inch blower doesn't always work well under some snow conditions (and sometimes gets stuck even with chains on).
The family we bought it from are northern Illinois farmers and they're getting two X758s; one for each son for mowing around their properties associated with their 2500 acre operations. They'd have preferred the equivalent of X759's as well, but chose 4WD and diesel since they have and routinely use diesel for the BIG (green) tractors. It was explained to me by a local dealer that the regulations (EPA? or OSHA?) required the tractor in the projected weight class for a X759 would have needed a ROPS, and JD decided to drop that model, since a lot more people prefer the gasoline versions (i.e. X739) anyway. I also prefer the lower flammability of diesel over gasoline and already keep diesel around.
Thanks, Don C.