Good afternoon to all of you that bleed Green!
I have a 1530 that I obtained about 2 years ago. It was bought local and has lived its life within a 15 mile radius of its purchase.
It seems a great machine that had a complete engine rebuild in the last 7 years.
My issue is that the hydraulics do not seem right. When cold...the hydraulics work ok. There is at times an intermittent but very noticeable shudder to the rear implement.
It also has an adjustment or draft setting on the rear hydraulics that adjusts how it works...sorry...but am not a mechanically strong person.
Last year I changed the fluid and the paper filter, pulled the tubular screen and wiped it off. I checked the small screen at the pump and it was clean.
I replaced a steering valve that was extremely sloppy...found out that it was leaking horribly out the bottom and that was a lot of the leaking I had observed.
New valve in place...steering better...but still kinda sloppy..wouldnt want to try to road it in high gear very far...would look like a drunk hillbilly on the road. New BellCrank bushings, new tie rod ends, new drag link.
This year...I mowed about 4 acres of hay and noticed when I moved to another small field...the hydraulics would not raise. Had to let tractor sit for an hour or two then bring it home. I noticed that steering would have catches where the power was not there and was manual attempts....also noticed the brakes were very soft and spongy during this.....Really have not used since. I am wondering if this is the front pump... Again...I worked on people for 30 years and working with tractors...the parts seem different..LOL!!!!
I did load the mower onto a trailer so my brother could use it. Noticed that the implement didnt seem to raise all the way, but, as idle increased and several seconds after I had removed my hand from the adjustment valve....the implement continued to raise although I had topped out the control almost 20 seconds earlier.
Before changing the steering valve...it would get so hot that if you touched it you would be burned...
I have noticed it still seems very hot.
Hard to find anyone that really knows these older tractors....I still believe this un has another 50 years in her.
I would appreciate your thoughts.
**Green in WV**