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    Question about 214

    My neighbor (collector/hoarder?) is downsizing and getting rid of stuff and gave me a 214. I tried to buy it but he actually offered to pay me to haul it off! Apparently some one had given it to him and he used it for a while before he got a zero-turn to replace it.

    Worse than simply sitting out in the weather, he had it under the eave of the house where the roof drained right down on top of it.

    I am no mechanic, but after a little tinkering, it is running, driving, and mowing. It has a few issues but at least it "works". The engine starts easily and seems to run fine. Even the headlights work!

    My question is this: The steering is very heavy and the turning radius is about a country mile. Is that normal?
    1025R (2013) FEL Q/A 49in bucket, 54D Q/A MMM, iMatch Hitch,
    JD 647 Tiller, Frontier RC2048 cutter, Frontier BB2048L box blade Titan 42” Pallet Forks, Titan Ballast Box
    Armstrong LR5 Rake, Stephens Tractor Cultivator Package, 25 gallon sprayer with dual nozzle boom
    Ken's Bolt On Hooks, Ken's Step, Trailer Receiver Hitch
    Heavy Hitch Toothbar, 54” Polaris Disk, JD 70 Planter (1 row)

    214 (1985) 46 mower deck (M00673)

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    Turning radius is unbelievably huge, especially if you are comparing it to more modern tractors. The steering should not be heavy at all. There is a grease zerk on the steering box, I think you access it from under the tractor. I would have the tractor up on stands and pump some grease in the steering box while you have a helper work the steering wheel lock to lock. Also check all the movable connections in the steering linkage to be sure they aren’t rusted up. There are also zerks on the pedal shafts that you can do while you’re under there. Those tractors are real work horses.

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    Jack the front end up when greasing the spindles. It’s much more effective.
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    Thanks guys, that helps! Too hot and humid to work on it today.
    1025R (2013) FEL Q/A 49in bucket, 54D Q/A MMM, iMatch Hitch,
    JD 647 Tiller, Frontier RC2048 cutter, Frontier BB2048L box blade Titan 42” Pallet Forks, Titan Ballast Box
    Armstrong LR5 Rake, Stephens Tractor Cultivator Package, 25 gallon sprayer with dual nozzle boom
    Ken's Bolt On Hooks, Ken's Step, Trailer Receiver Hitch
    Heavy Hitch Toothbar, 54” Polaris Disk, JD 70 Planter (1 row)

    214 (1985) 46 mower deck (M00673)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydplrs View Post
    Jack the front end up when greasing the spindles. It’s much more effective.
    Good call on giving the spindles a good greasing. Grease zerks all over these old tractors. Probably why so many are still going strong today.
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    Thanks for the advice guys. I was able to get to it this afternoon. It’s amazing what a little grease and some air in the tires will do. I did some test mowing and was able to pretty much steer it with one hand. Much improved.

    I thought for a moment I had a NASCAR tractor. It wanted to turn left more than it would turn right. I found out how to adjust that and it’s even now.

    One more thing, it has a little slack in the steering but I ran out of time today. That will be the next project for another day. That, and sharpening the blades.

    Thanks again!
    1025R (2013) FEL Q/A 49in bucket, 54D Q/A MMM, iMatch Hitch,
    JD 647 Tiller, Frontier RC2048 cutter, Frontier BB2048L box blade Titan 42” Pallet Forks, Titan Ballast Box
    Armstrong LR5 Rake, Stephens Tractor Cultivator Package, 25 gallon sprayer with dual nozzle boom
    Ken's Bolt On Hooks, Ken's Step, Trailer Receiver Hitch
    Heavy Hitch Toothbar, 54” Polaris Disk, JD 70 Planter (1 row)

    214 (1985) 46 mower deck (M00673)

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