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Hello,

I have a John Deer 35D mini Excavator that I picked up in Kansas from an auction. It apparently ran during the auction but when I got to the equipment yard it wouldn't start. The yard attendant tried to jump it with no luck. The battery looked pretty beat up so I had him load it with the fork lift and rolled out.

Today we threw on a new battery and still no luck.

Turn the key to the warm position and the gauges light up.... Turn to "on" position and nothing... Then turn the key to start and the gauges light up but it won't turn over. No clicking of the starter either.

Is there some type of a kill switch on these that I'm missing? I couldn't find the starter location either. I feel like I could be missing something simple. Any help is appreciated.


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See if Deere has an online owners manual. Sounds like a safety switch might be holding you out? I'm just guessing here. Other than the typical trans neutral, hydro neutral, seat and parking brake switch, I don't know what else to look for at this point. Stay tuned, as someone here will guide you into success!
 

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Kill switch

I've only been on only a few excavators and they all had kill switches but nothing lit up when they were thrown. Some excavators won't start unless the door is closed and latched. There may be a door lever that has to be moved as well, not sure about a seat belt safety switch.

It really sounds like there's a safety switch somewhere in the machine that's not happy.

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i rented a excavator similar to urs over the labor day holiday. it worked wonderful till i loaded it on our friends trailer. it did the same thing that urs is doing. the next morning when we delivered it back to the rental place. for an hr or more they read the book-tested things. wasn't until they dropped a skid pan inspection plate on the motor-did they find the problem-a small wire on the starter had slipped off the solenoid-which was letting juice to the starter. put that back on-and bang it started.
maybe mine is just one in a million-but i think u should drop ur inspection plate-and look around some. good luck.
 

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Thanks everyone. I couldn't seem to find a kill switch anywhere... Not to say there isn't one.

When I picked the machine up, one of the lot guys told me they've had problems with people coming in to look at the equipment being sold and sabotaging it so they can buy it for a cheaper price. I'm hoping thats not the case here.

I'll start by trying to track down the starter and see if we are getting power there. I still feel like its something simple like a kill switch or loose wire.
 

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Thanks everyone. I couldn't seem to find a kill switch anywhere... Not to say there isn't one.

When I picked the machine up, one of the lot guys told me they've had problems with people coming in to look at the equipment being sold and sabotaging it so they can buy it for a cheaper price. I'm hoping thats not the case here.

I'll start by trying to track down the starter and see if we are getting power there. I still feel like its something simple like a kill switch or loose wire.
If that's the case it's a real pisser. Keep us updated.

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I tilted up the cab and use my test light to figure out we have power at the starter. And all the wires look good. I couldn't locate a fuse panel diagram but noticed there werent many fuses in the panel. I just started plugging in spare fuses to every blank slot and sure enough. Bam started right up. Someone stole the fuses out of the panel.

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I tilted up the cab and use my test light to figure out we have power at the starter. And all the wires look good. I couldn't locate a fuse panel diagram but noticed there werent many fuses in the panel. I just started plugging in spare fuses to every blank slot and sure enough. Bam started right up. Someone stole the fuses out of the panel.

Thank for everyone's help.
Thanks for the update- glad you got it going.

That's just plain dirty pool if someone pulled the fuse to try and buy it cheaper.

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I tilted up the cab and use my test light to figure out we have power at the starter. And all the wires look good. I couldn't locate a fuse panel diagram but noticed there werent many fuses in the panel. I just started plugging in spare fuses to every blank slot and sure enough. Bam started right up. Someone stole the fuses out of the panel.

Thank for everyone's help.
:bigthumb: well glad it was only fuses missing for sure. probably someone else needed a fuse for their machine when they was picking it up at the lot-and ur machine just so happened to be close. hope u have many yrs with it. i know after running one here -i sure would love to have one.
 

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I tilted up the cab and use my test light to figure out we have power at the starter. And all the wires look good. I couldn't locate a fuse panel diagram but noticed there werent many fuses in the panel. I just started plugging in spare fuses to every blank slot and sure enough. Bam started right up. Someone stole the fuses out of the panel.

Thank for everyone's help.
Or someone took the not so obvious key out.
 
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