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Started on the 125

Postby RanchsA » Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:41 pm

Been working on the 125. Carb had a bunch of rigging on it and the air cleaner holes had sheet metal screws in them. Grabbed a used carb and rebuilt. Replaced leaking bowl and put new rubber in the leaky fuel line at the joints. Throttle cable was sticking so I cleaned that up and adjusted and the governor arm was way out of adjustment. It is purring now. changed rear end fluid and new filter. Break pedal is sticking pretty bad. I hit the joints with pb blaster. Are there any other tricks to loosening this up? Plan on getting the tiller on it after putting new pto clutch, bearing and changing the oil in the right angle gear box. Also got a pair of 4x8's to replaced the trashed 6x16's in the front. Hopefully put tri ribs and ags on it in the future. Also picked up a mowing deck for $30 today. Bearings and spindles all felt tight and rotated freely. Came with the hanging gear as well. Was going to just use for tilling but now maybe I can talk a couple helpers into mowing. It'll look like a herd of cadets out grazing with the 108 and 2042 both running around.

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Re: Started on the 125

Postby Zorro » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:30 pm

It always feels good to make those first repairs and clean up other peoples transgressions. The 125 is a great machine, rock solid all the way. It sounds like you got a good deal on the mower deck too!
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Re: Started on the 125

Postby RanchsA » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:04 pm

Yeah I have convinced myself this was a free tractor since I paid what I planned on paying for a tiller and got both. I was surprised to find the little bugs on this one because when I bought it, it seemed to run better than the 108 did even. I've already started trying to find something out of the '82 series. I've found its easier to talk the Mrs. into these guys than their bigger brothers. he he he

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Re: Started on the 125

Postby BigBill » Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:43 pm

Check the headgasket. Every used cc I picked up had a blown headgasket. It's a common thing. I had a dozen of these. These are heavy duty garden tractors. Good mowers. For tilling new ground start shallow and go slow. It lays a nice seed bed.
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Re: Started on the 125

Postby RanchsA » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:48 am

Funny you mention that Bill I did the head gasket on my 108 when I went through that one it was blown. Checked this one and I see it is done too. Getting some bubbles around the head. Ordered myself a gasket. Had the tiller spinning for about 30 seconds and the wear button on the clutch lever disintegrated. Guessing I had it set to tight. Fella on Ebay has bronze ones so I ordered a few of those. Manual says a matchbook gap on it. Is there anything else I could be missing on this?

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Re: Started on the 125

Postby Eugene » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:49 pm

The PTO buttons don't last forever. Replaced several over the years.

A lot of CC parts can be obtained from your local auto parts store(s), including Kohler engine parts.

Had Kohler engines with aluminum head blow the head gasket. Combustion gases passing through the blown portion of the gasket ruined the aluminum head.
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Re: Started on the 125

Postby RanchsA » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:03 am

Thanks for warning on the head. Didn't think about it causing damage to the head itself. I'll move that up on my to do list!
Yeah this was a brand new button, I replaced the clutch too. So I think I had the arm that presses in on the clutch set a little bit tight this time around and it was contacting constantly so just burnt it right up.
Yep I have gotten a few things for the machines from my local carquest. They can usually get the stuff in next day they don't have on hand. Hopefully get this guy buttoned up this weekend so he is ready to go to work this spring. Heard killdeer up here last night already.

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Re: Started on the 125

Postby dgrapes59 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:53 am

The 125, being a hydro, should make a good tilling tractor (snow blower as well).

Be sure to get a head gasket with the “fire ring” and check the head to assure it is true (not warped). If the head is not true there are several easy “How To’s” using a pane of glass and some 220 grit wet/dry paper.

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Re: Started on the 125

Postby RanchsA » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:02 pm

Fire ring? That is the little metal rim around the cylinder/valve portion of the gasket right?
Cool I'll check it to make sure it is true. I did that with the oil pump surfaces when I rebuilt the A's motor too.


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