Why The local dealer won’t help you…

We have seen a major shift in tractor and equipment dealers’ service policies and attitudes. I often receive phone calls for help from those who purchased a Lawn mower on-line or drove several hours away to purchase a tractor a little cheaper. NOW….they need warranty repair service and the local dealer in their town tells…

COMPACT TRACTOR SHOPPING. PART #1

Buying a compact tractor is a big deal. Especially if it’s your first tractor. This is a serious investment of Your time and money. I am going to dedicate my next few posts to helping you research and find your perfect tractor. We’ll talk about what to look for and what really matters. When it…

When your zero turn won’t move.

We occasionally have Z-turns brought in to our service department at MT&T for “no movement” Lets take a few minutes and discuss the system and the probable issues. The drive system of any basic residential or commercial zero turn lawn mower consists of 2 separate transmission systems and a single belt system that drives both of…

My dealer never said that!

The picture on the left is of a piston from a zero turn lawn mower engine that was brought into our shop for repair. The picture above shows us what it should look like. All too often, we see this type of problem with first time customers at our dealership Midstate Turf & Tractor in Springfield,…

Periodic Tractor Maintenance

  Before I ever write an article, I consider the relevancy. I ask if it can it help make your outdoor life easier,safer & as a result, more fun? I start by looking around the web to see if there are already good articles on the subject. Concerning Tractor Maintenance, the articles I found looked like they were…

Diesel Starting Issues Part 3

midstatemower.com In the previous articles we determined that we are getting fuel to & thru, the mechanical fuel pump. Here is a simple test to see if we have fuel getting into the cylinders. I contacted Branson Tractors in Rome, GA. for this test. According to Branson Service Manager, Scott Baughtman, There is a small pipe plug…

Diesel Starting Issues Part #2

midstateturfandtractor In part 1 of this lesson, we started covering some simple steps you can do to help diagnose no-start tractor problems at home. Remember, even these basic tests that you can do with hand tools can be dangerous. You’re working with fuel and moving parts, wear eye and skin protection and catch all fuel in an approved container. Now…

Diesel Starting issues..Simplified.

midstateturfandtractor I created this brief 3 part overview to help take a little of the mystery out of diesel engines. A little understanding goes a long way. A basic diesel engines runs by squeezing the fuel/air mixture so tightly that it explodes. (like a balloon, the higher the pressure the more powerful the pop will be). Heat…

How to Save $200 with 1 phone call!

  Please don’t got stuck like the poor guy below! Every year we get phone calls like this at least a dozen times. Caller_ ” I hate to bother you guys but I need some advice. My Mower won’t start. It won’t even crank over! I’ve replaced the starter & battery. Still nothing!” He said he was…