condition: fair make / manufacturer: Deines "Marty-J" model name / number: 1800 KT
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Deines "Marty-J" 1800 KT zero turn mower equipped with a 20 HP V-twin OHV engine, an electric clutch, and a front-mounted, 60" mower deck. The front-mounted deck makes this mower great for mowing under and around obstacles such as pine trees, fruit trees, shrubs, and bushes. The ability to flip the deck up ninety degrees makes deck cleaning and blade changes super easy and convenient as well. Check out the below YouTube video from Deines to see the mower in action and get an overview of available features:
Unit Model / Serial # information as follows:
Tractor Model — 1800 KT (Serial # J1663)
Mower Deck Model — 60 SLI (Serial # J2131)
Engine Model — 2V77 (Serial # F show contact info
; manufactured May of 2016)
The machine frame / chassis currently has 1,281.8 hours, engine has approximately 30 hours. The original 18 HP Kohler engine was replaced in 2017 with a 20 HP V-twin OHV model from the Carroll Stream Motor Company, based out of Grand Rapids:
I purchased this mower from the original owner, and performed a major tune-up immediately after purchase. However, in my ensuing use of the mower I found that the 60" deck is too wide for navigating between some select landscaping features in my approximately one-acre yard, and have since purchased a different machine possessing a 52" deck.
The mower currently starts, runs, drives, and mows. The drive tires are in great shape with plenty of tread remaining, the deck and chassis are both extremely solid, and new drive and transmission belts should provide many hours of service. New spark plugs, oil, oil filter, and additional fuel line are included along with other assorted spare parts.
I've included a list below of components replaced and service performed within the last 10 hours of operation as part of the aforementioned tuneup immediately after purchase:
– Air Filter Replaced
– Carburetor Cleaned
– Cooling Fins Cleaned
– Cylinder Heads Decarbonized
– Cylinder Head Gaskets Replaced
– Exhaust Manifold Gaskets Replaced
– Fuel Filter Replaced
– Fuel Line Replaced
– Valve Clearances Adjusted
– Belt Replaced
– Belt Idler Spring Replaced
– Belt Idler Spring Tension Adjusted
– Blades Balanced & Sharpened
– Clutch-to-Backing Plate Clearance Adjusted
– Deck Underside Cleaned
– Gearbox Fluid Flushed
– Spindles Greased
– Cooling Fins Cleaned
– Drive Belt Replaced
– Drive Belt Idler Pulley Lubricated
– Drive Lever Travel / Tracking Adjusted
– Primary & Secondary Drive Chains Lubricated
– Primary & Secondary Drive Chain Tension Adjusted
In the interest of full disclosure, I have listed any and all remaining issues below which I have not yet addressed as part of my initial tune-up:
1) The throttle actuator cable "z-bend" connection to the throttle actuator lever is broken. While this should be a simple repair, I've been using a temporary work-around of adjusting the throttle by pulling / pushing the throttle actuator cable with a pair of pliers.
2) Several governor return springs are missing from the throttle control linkage. This requires a throttle adjustment to be made after first placing the engine under load, such as when engaging the mower blades.
3) The Crankcase Cover Gasket leaks a moderate amount of oil.
4) Both mower deck caster tires contain leaks.
I can provide additional photos, video of the mower running, owner's manuals, and maintenance records upon request. I have included a link to the manufacturer's website below for sake of reference. Thanks for looking!
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