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SteveInMD
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2003-08-18          62127


The controls on my TC33D seem very stiff to me. It's difficult to lower implements smoothly with the 3PH control. The range selector, PTOs, and 4WD levers seem difficult to operate. You have to work the clutch in and out to find a spot where the gears will engage. Do other people have the same trouble? Is there anything I can do to minimize these problems?

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harvey
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2003-08-19          62144


Need just a little more info. Is it brand new? If so all the seals and new parts may be just a little snugg yet. Try a litte shot of lubricate on each.

If used? we'll go there if you tell us. ....

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daustin
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2003-08-19          62150


My TC33d has 80 hours on it now, and I have the same problems, and they seem to be getting worse. At my next service, I am going to report this to the dealer. ....

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SteveInMD
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2003-08-19          62152


I bought mine used with 120 hours on it. I still have 1 year of warrantee left.

I forgot to mention that the throttle control has the same problem. It's very stiff and very hard to make a small rpm change.

I now have have 135 hours on it. I really like the tractor - it's a great machine. However, I'd much prefer controls that operate smoothly and easily. ....

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TomG
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2003-08-19          62161


The engagement problems likely are normal for geared TX's. Most are just sliding gears and they have to be positioned or they grind a bit. A clutch that isn't fully disengaging will add to the problem though. If it's a gear tractor, I'd check that the clutch pedal free travel is properly adjusted. Some throttle and 3ph levers have adjustable friction pads on them and adjusting them might reduce stiffness. ....

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daustin
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2003-08-19          62167


My throttle had the opposite problem. After only 4-5 hrs on the machine, the throttle would "walk back" lowering the rpm. I removed the access covers and adjusted the friction so it holds. No problem with it again. The proplem with my 3pt hitch is only on lowering. A little handle movement results in fast return to earth of the implement. Without any implements, it is very smooth. I suspect its just gravity forces, combined with heavy implements, at work. ....

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SteveInMD
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2003-08-19          62182


Re: "The proplem with my 3pt hitch is only on lowering. A little handle movement results in fast return to earth of the implement. Without any implements, it is very smooth."

While browsing my manual I was reminded that the 3 pt hitch as a valve that adjusts the drop rate. It's located just above the hump between your feet. It has an icon of a rabbit and a turtle. I adjusted it almost all the way towards "turtle". It does a very nice job of slowing the drop rate, which make the stiff control handle much easier to use.

I was also happy to find in the manual that the steering wheel telescopes up and down. I raised it a bit and now it's much easier to get my knee across while boarding the tractor. ....

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2003-08-19          62198


all the controls on the left are clustered on one shaft.remove the nut,pull all off and coat shaft with heavy grease.i even used a small reamer and worked a small amount of the plastic bushing on the linkages out.works great now.good luck. ....

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TomG
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2003-08-20          62227


Just a note on adjusting the flow control valve. Adjustment of the valve is a little more critical for work like mowing with a 3ph cutter. The valve doesn't affect the lift speed or how fast a 3ph will float up over bumps etc. However, if the valve is adjusted too slow the hitch will lower slowly after it floats over bumps or after cresting a hill. It will leave a strip of barely cut grass until it lowers back to its position. ....

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daustin
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2003-08-20          62228


Thanks for the reminder about the flow control knob. Now I do remember reading about it in my manual also. I did encounter my problem with a 3pt cutter on the back. It would drop and bang to the ground when I lowered it. Thanks for all the advice on adjusting the controls and notes of caution when adjusting the rate of lowering when mowing. ....

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