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 06-01-2003, 17:52 Post: 56169
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Hi Gang,
I have been wrestling with trading in my B7100 on either a BX2200 or JD 2210. At the end of the day, I am challenged with two things; 1) my B7100 is 10 yr old (550 hrs) and in fantastic shape (according to the dealers) since it has been garaged, washed, waxed and maintained well. 2) I "need" a new tractor for power steering (FEL) and more power. It is not worth another $9k just for those two things.
So where can I get an aftermarket Power Steering kit for the B7100 and does anyone have any experience with boosting the power with the B7100?
All this has GOTTA be cheaper than the $9k outlay for a new "baby."
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What particular model B7100 is it?






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Sorry - I suspect that you mean HST - correct? I finish mow around 4 acres weekly.






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earlmoyer -

The B7100 had NO optional PS kits available for its production run. In the mid eighties, as the B4200 -B9200 series evolved, orange had an optional PS kit available, however it was not as we know PS to be today. It basically consisted of an add-on cylinder to the tie-rod for steering assist. Most found that it was an expensive waste of money that offered little to no improvement to the steering function, and ultimately stayed with "SAS", or strong arm steering.

Later years presented a rebirth of sorts, as the B7300 came out. This unit offered PS, I believe, and, was virtually the same tractor as once was the B7100HST. What you may try, is to locate a PS unit for the B7300HST, and incorporate it onto your B7100.

With these compacts, I have had both...with and without the PS option. My B7100 with FEL, my B5200's with FEL, all had no PS. My B1750 has PS and FEL. Truthfully, carrying a heavy load of wet gravel in the FEL, is virtually the same w/or w/out PS. Bear in mind that you are rolling most of the time anyway...in tight working areas, PS is warranted and desirable, however for the most part, all I see that it does is allows me to tear up the lawn easier - with turfs.
( I know that there are the critics against what I stated, there always will be, but that is my experience )

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