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Solving Starter Problems On Deere 2-Cyl. Diesels
"Starting these tractors has always been a nightmare. Once you install my system, you're problems will be solved," says Clyde Wilson, Wakeman, Ohio, about his add-on starter for Deere 70, 720 and 730 diesel 2-cyl. tractors. He also plans to offer his starter kit for Deere 820 and 830 tractors.
  When the tractors were built originally, they were factory equipped with either a 24-volt electric starter or a V-4 pony motor. Deere no longer makes the bracket for the 24-volt starter and the pony motor is expensive to repair at about $120 per coil.
  Wilson makes a 1/2-in. steel starter motor bracket that he says is twice as strong as Deere's original cast iron bracket. It comes complete with a heavy-duty 12-volt truck starter and a 12-volt alternator.
  "Once you install the kit, your starting problems are over," says Wilson, noting that the gas models of the same tractors did not have a problem. They had a small starter motor that is still readily available. The diesels require a lot more cranking power.
  The kit sells for $835 if you pick it up from Wilson. It's $875 if he has to crate it up for shipping.
  Wilson notes that some farmers with pony motor starters do not need to get rid of their starters. Instead of buying Deere's replacement coils, he suggests they just use coils off twin cylinder Onan or Kohler engines. "They don't need to buy my kit if their pony motor still runs well. Just go out and get a couple replacement coils and it'll still work fine," says Wilson, noting that he'd be happy to talk to anyone who wants to know how to do it. He notes that he's retired and is not looking to get a big business going. He just wants to solve the starting problem for people who don't have any other options.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clyde Wilson, 4023 Crandall Rd., Wakeman, Ohio 44889 (ph 419 668-4595).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4