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Clay


Location: Wis
Joined: Dec 3, 2008
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John Deere 1130 SE
Original Message   Jan 7, 2009 1:07 pm
I did a search and found a few references to this machine but no answers.  Any one have one of these?  15.5 snow max engine, heated hand grips, 30" wide.  I can't find a listing for auger diameter or impeller diameter.  I called John Deere and the guy that was suppose to be the snow thrower expert didn't know either. 

What is the Easy Steer drive system?  The literature says: 

  • Easy Steer® drive system giving continuous power to both wheels and auto speed adjustment
  • Is it similar to the Ariens auto differential? 

    I've heard that the units are built by B&S which translates to Simplicity.  They do have cast iron gear cases like the Simplicity.  The chute control is different than the simplicity and so is the turning method so they are not exactly the same.  I'm trying to compare the Simplicity L1530E to the JD 1130SE.  Any help would be appreciated.

    Rick

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    Swoods


    I love all power equipment from lawn mowers to snow blowers. My favorite pieces of equipment are 2 cycle Lawn Boys.

    Location: Elburn, IL
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Points: 65

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #230   Jan 8, 2010 12:35 pm
    Catt:  I sent you a private message through here.  Not sure if it gets emailed to you or anything. 

    Sean Woods
    Catt


    Location: Minnesota
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Points: 196

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #231   Jan 8, 2010 4:09 pm
    Swoods wrote:
    Catt:  I sent you a private message through here.  Not sure if it gets emailed to you or anything. 

    Swoods,
    You've got mail.
    Swoods


    I love all power equipment from lawn mowers to snow blowers. My favorite pieces of equipment are 2 cycle Lawn Boys.

    Location: Elburn, IL
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Points: 65

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #232   Jan 8, 2010 5:09 pm
    Catt and I have been discussing adding weight to the front of our 1130's as we both added cabs.

    I thought others might be interested to hear what we came up with and would like to hear other suggestions/comments.

    SWoods

    Adding weights?
    Today 11:34 am

    Have you thought about adding some weight to the front of the 1130 to compensate for the cab?  Most of the time it digs down to pavement, but some places (car's tire tracks, etc) it will ride up unless I pull up on the handle bars.  20#s up front couldn't hurt, but I wonder what would work but still look good.  Maybe hang a 10# round weight painted green (like for a weight lifing bar) on each side of the auger housing would do the trick.  It is better balanced with the cab, but I think it loses some of it's effectiveness from the weight loss up front.

    By the way, mine is working great now too after sealing everything up.  I just haven't had deep enough snow to use the drift cutters!  You're up in MN aren't you?

    Catt


    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Points: 88

    Re: Adding weights?
    Today 12:20 pm

    I've thought about adding some weight too.  My other snowblower has a cab too and it needs a lot more weight and is significantly more of a problem than the Deere.  I've seen people add lifting weights to the front of the machine, but I think it looks terrible.  The link below is an Ariens weight for this very purpose.  I've also thought about adding weight by changing the drift cutters to much thicker steel since these are way out front.  Maybe 3/8" thick would work.  I'd paint these black just like the existing cutters.

    http://www.snowblowersdirect.com/Ariens-724065/p806.html


    I live in Minnesota around 10 miles from the Mall of America.

    Catt


    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Points: 88

    Weight
    Today 3:08 pm

    Swoods,
    I think we have a couple options for additional weight.  One is to add a weight similar to the Ariens.  The 1130 already has a bolt hole for the auger support.  We could use that same hole and add a steel weight at that location.  The other option is steel plates which replace the existing drift cutters.  The weight of the cab is 10-15 lbs. but keep in mind some of that weight is closer to the wheels than the weight we would be adding. 

    Here are some calculations for these, but dimensions can be changed if necessary.

    Ariens Steel Plate or similar mounted with auger support bolt:
    Length = 22.5"
    Width = 4"
    Thickness = 3/8"
    Weight = 9.56 Lbs.

    Drift cutter weights (This weight would be further forward):
    Length = 22"
    Width = 2.25"
    Thickness = .375"
    Weight (two total) = 10.5 Lbs.

    SWoods              

    Re: Adding weights?
    Today 3:54 pm

    I imagine I can make something just like that steel plate.  It would look better mounted to the underside of the auger housing where it can't be seen as long as it doesn't interfere with the auger and snow movement.  I would hate to spend $70 on a piece of steel :) 

    The heavier drift cutters is a good idea.  Unfortunetly, I leave mine off to make it a bit easier to move around the garage since the most I have snow blowed is 8" deep anyways.  But hey, I could just aim them down out of the way (straight down along the edge of the auger housing).  That is a dang good idea you had.  I noticed on the new 1130's they are held on with wing nuts, isn't our's with a single bolt?   I have seen one snow blower that had very large wing nuts holding them on.  The kind you can grab with your whole hand.  That would be ideal if we were going to put on heavier driftcutters on and wanted the ease of movement without needing a tool.  Just like these on Lawn-Boys http://cgi.ebay.com/LAWNBOY-New-Handle-Wing-Knob-Nut-607544-LAWN-BOY-Mower_W0QQitemZ400095363298QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5d278ac0e2

     

    Sean Woods
    Catt


    Location: Minnesota
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Points: 196

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #233   Jan 8, 2010 5:52 pm
    I think the first thing is to actually determine the exact weight you want.  Try hanging a weight from each drift cutter bolt if possible.  Drift cutter size can be calculated once the weight is determined .
    Swoods


    I love all power equipment from lawn mowers to snow blowers. My favorite pieces of equipment are 2 cycle Lawn Boys.

    Location: Elburn, IL
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Points: 65

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #234   Jan 15, 2010 9:03 pm
    Darn!  It hasn't snowed in around 2 weeks.  Maybe I should just move to Alaska during the wintertime. 

    Sean Woods
    ahhhh3


    Joined: Jan 19, 2010
    Points: 1

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #235   Jan 19, 2010 12:04 pm
    Hello, I had been following this forum with regards to buying the 1130 (of course I found the forum AFTER I bought it) :) Anyhow, this thing is amazing...got 8" of (extremely) heavy wet snow yesterday and I had no problems...save the 1 shear pin. Oh and my drive was slipping a bit...both reverse gears and the first couple of gears. I tried 6th gear and it went no problem, then back to the lower gears, and had no further problems. What I did... Wife needed to get out, so first thing in the morning I snow blew (past tense)? No problems except the one shear pin. I knew the snow was going to continue, so I had done the bare minimum, and waited until early afternoon to finish. Second attempt was when I had some drive problems. This is the 2009 model, with the heated handgrips and such...and I had read on these forums (or I thought I had), the water leakage was fixed on the new models? This is the second time I have used it, bought it a month ago new from Lowe's. Any suggestions? Mentioned it to the JD dealer where I got replacement shear pins yesterday, and he knew nothing about it, and suggested I go through Lowe's warranty. Issue is, I don't have a vehicle for carting around the blower. Thanks! Josh
    Swoods


    I love all power equipment from lawn mowers to snow blowers. My favorite pieces of equipment are 2 cycle Lawn Boys.

    Location: Elburn, IL
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Points: 65

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #236   Jan 20, 2010 8:32 pm
    The JD stores are the ones who service the units.  Lowes doesn't service them so I don't think it would do much good to bring it back there.  They would just end up sending it to the JD dealer anyways.

    Here is what you need to tell the JD dealer:

    I spoke to a John Deere dealer in Minnesota (Scharber & Sons, Inc) who I was told has corrected a lot of the machines that had slippage.  The service department told me that there are a few things that they have been doing to fix the problem.
     
    First off, they clean the friction disc with brake cleaner to get any oil/grease off.  Next they add the updated clutch lever parts (clutch update) and readjust the cable.  Finally, they have been putting the water seal parts on.  He said the Briggs and Stratton has been covering all of this under warranty.  He said he was a bit hesitant that it would all be covered, but every warranty claim has gone through just fine for all of the updates to be done. 
     
    He told me there are 2 service bulletins on Briggs and Stratton's website on the problem.  I tried looking, but it must be on a dealer-access website.

    ahhhh3, send me your email and I will send you a big document that I compiled of all of the people on this forum's comments that are related to slippage and how it was corrected.
    This message was modified Jan 20, 2010 by Swoods


    Sean Woods
    Catt


    Location: Minnesota
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Points: 196

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #237   Jan 22, 2010 1:56 pm
    I finally installed my hour meter.  I mounted it under the control panel out of sight and where it's a little more protected from the elements.

    I made a steel bracket with opening for the meter and two mounting holes. The steel is .055" thick.



    Painted with meter mounted. This meter has a compression fitting on the back to hold it in place.



    Mounted under the control panel with two existing holes that were already on the 1130.



    Another view.  It looks a little tilted in the picture, but it's just an optical illusion.
    This message was modified Jan 22, 2010 by Catt
    Swoods


    I love all power equipment from lawn mowers to snow blowers. My favorite pieces of equipment are 2 cycle Lawn Boys.

    Location: Elburn, IL
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Points: 65

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #238   Jan 22, 2010 10:09 pm
    Another great modification, Catt.  By the way, I got another Lawn-Boy last weekend.  It is a 1989 model with the F engine.  Started up on the first pull after a shot of starting fluid even though it hadn't ran in around 12 years.  I keep a wanted ad on Craigslist looking for free Lawn-boys. 

    Sean Woods
    Catt


    Location: Minnesota
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Points: 196

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #239   Jan 22, 2010 10:15 pm
    Wow another Lawn Boy!  I might try that too. 
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