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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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    55utilitysedan


    Location: Litchfield County, CT.
    Joined: Dec 19, 2011
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    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #314   Sep 16, 2012 10:19 am
    Thank you aa335 it drives me crazy also..........
    aa335


    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Points: 2434

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #315   Sep 17, 2012 6:02 pm
    55utilitysedan wrote:
    Thank you aa335 it drives me crazy also..........
    Not that I want to keep this thread alive, but I'm slightly annoyed that I can't remember what this thread was all about.    Vaguely remember something about water and friction (maybe ice and friction), WD-40 / Superglue, then Honda timing belt, Obama is in office, outboard motor on a lawnmower, and now I think it's something about the ignition coil.   I'm starting to think that John Deere doesn't actually make any snowblowers or lawn mowers, but invented the internet and the iPhone.  Green paint and some stickers for $300 more than a red machine.  I do like green and yellow though.  Everybody has red or orange snowblowers, green is different.

    Help me out here guys!  RickyCebu, FrankCA, Borax, DavidNY, MNSprinter, 55pickuptruck, Gangster, Air-Wolf???  There's got to be more since there's 300+ replies on this.
    This message was modified Sep 17, 2012 by aa335
    FrankMA


    Location: Merrimack Valley/Northeastern Mass
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Points: 587

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #316   Sep 17, 2012 8:22 pm
    I think a full review of the Ariens Sno-Tek machine should be completed (in NJ of course) and then cross referenced with a Simplicity, Toro and Honda (throw in Yamaha - what the hell) and then we should be able to get at the root of the problem... Maybe we should include borat's old but very reliable and capable Craftsman single stage to be sure we cover all our bases?

    Toro Wheel Horse 522xi GT, Honda HS928TA, Honda HS621AS, Honda HS520A, Toro CCR3000 (work in progress), Honda HS624WA (sold 08/23/2010), Stihl BR550 Backpack Blower, Stihl MS250, McCulloch MS1635, Honda EM6500SX Generator
    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 #317   Dec 20, 2012 1:29 pm
    I finally have my 1130 fueled back up and ready to go. Now I just need some snow.

    Sean Woods
    Tate


    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Points: 6

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #318   Feb 13, 2013 11:49 am
    Three years ago when I bought my 1130 I thought I was buying what was a well built reliable machine and would be the last snowblower I would purchase for along time.  I was so wrong ..... for 3 years this machine has been nothing but trouble.  Neither the dealer nor I could stop the friction disk drive slipping issue.  First Lowes came out when the machine was new and readjusted and cleaned the disk .... still slipped.  The off to the JD dealer multiple times, they installed the seal kit and varies adjustments and still would eventually slip.  I tried sealing with silicone sealant still slipped.  The other problem with the machine is the auger belt broke with frequency.  The shears pins (JD orig part) sheared once and I bet the belt broke 4 times.  Dealer tried to adjust and fix but continued to happened. 

    Mass just had the blizzard of 2013 ..... JD 1130 ready to go ..... after the typical 30-40 minutes of use the drive started to slip in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, r1 and r2.   In most cases putting it into 5th or 6th would dry the friction disk enough for reverse to work and the lower ratio but not all and found myself dragging the machine backwards many time over the 5 hours that it took to clear my driveway.  In addition I could only cut 5 or 6'' of 30'' high snow each pass and the auger couldn't even throw it across my driveway with only a little wet and heavy at the bottom.  This meant that after working my way across the driveway I had to double back and clear the 3 or 4 inches that couldn't get thrown out of my driveway which is not a  full double width. 

    My son plows snow but my driveway can not be plowed due to pitch and no where to push the snow.  With the machine being so fragile I can't let either of my sons use due to concerns it will break AGAIN and then I am in trouble if my truck is snowed in and snowblower is broken. 

    So long story short ..... I have had with this JD product once and for all.  Yesterday I went out and bought a Honda HS1332TAS. Like I use to tell my customers when buying expensive Ski's or Bike .... once the ouch of the cost if forgotten I will be happy with the purchase for long time.

    Good-bye JD..... very disappointed with the design and performance.
    runkster


    Joined: Jan 5, 2014
    Points: 2

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #319   Jan 5, 2014 3:19 am
    I found the gas cap mentioned earlier in this post for $23 here: http://www.powerequipmentmart.com/briggs-stratton-part-698109-cap-fuel-tank $10 S&H
    This message was modified Jan 5, 2014 by runkster
    aa335


    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Points: 2434

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #320   Jan 6, 2014 3:12 pm
    Once again, the legendary thread continues.....
    Santaclause


    Location: northern NY
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Points: 48

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #321   Jan 6, 2014 8:01 pm
    I had purchased one of thse blowers from lowes in jan 09 was in a pinch old blower giving me troubles and we were getting pounded day after day with snow so needed to do something so found this machine great deal opened a lowes credit card and got over 130 bucks off machine and so on so took it home and the problems started from the start the light wouldnt work found the wires got pulled apart when the guys loaded it on my truck and then the drive slipping started so I returned it before the 30 days was up and bought a cub cadet 930 and so far it works pretty well..it was a shame as I thought boy a john deere and I will be done monkeying around now how fooled I was!!!!!!!!!!!
    borat


    Joined: Nov 10, 2007
    Points: 2692

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #322   Jan 7, 2014 10:44 am
    I don't understand why people these days still equate once proud brand names to quality?   With most, if not all domestic snow blowers (and many other domestic OPE), the "name" is all but a ruse.  Even Toro and Ariens are watering down their equipment.  It's folly to assume that the once proud brands of old still produce the grade of equipment that made the name famous in the first place.  Sadly, it's come to the point where the only OPE manufacturers that can be trusted these days for consistent quality comes from Japan.    
    Santaclause


    Location: northern NY
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Points: 48

    Re: John Deere 1130 SE
    Reply #323   Jan 13, 2014 4:20 pm
    Your correct borat you really have to take a look at what you are purchasing and know what you are looking at and make your decision from there, john deere quit marketing snow blowers for a rrason!!!
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