Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Alpharetta, GA
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Bobcat Procat hydrogear pump replacement
I was gifted a used 2009 Bobcat zero turn mower. Did not run, needed some work. Complaint from PO was hard to steer, hard to crank, his local repair guy did not want to work on it so he bought one from TSC and called me and said come get it if I wanted it. So, I ended up fixing the carb, slightly filthy and choke did not work, replaced PTO switch, new battery, new fuel pump, old one leaked fuel into crankcase, so oil change and filter. Still very hard to crank, check out ignition coils and they were marginal, replaced them. Cranks in 4 seconds and runs great. I mowed a little bit with it and decided I would do hydraulic oil and filter change. I cranked it up and started to drive it to garage to work on it and right pump started making a horrible noise and machine would only move in response to left steering lever. Now, here is the question. I can buy a new pump for $550 or so. I have gotten different advice, one, go ahead and just replace the one that died, two, replace both of them. Unit has 1019 hours on it. Never used commercially. Looks to be a straight forward repair, just time consuming. Don't really have the $550 to spend on it much less double that to replace two of them. Any thoughts on which way to go? It would sure be a step up from my old Cub Cadet and Snapper riding mowers.