As your engine turns, the camshaft pushes your breaker points open, which creates a high voltage induction in your ignition coil. This high voltage power runs through your spark plug igniting your engine. Residual electricity in your ignition coil’s primary circuit is absorbed by the
The engines in our beloved garden tractors have enough power to push hydraulic oil to 2,000 psi or more. By pushing this oil into different sized hydraulic cylinders we can build almost any tool imaginable.
Most of the circuits in lawn and garden tractors use low amperage with the exception of the starting circuit. The wiring also only runs a short distance. I recommend using 6 AWG wire for the high amp starting circuit, and the negative side of the
The ability to detect, observe, and measure electricity is crucial when trying to understand how a tractor works and learning what you can do to fix it. The digital multi-meter is like a doctor’s stethoscope. It allows us to see the invisible force of electricity
Measuring resistance can indicate the health of a component. For example we can determine if an ignition coil is healthy or not by measuring the resistance of its windings. To measure resistance, set your meter to Ω ohms resistance. If you need to select a
Digital Multi-Meters come in two common varieties: Auto- Ranging, and Non Auto-Ranging. A non auto-ranging meter requires you to select a range of “sensitivity” for the given function you are using. For example if you want to measure resistance, you would need to select a
A hydraulic system is a simple, space efficient way of multiplying and transferring your engine’s power to multiple applications for your tractor. By utilizing hydraulics you can build a front end loader, backhoe, 3 point hitch, 3 way plow, a dump trailer and much more.
Think of voltage as electrical pressure; amperage as the volume of electricity flowing; and resistance as electrical friction that resists current. Direct Current or DC is electricity flowing from a battery. Alternating Current is electricity flowing from an alternating power source such as a stator.
A circuit is a closed loop of wiring and components beginning at the positive side of the battery and ending back at the negative side of the battery. This loop is often closed using a common ground. Electricity only flows when a circuit is a
We receive a lot of phone calls and emails from customers seeking help with their tractor issues. Some of the most common issues are related to the tractor’s wiring. It can be intimidating to look at a mess of different colored wires going in every