The 3 Most basic principles behind hydraulics are:1.) Liquids are incompressible2.) Liquids transmit pressure in all directions and with equal force at right angles to all surfaces3.) Liquids under pressure follow the path of least resistance
This article serves as a basic introduction to what is possible with hydraulics for your garden tractor. There are a wide variety of pumps, valves, motors, hoses, etc. I hope this article inspires you to research more of what you can do with the physics of fluid.
You may have heard of the term “grenade gears” when researching the Kohler K series engines. Even I have heard many people proclaim they throw the balance gears out when rebuilding their engine, and that they don’t do anything anyways. When asked why, people often site some anecdotal evidence of gear failure they heard through an internet forum. It seems to me that few small engine enthusiasts understand why balance gears exist, why they are important, and what causes premature failure. I hope this article can help you make an informed choice when rebuilding your engine.
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 range of up to 200 ohms, up to 20Kohms (20,000 ohms), 200Kohms, etc. An auto-ranging meter will automatically figure out the range and give you a measurement.