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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-30-2014, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Brutus, Bobcat 3650 slow on hills fix.

After reading about how slow the Brutus/Bobcat goes up hills I almost didnt buy one. Then I started reading about the fixes that made it work right.
Being no Polaris dealers sold the Brutus in my area, I bought the Bobcat 3650, it was horrible trying to mow on any upgrade and worse on the steeper sections. To even make it up the hills while mowing I had to turn off the A/C and just creep up the hill (my GPS said I was doing zero MPH). So I approached the dealer about it, they said that mine wasn't in the vin # range of the ones that had that problem.
After more reading on this forum I ran across a Bobcat person (sorry can't remember your name), that took his Bobcat into the dealer and told them what it was doing. The dealer said theirs a field repair fix for that, and when he got it back he said it was like a whole different machine. (It doesn't bog or slow down on the hills).
I printed out his thread and took it to the dealer and they did some checking and said their is a fix, and they ordered the part and tool to fix and adjust it.
I picked it up last night and drove it about 30 miles home and it works great. I haven't mowed with it yet, and probably won't as it's supposed to snow this weekend, but I did have a very steep hill on my way home that it would hardly creep up before, now even with the A/C on it did 10 MPH up the hill.
I think it's fixed. It also will Cruise effortlessly at 25Mph and it picks up speed much quicker and if I floor it, it will maintain 30-32 MPH on the railroad trail. It doesn't feel like it's abused when going those speeds now, and 25 MPH feels like it's loafing instead of almost everything it has.
I love it, can't wait to mow.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-30-2014, 12:06 PM
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Great to hear!
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-30-2014, 02:28 PM
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Excellent. Did your top speed in reverse also increase after the adjustment? My brutus seems to labor in reverse.
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Not sure, haven't backed-up much yet.
I did pull the pontoon boat out of the water, and that went well.
It sure goes forward real good now.
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awesome, keep us posted on how it treats you as time goes on!
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What is the part #'s of the items? My '13 Brutus is gutless up any type of incline.
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It's called the Command Lever. It's part of the hydrostatic drive and both Polaris and Bobcat have a field fix for it.
Have your dealer check on it. After they replace it they have to realign all the cables and adjustments in the hydrostatic system.
It's free.
Sure made mine go better.
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If you have the service manual, the command lever is documented in Chapter 10, not sure what the field fix is, but definitely want to look into it for my 2014 Bobcat.
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Excellent. Did your top speed in reverse also increase after the adjustment? My brutus seems to labor in reverse.
More forward speed will lessen max reverse speed.
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A couple of days ago I put it in high and floored it in reverse, got up to about 10mph on my bumpy lawn. That was faster than I wanted to go. Also about a week ago was using the snow blower in low, I didn't look at the speed backing up, but I didn't have to floor it in reverse to back out of the driveway for the next pass.
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