@subdood_ky_z6b , @jem, and especially @Steve333 and others who may come along- THank you so much for responding to my question. I desperately need help figuring this out. I don’t think you will be able to actually teach me how to fix whatever is wrong, but if I had some idea how serious it is it would really help me form a game plan for how to move forward. There are no tractor repair businesses ANYWHERE around here, so I’m not sure what to do.
Let me also go ahead and tell you that I’m about as ignorant about the mechanical operation of a tractor as a person can be. It is downright embarassing, to be honest. Even some of the questions steve asked had me lost. So keep that in mind as I try to address the questions or you give any guesses you may have.
My tractor is a Ford New Holland Compact 1530. It is probably about 10 years old and hasn’t seen a lot of use. I bought it with my little minifarm all together. The mower is a woods mower and is PTO driven. But I’m pretty sure it is the PTO on the tractor that has stopped working. After Steve asked, I unhooked the mower and the PTO on the tractor still did not turn at all.
I didn’t try disengaging the PTO back when I heard the whining noise before it stopped working. The noise sounded a lot like a slipping belt but was comming from what seemed to be under the front of the tractor- where there is no belt. It wasn’t comming from the mower or its belt for sure. I didn’t notice that it changed with the “time” of the PTO drive but then again the PTO was engaged at pretty high speed and a constant speed so I probably wouldn’t have noticed.
I think my PTO only has one speed- either it is engaged or it isn’t. I have checked the transmission oil level in the body of the tractor and also at the very back above the PTO shaft there is a place to add oil and a way to check it (dip stick). All have good levels of oil.
Since I know so little that I can’t even answer all your questions, I’ve taken some photos that might help you see what I have. Here they are:
If there is anything else you can think of, let me know. Thank you very much for taking the time to try to help.