Mahto L1300

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May 18, 2011
Hey Guys
I am new to this forum, and I want to see if anyone can point me in the right direction. My buddy has a Mahto L-1300 skidsteer and it has had its problems but has always been strong. I am not a skidsteer mechanic, but I have been an auto heavy truck mechanic in the past. But I have never really worked on a skidsteer. That being said he need this thing to feed his cows (more in the fall and winter) and I would like to help him if I can.
The life loader and right-side controls work normally. But the left-side barely moves the machine forward or backward and bogs down the engine badly. Also, the fluid level rises a lot in the fill tank to the point it will come out the fill hole. I believe that the drive motor may be locking up and causing the problem.
I cannot find a manual for this thing so if anyone know where I can get a manual or what skidsteer machine might be the same that would be a great help.
I'm not going to get back to his farm until late next week to take it apart, but I'd like to have some ideal about what I'm getting into.

Thank you in advance for your help.