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If you've been following my 1256 thread I need a good working ignition switch. These switches are unique to 1254/1256 and they are just to expensive for what they are to buy brand new, Ive been quoted $50-60+ I was hoping to find something used to keep the cost low. If anybody is willing to part with one cheap please let me know. Thanks, Adam
 

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Sorry, I don't have any or know of a cheap source.

What are the terminal markings on the switch?

Do you know for certain that your switch is bad? .........Have you checked for proper continuity in all key positions?
 

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The switch that came with the tractor I beleive dosnt work. I also believe it was the incorrect switch for the tractor. The back of the switch dosnt have any markings as to whats what.
 

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I found the replacement switch at O'Rielly auto parts. It is a "PRIME LINE" #7-01854 ignition switch. Whatever switch you end up with just make sure the rivets and tabs match up with the original. Here is a pic of the original. I believe the new one was under 20.00.
 

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Another thing you may want to take into consideration is just using a toggle switch as your kill switch and use the key switch just to turn the engine over.
I heard of the switches being faulty at times and frying the ignition unit. I had that happen on my 1256. I added a toggle switch soon after.

I do have a diagram of the toggle switch configuration.
Just a suggestion from my own experience I had.

"Originally the ignition system turned the engine on and off
using the same key switch used to start the tractor. As the
key switch aged, it often became faulty in that it would send
a 12V pulse to the module, which would ultimately destroy it.

To avoid buying another replacement module, it is highly
recommended that a separate switch be employed.
Reference the wiring diagram below, and you will notice
that the new switch should be connected between the
white lead of the stator or yellow lead of the module and
any convenient ground.

If the white/yellow lead is brought to ground, the engine will
die. If the white/yellow connection is open, the engine will
be allowed to run. Installing a separate switch in this
fashion will ensure that the module will not be subjected to
stray voltage from the battery"
. Quoted from SamsBolens
 

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Because Im cheap, and also to protect the ignition system (if its not toast already) I'll go with the toggle switch and deal with it. Thank you for your help guys. I'll keep you all posted on this tractor.
 
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