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Posted May 20, 2012 - 06:29 PM

I got the mower deck done. It does not seem to be leaking oil now but I will watch it the next few days. Here are some pics of it. How hard should it be to slide the u-joint onto the horizontal shaft? Mine is too tight to push on and I needed to use my rubber mallet.

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Here is some pics of the lift linkage. Is this the way they go on?

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Also, what is the easiest way to get the mower deck under the tractor?

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 07:39 PM

Having to tap on the universal onto the gear box shaft is normal. On all the ones I have done they all required a bit of persuasion with a mallet to get them back on.

To get the deck under the tractor I usually pick up the one rear tire and slide a small block of wood under the wheel so the gearbox clears the deck lift brackets.
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Posted May 20, 2012 - 07:43 PM

.........Hope these pics Help you with the deck brackets, these are the only ones I had saved to my computer with this mounting system

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 08:01 AM

Thanks for the pics! It looks like I have them on correctly. I hope to finish up my 1050 this weekend and get some seat time. :dancingbanana: When I was moving the deck around, the wheels seemed a little wobbly. I assume this should not happen? I will take a look to see if they need to be tightened or if they are just worn. It will not stop me from using the deck though as I should be able to work on them even with the deck mounted.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 08:14 AM

Its hard to tell from the pics, but it looks like you have the older style wheels with metal rims??
The ones I have on the red deck are the "Newer" style" that were all plastic. It is very common for these wheels to have some slop in them as they are 30-40 years old.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 09:06 AM

Yes they look to be old style. Here is a pic.

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I hope to get it the mower deck mounted and use it this weekend. I have been reading a little about how to mow, so I guess the correct was is to have the throttle open all the way and go a medium to medium fast gear but not the fastest?

I don't see any oil leaking but the real test will be when I use it for an hour or so to mow the lawn.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 06:51 PM

Yes, those are the older style heavy duty wheels.
I think I'd just leave those on as there is not much to wear out compared to the plastic ones.




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