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#1 backwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 11:18 AM

how do i level out the deck on the yard machine its a 1998 witha 14.5hp and a 42" deck the side the discharge is on cuts lower then the other side. how do i adjust this to cut level?

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 11:36 AM

Try entering your model # here:
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 11:41 AM

thanks kenny have you had this problem on your at all?

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:25 PM

No, of course the yard is not that level. But I haven't noticed one side cutting deeper than the other. Seems to do a decent job.
Just for the heck of it, I checked my parts list. Didn't see anywhere to adjust the deck.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:31 PM

Found something in my owners manual:
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Maybe this will give you something to look for.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:40 PM

i looked it over the manual it looks easy enough to adjust

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:54 PM

Glad to hear that. Happy adjusting!

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 05:21 PM

I've had 3 decks this year that have done the same thing. First off you need the tractor on a level surface. Then if you can get a manual for your tractor it will give you, your +/- values. But us start by taking a measurement of the front and rear of the deck at it's lowest setting (make sure the deck wheels are not touching.) There should be a turnbuckle, a threaded mounting bolt or some type of adjustment on the front of the deck. Get both front and rear measurements within tolerances usually around 1/4" to a 1/2". Next you take a measurement on the right and left side on a JD you measure the from the floor to the blade on a Cub and a Murray it is from the floor to the bottom of the front part of the deck. If it is out of tolerance then you have some type of adjustment on the right side usually a mounting bolt. Make your adjustment's, double check all your measurements and make sure all locking nut's are tight and that should do it. They make a measuring tool for doing this and I would not be without mine it makes it a lot easier. Hope this help's

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 05:26 PM

I've got a series of deep well sockets that vary in height from about 2.5 to 3.5 inches in height. I chose one that is close to what I want, then use it to check the blade height around the deck.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 07:53 PM

so i looked at the adjusting instructions for my deck. that must be for tractors stored inside and always washed and not rusty.The adjuster bolt thing wont budge so i gave up for the night ill look it over sometime tomorrow after college( first day) since 2006

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 08:10 PM

Best of luck going back to school. What are you studying?

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 11:15 AM

im studying autobody first semester is auto tech stuff then i get into body classes and welding classes

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 11:18 AM

im studying autobody first semester is auto tech stuff then i get into body classes and welding classes


Good luck with that. :thumbs:
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Posted August 27, 2012 - 08:41 PM

i cant wait to get outa the class room and into the labs for some hands on learning. so i found a way to level my deck just put my foot onthe high side and it levels out. so im going to put som sort of weight on that side

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 03:56 AM

so i looked at the adjusting instructions for my deck. that must be for tractors stored inside and always washed and not rusty.The adjuster bolt thing wont budge so i gave up for the night ill look it over sometime tomorrow after college( first day) since 2006

Get some acetone, mix 50/50 with ATF. put some on there and let it set for a bit. (Nail polish remover is usually acetone) I put some on some bolts for the old Ford trailer I bought. They came apart just fine. Might have to do it a couple times. If you can get it to start turning, put a little more on it.




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