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#46 Mjoe7 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 11, 2012 - 12:50 AM

Based on the pics, I would guess the tiller is an H70.

That is correct. :thumbs: Good eye.
The mower deck is a H44 or H46. If the middle cutting blade is shorter than the end blades it is a H46. If they are all the same it's a H44.
H46 is a 48" wide cut. The H44 is a 44" wide cut.
The serial number was usually on the deck under the depth control adjustment lever in that little pocket. Yours appears to have fallen off.
So the H is a match for the year of your tractor. :thumbs:

Deck H46
Tiller H70

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Posted October 11, 2012 - 07:22 AM

Where the tags should be on the deck and the tiller:
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Posted October 11, 2012 - 11:19 PM

Mjoe & Cat,

Thanks for the info and the pics. The middle cutting blade is shorter than the end blades so as you said Mjoe, it is an H46.

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Posted October 12, 2012 - 07:14 PM

BEARINGS!!!!!!!! So, I have inspected the bearings and here's what I've found:

1) all bearings spin freely
2) minimal grit...smooth for the most part
3) all bearings feel tight for the most part

So, just because they may have been in the blower for many years does that mean they need to be replaced? How do you all gauge when to change bearings in your attachments?

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Posted October 12, 2012 - 08:30 PM

When they make noise or are loose/ have flex to them. Sounds like you're good to go.

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Posted October 13, 2012 - 07:43 PM

COLOR SCHEME.......

Let's hope I don't draw too much fire for this post. I am half way through the removal of the surface rust on the inside of my blower. I'm taking it down to metal as much as possible. My plan is to prime and paint the inside of the blower so it will be smooth and ready for work this winter. I'll worry about the rest in the Spring and Summer. So, here's where I might get into trouble. On my JD I painted the inside of the blower black and the remainder of the blower JD Yellow. I like the look of it and it's something I plan to do with my CASE; no I won't be using JD Yellow on my CASE don't worry.

I'm not planning on restoring my tractor and I am planning on using it as my work horse around the house. What's the over/under on painting changing up the color scheme such as I am proposing?

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 12:18 AM

Why would you paint it black? Power Red is perfect. A. You can see it easier in the snow. B. It's the correct color. C. you can see rust and bad areas easier so you can clean them up before it gets worse. D. When you replace parts you won't have to be reaching for a can of black paint all the time. E. It's the correct color. :thumbs:

Just given you a hard time. I just thought I'd point out those pluses.
When you paint use a high gloss clear on the inside. The gloss is slicker than flat or satin. :rocker:

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 06:32 AM

What's the over/under on painting changing up the color scheme such as I am proposing?


Your tractor is not a black frame Case, nor should you attempt to make it that way. It's off by more than 10 years. :wallbanging:

Kidding. I don't care if you paint it pink and purple. The important thing is it is getting painted, and will most likely be around another 40 years instead of rusting away to scrap, and getting melted down into something that gets shipped here from China.

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 11:53 AM

Very funny......when I painted my JD, I had a buddy who altered a picture I sent out and made my snow blower black and PINK and then posted it on the net for all to see. You should have heard the screams from JD lovers when they thought I had painted my blower PINK. My buddy is quite the jokester.

Okay guys. I'll make everyone happy and start with "primer grey" :D

I have a local dealer (local is a relative term here in Maine) and I found "Power Red" BUT the funny thing is it states that it is for models between 1974-1985.

http://partstore.cas...duct_id=1769223

So, since my machine is a '71, will I be using a color that matches or doesn't match the frame or other attachments in the garage? Maybe I'm over thinking this.

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 02:08 PM

Thought everyone might like to see my "hijacked" photo of my JD I painted last year.

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Enjoy!

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:19 PM

Power Red is correct for a '71 as far as I know. I used Duplicolor Chevrolet Orange on my '72 and it was pretty close. Close enough anyway, for a quick and dirty paint job. Looks pretty decent. I don't plan on keeping that tractor so it doesn't get a whole lot of love.
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 10:36 PM

Well, I'm a little deeper into my snowcaster and have a couple questions:

1) Is the post holding the pulley on the lever supposed to be bent?

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2) The inside lining on the bolt hole that holds the pulley on the lever appears to be lined with copper and has worn unevenly. Is there a replacement copper sleeve that slides into this hole?

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3) I pulled the chain from the snowcaster and cleaned it up. Would the cotter pins in the chain be so that you can remove a link or two as needed?

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Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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Posted October 16, 2012 - 12:28 AM

Try finding a brass bushing to use in replace of that copper thing. The chain, not sure I've seen one with cottor pins before, but yea that would be were you could shorten the chain by removing a link or two.

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Posted October 16, 2012 - 12:33 AM

Here are 2 pics of mine. Sorry kinda blury.
It looks like that post should be straight. Since they welded that handle on an angle already.

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Posted October 16, 2012 - 08:54 AM

Those are offset links it allows you to remove half of a full link to adjust the length better. Cotter pins are used because a standard slip on clip can't be used.
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