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#1 mike912e OFFLINE  

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Posted February 27, 2013 - 09:21 AM

My Cub Cadet mower deck is almost restored , but the wooden roller on the front is worn and rather beat up . I would like to replace it with one of like material but don't have a clue as to the type of wood it's made of . I was thinking that a piece of rock hard maple would work and last awhile . Any help would be appreciated .mower deck 2-27-13 008.JPG mower deck 2-27-13 009.JPG I've included two pictures of progress so far . It's all powdercoat . The baffle on the bottom, around the blades, is almost finished . I still have to weld the three parts together as well as attach the angles to bolt it to the deck then it's off to the powdercoater .

Next will be to finish the snowthrower . Most of it is powdercoated . Just needs to be assembled . Love these old Cubs !

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Posted February 27, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Wow you sure did a nice job there.


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Wow ! That deck looks great :thumbs:  I would think the maple would be fine ,I do remember that my grandfather said the butter walnut was used for mallets so maybe that would work too .   Al


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 10:18 AM

Just make sure its hard wood.  I knew a guy who replaced a roller like that with pine.  Took him an hour to make it, and five minutes to destroy it. 

 

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Posted February 27, 2013 - 10:21 AM

would black walnut work for the roller? i know oak or maple will


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 12:10 PM

I've got a new plastic one and maybe a good used wooden here someplace.
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Posted February 27, 2013 - 02:11 PM

Thanks to all who chipped in with their answer . I worked for a forklift repair shop before I retired and they have rollers that are close in size but made from hard rubber which should last awhile . But, I prefer wood in that it would match the original . A friend stopped by and he thought it might be oak . He is the one who donated the Cub to me and he also volunteered to let me use his lathe when the weather warms up . I have spent so much time and money on this Cub that I want to maintain a high level of quality so it looks like it will be made out of oak .

Thanks again, my friends .


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Posted February 27, 2013 - 02:41 PM

I'm making new rollers for my Panzer soon, got 2 1/2" round dowel at Home Depot, I believe it was oak or poplar....


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Posted February 28, 2013 - 07:23 AM

Thanks for the advise . I usually shop at Lowes so I'll check them out for large diameter dowel material .

 

Update : The local Lowes doesn't carry anything bigger around than 1 1/2 inch diameter . Guess I'll try Home Depot next .


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Posted September 26, 2013 - 03:41 AM

Update ! I burn wood in the cookstove during the winter so I had a friend turn two pieces , one was Locust and the other was Red Oak . I used the Locust and it came out great . And I have a spare sitting on the shelf .


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Posted September 26, 2013 - 05:26 AM

Thanks for the update , I was looking at your deck pictrues again and still in aw of the job you did !  I didn't notice before  that center blade looks bigger !!






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