I have an unknown year John Deere 185 hydro, Tag reads *m00185b, and from all of the diagrams I have viewed the deck is a 46" serial 360001-475000.
I purchased this tractor at auction for little to nothing, after cleaning it up and changing the fluids, blades and deck wheels I tried to adjust the deck cutting level, this is where my problem begins.
I need to cut around 3-1/2 inches tall, but no matter what level I have the deck on the chute side is riding on the wheel.
1. when lever all the way up in "travel" position the chute side is still riding on the gage wheel, and the other side is about 4" off the ground. ( yes the wheels are set the same, all tires set to the proper pressure, and machine is as level as can be at this age, and for further informational purposes I removed the wheel and the deck was only about 2 inches off the ground in the travel position) So it is not the wheels.
2. When lever is on say 2 the chute side wheel is running on the ground, and the other side is just barely skimming the ground( I believe skimming the ground is the intent of these wheels, please correct me if I am wrong).
A. The front rods are connected and are equal length.
B. The rear arms are attached and good.
C. The lift arms are attached on both sides ( I have tested with the adjustment bolt on the non chute side and it does not effect the "levelness" of the deck,
So the question I have, and please know I have scoured the web for hours looking and trying to figure this out. ( Read I have looked at every 185/46" diagram on the web).
On the chute side of this machine should there be a lift assist spring or a spring of some sort to keep it level? If so what is the part number and does someone have a picture?
I thank you all in advance, my local dealer ( for lawn tractors) is about an hour drive and all the dealers here are very very busy with farmers planting and pulling hay so again thank you in advance.