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Posted June 12, 2013 - 09:21 AM

I have the 50" deck off my 318 for the third time in two weeks.

Replaced spindle. put it back together w/o replacing tension spring. 10 min. mowing and spring broke?

Replaced spring, W/o replacing Belt, 3 hrs later shredded the belt?

All my fault for not doing it right the first time!!


I found that the guards/tin create a place for grass and crap to collect and no good way to clean it out without taking the mower down and removing the guards.  Which is what caused the crap and mosture to rust and break the spring.  I'm tempted to leave the guards off so I can blow the crap off after mowing.

Is anyone else doing that?

Edited by JD DANNELS, June 12, 2013 - 10:33 AM.

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Posted June 12, 2013 - 09:47 AM

Yea , mine did that too . It's  been along time but If I remember right there were 2 guards and what I did was trimmed out the center and leaving just a section above the left and right spindles and belt as a guard , and even on those cut a little so I could just blow air or water towards the center then wash it out from there. Looks like I should have cleaned it for these pictures lol

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Posted June 12, 2013 - 04:58 PM

I took mine off entirely. No performance impact but it does decrease the safety a bit. I have no little kids at home and I'm the only one ever using the tractor so I accept the increased risk.

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Posted June 12, 2013 - 08:32 PM

I have the 50" deck for my 318, and the guards were missing when I got it. At first I was worried not having them, but it is working fine. Yes, it is a safety problem, but like coupduc said in his post, I'm the one doing the mowing.



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Posted June 12, 2013 - 08:37 PM

I think 25-50% of 318's with the 50" run without the guards.

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Posted June 12, 2013 - 08:46 PM

I stacked washers 3 high on the bolts between the plastic guards and the deck on my 48C.  Stihl leaf blower leaves little behind in there now.

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Posted June 12, 2013 - 08:57 PM

316 here w the 50" deck. First thing I did was remove the guards so I can blow out around the pullys with compressed air or the leaf blower. As mentioned slight hazard increase with the exposed belt, but I'm the one mowing.




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Posted June 13, 2013 - 08:10 AM

Well you have convinced me. I'm going to run without the guards and see how it goes.

Now I wish I had not taken the time to drill holes and file them square so I could put in carriage Bolts to replace the twisted off studs. :wallbanging: 

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Posted June 13, 2013 - 12:33 PM

...As mentioned slight hazard increase...



...Yes, it is a safety problem...



...I accept the increased risk.


Walking down the sidewalk is a safety risk... Seriously though my view is that if someone is close enough to the mower that the pullies need to be covered for safety then they are already WAY too close to the blades. Plus how exposes are the mule drive pullies out front of deck???