About two weeks ago, I was using the '75 1614 PK to mow at neighbor Tessie's, since the deck belt on the 312-8 WH had broken, and I had not gotten another yet. While mowing, rollers on the back caught on something sticking out of the ground. I have used this tractor to mow over there many times and never had a problem, so why it caught that time, I don't know! It ended up ripping the rollers right off of the mower deck, just about ripped the hangers out of the shell, and tweaked the shell around pretty good. Also, once the rollers ripped off, the deck fell on the ground and the front of the shell was pushed in; when it pushed in it caused the front to hit one of the blades and put a gash in it about 3 inches long.
A few days ago, the new belt arrived for the 312-8 WH. Yesterday, I put it on. With the WH back in service, I started to mow over at neighbor Tessie's again. I have been mowing over there for over 2 years and have always gone over the cover for one of the oil tanks without any problems. I don't know what made this time any different, but I hit it, and I hit it hard! I have not mowed over there since I messed up the mower deck for the '75 1614 PK, so the grass was pretty high. Since the grass was so high, I had raised the mower deck up two cut settings, so it was on the highest setting.
Here is the oil tank cover, you can see I pulledit up pretty good when I hit it.
After I hit it, I heard a couple slams, then a loud squeal of the belt slipping. I just disengaged the deck, and drove home... I did not even want to see the damage, as I knew it would be bad. When I got home, I took the deck off and the first thing I noticed is that it ripped one of the hanger brackets out of the shell.
Next, I turned it over. I was astonished at how far in it had bent! I was only in second gear!
The entire deck has a bit of an arc to it now, so I am not sure what I am going to do. I am sure that I could repair both of the decks, but I am not sure if it is worth it or not. They are both pretty messed up. The worst part is that I don't know why I have been hitting things that I normally have plenty of room to get over!