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#1 Gfann OFFLINE  

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Posted August 05, 2013 - 04:53 PM

Well I had an issue with my deck. Actually I had an issue awhile ago that I never really properly fixed and I think it finally caught up. The left side. Of the deck had some body damage and the wheel bracket was broke off so I had a thin piece of metal placed over the spot and a piece of metal bent to 45 to hold a wheel. In any case that area eventually cause the deck to crack right through the area the mandrel sets. I realized the crack the other day and figured well it was time to either get a new deck or try to fabricate this thing back together. So I did the latter because it seems more a challenge. Sense I was doing the other stuff I decide to put the wind baffles back under the deck and I reinforced the front of the deck with angle iron and connected it with rebar. And, i found that one of the bolt holes for the front anti-scalp roller was cracked so I fixed that and fixed some other cracks as well. All said and done I can safely say the deck is very rigid now. It's a bit ugly underneath but I put it back on and fired it up, it runs good and seems to cuts good. While I had it disassembled, I took the blade mandrels apart and cleaned them real good and re greased them. I do need a new set blades now. I'm working on that though.

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Posted August 05, 2013 - 05:21 PM

looks like it will hold together for a while now, only thing I see giving you some issue's is the rebar in front collecting grass, otherwise nice job. :thumbs:  :thumbs:  not only did you save $$ by not having to get another deck you had some fun fabrication time


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Posted August 05, 2013 - 07:02 PM

Should hold up for quite some time. Looks good and strong.

Way to go. Keep the old stuff workin, rather than filling the scrap yard. :thumbs:


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Posted August 05, 2013 - 08:27 PM

Nothing wrong with that fix!  I've got a tractor you can come after whenever you want and practice that repair.

 

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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:03 PM

Nothing wrong with that fix!  I've got a tractor you can come after whenever you want and practice that repair.
 
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Hey Ben, you didn't just recently buy three lots of Clinton engine parts off EBay, did ya?
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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:06 PM

Hey Ben, you didn't just recently buy three lots of Clinton engine parts off EBay, did ya?

 

I'm the guilty party.  It was four total.  I spent far more than I wanted to on a couple of them, but I hope they turn out good. 

 

Were you after them, too?

 

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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:07 PM

Should hold up for quite some time. Looks good and strong.
Way to go. Keep the old stuff workin, rather than filling the scrap yard. :thumbs:


In doing the repair, I sort of mentally broken the construction process of the deck. It really just sheet metal folded in key spots, the real bear would be folding that type of steel myself but I suppose you could use small angle for bends and just weld doesn't seem that tough. One day done the road when this deck really takes dump I'm sure I'll give it a go.

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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:09 PM

I'm the guilty party.  It was four total.  I spent far more than I wanted to on a couple of them, but I hope they turn out good. 
 
Were you after them, too?
 
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No, I think I sold them to you. At least three of them anyway.
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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:21 PM

No, I think I sold them to you. At least three of them anyway.

 

I don't think so.  I bought four boxes from Michigan. 

 

Don't tell me I missed a Clinton parts auction!!! :wallbanging:  What did you have?

 

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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:27 PM

I don't think so.  I bought four boxes from Michigan. 
 
Don't tell me I missed a Clinton parts auction!!! :wallbanging:  What did you have?
 
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I guess you did... I sold them to old paths equipment which I hadn't realized until after the sale they are a sponsor of this site. Also the name of the buyer was Ben W. sense you name is also Ben W I just wondered.
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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:30 PM

The repair should hold up just fine. Looks like a solid job !! :thumbs:


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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:51 PM

Way to go. Keep the old stuff workin, rather than filling the scrap yard. :thumbs:


That's what your wife says every time you leave for work, isn't it?
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Posted August 05, 2013 - 09:55 PM

Looks like it'll hold together now. :thumbs:
You might want to watch for something to take the place of the rebar, I agree it might make cleaning harder.

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Posted August 06, 2013 - 04:33 AM

Looks like it'll hold together now. :thumbs:
You might want to watch for something to take the place of the rebar, I agree it might make cleaning harder.

I agree with Alan here but for another reason.  Rebar tends to get brittle when its welded.  My concern would be the rebar cracking with the vibration of the deck and catching one of the blades.  There may not be enough weld on there to cause this to happen but, given the fact that its on the underside of the deck, I think it deserves mention.  I think I would look for a piece of flat bar to put in there just to be sure.  Otherwise, it looks good and solid.


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Posted August 06, 2013 - 06:12 AM

I guess you did... I sold them to old paths equipment which I hadn't realized until after the sale they are a sponsor of this site. Also the name of the buyer was Ben W. sense you name is also Ben W I just wondered.

 

I found the records.  Yes, I did buy the parts from you.  It was a set of three a little farther back than what my brain was remembering. 

 

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