What maintenance is needed on a 42" deck on a 3410S?
The tractor has just been 'awaken' from a near 40 year sleep and I'm looking at making sure all is in good order before putting it to serious use. The deck works, in fact, I've got everything working like new, other than the surface rust on the paint,and many cracks in the seat, the machine seems to be 100%. I just want to make sure everything that needs relubing or service gets it to prevent any surprises later.
So far I cleaned and repacked the front wheel bearings and the shuttle drive planetary gears, I found grease fittings on the rear differential, and axles, both front spindles, and one on the brake pedal shaft. I know some decks use tapered roller bearings and some use sealed bearings, I see various posts about Simplicity decks using oil, some with grease, and some with sealed bearings.
How do I know which I have from 1974?
Would it be a good idea to pull the deck and rebuild the spindles now rather than wait for a failure, with the thought that the grease may be dried up or worn out?