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#1 vicamen18 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 04:44 PM

I'm new to this forum and appreciate the opportunity to participate. I am a dubber...meaning I dub around with my three John Deere mowers/ tractors. I have a 2006 John Deere 115 (riding mower), a 1978-1984 John Deere 212/214 (3 tractors made into 1), and now a John Deere Sabre 2354 minus the deck. This is a fun hobby and I enjoy it.

I have not been successful in locating a 54" deck for the Sabre. I did find a 50" craftsman zero turn deck. Other than the obvious mounting, is there any show stopper that may make this a bad idea to pursue? My tractor has a vertical shaft engine with electric pto and manual lift.

Things that are different (by eye) are: mounts, configuration of spindles, possible manual pto linkage, shape of deck.

Has anyone converted a zero turn mower deck to a "regular tractor" deck before? Unfortunately, the site will not enable me to attach a picture of the deck.

Thanks for your input.

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 05:10 PM

Welcome to GTTalk ! Can't help you will your deck question but I'm sure someone will have some ideas for you
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Posted January 04, 2015 - 05:25 PM

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 05:31 PM

Welcome to the forum, fellow Virginian!

 

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 06:54 PM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! You're soon to find out the folks here like pics, so check out the link in my signature for uploading them. And charge up the camera batteries!


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Posted January 04, 2015 - 07:17 PM

Hi Kevin, Welcome to GTtalk.  The first thing that came to my mind other then what you posted is how the deck fits under the tractor.  Will it limit turn radius, when it is aligned with the pto will if clear tires.  I think that would be the first thing I would be concerned about.  I haven't converted a deck over but I do work on GT's and Zero turns and Zero turns tend to have a more fuller deck design.


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Posted January 04, 2015 - 07:23 PM

Maybe you could add more parts and make it a ztr tractor.
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Posted January 04, 2015 - 08:03 PM

Thanks for insight. I assumed that because it could take a 54" deck that a smaller deck would not be a problem; but then, when I was reminded that it was a different shape, that is probably the kicker. I did follow the instructions on loading and have attached the picture of the zero turn deck. Thanks for the help.

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 08:06 PM

It helps when you press "attach this file";)

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Posted January 04, 2015 - 08:31 PM

WELCOME to GTTalk!


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Posted January 04, 2015 - 10:02 PM

I don't know the wheelbase measurement of a JD Sabre, or the length of the Craftsman deck pictured. But I see no reason why that deck can't be made to work under the JD.  You're just going to have to adapt the JD lift arms to those two pins on that Craftsman deck, and figure out a different draft arm set up to hook to the front or axle mount on the JD. You might be able to flip that tensioner pulley arm around 180° and use it for the drive belt coming from the front, even.


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Posted January 05, 2015 - 07:28 AM

If you decide not to use it, I may be interested in buying it, my Craftsman zero turn, which by the way are made by Simplicity in those years, has a well worn 44" deck and I mow 1.5 acres and would love that 50" deck.


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Posted January 05, 2015 - 09:21 AM

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Posted January 05, 2015 - 10:46 AM

Good morning, All. Thanks for the warm welcomes and ideas. I thought I would upload, side-by-side, the deck in question and the deck the tractor was designed to carry (54" Scotts deck is pictured). The pictures are not the same size or aspect; meaning, the side comparison is for shape only at this point. have not made any measurements; for that fact, I haven't contacted the owner because I didnt want to waste his time about a potential project. All of your input is great.

TOPPOP52- I have not set up my profile yet and am still learning how to use this site. Does our membership automatically set up a GTt email to pm? I will gladly send you the contact info.

This is a good thread! Now...if I could only find a John Deere Sabre, Scotts, or GT275, G100 and I could have used that deck!

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Posted January 05, 2015 - 01:36 PM

When you get a PM you should get a notification to the Email address you used when you set up your account.

 

The Scott's deck looks very much like the Yamaha deck.  Unfortunately a Yamaha deck would probably be harder to find then the Scott's.


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