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#1 chieffan OFFLINE  

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Bought the tractor not running with the deck installed.  Removed the deck to replace the motor and other work a month ago.  Put the deck back on yesterday and went real smooth - till I raised the deck.  Found that the front of the deck does not raise, only the back.  Did I put something together wrong?  Leave out some parts?  Looked at the parts breakdown and believe I have all the parts shown.  Is this normal for this machine?  Never owned one before.



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Posted March 17, 2016 - 05:28 PM

Could use some pics of deck attached at front.


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 06:50 PM

Will get them in the morning.  Was a busy day today.  Thanks.



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Posted March 18, 2016 - 09:08 AM

I have the Parts Manuals for the LT1018 and the 1000 series tractors.  They both show the same parts breakdown for the lift mechanism.

 

Raised Deck.JPG     Raised Frt. Mt.JPG

Lowered Deck.JPG    Lowered Frt Mt.JPG

 

It looks to me like the front of the deck was never intended to be raised.  It carries on the front deck wheels all the time.  No wonder they wear out so fast.  Or did I screw up and miss something?

 

With the back of the deck raised to the highest level, it changes the front of the blade cutting height by less than 1/4".


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Posted March 18, 2016 - 09:25 AM

My parents have that style. It looks like there's too much thread showing on that brace that connects to the front of the deck. If you tighten the nuts (not showing) it should pull that front of the deck up as you tighten them. There should be some steps in the manual that can give additional help.
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Posted March 18, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Will check in to that and see what I can find.  Thanks much.



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Posted March 18, 2016 - 02:04 PM

That did the trick.  I tightened up both nuts about 6 turns each and the front is now off the ground.  Will get it out on the sidewalk before I mow and get it leveled both ways.



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Posted March 30, 2016 - 07:06 AM

Got it out on level ground yesterday and had to tighten the front rods considerable more to get the deck to ride level.  Front is down about 1/4'  now and ride level.  The whole deck goes up and down level now.  Will cut about 2-1/2" high with the wheels off the ground.  Should be good to go.  Thanks for the help on this.






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