I saw a post somewhere the other day about this topic but I cant find it and for the life of me I cant remember if it was on here or on facebook somewhere. Either way, at one time John Deere made a 3 point mower deck(260) that was basically just a belly mower with 3 pt attachment brackets. I have been wondering if it could be done with a regular deck when I happened upon the post. I had always been unsure if it was possible to run it off of a 2000 rpm rear PTO and found out that it is indeed possible and the way that the 260 was built. I have a HD 60" deck for a 430 that was on my 400 when I bought it several years ago. Since I use my 430 primarily as a plow machine and my 400 is currently mothballed waiting on a new "heart transplant" I got to thinking about this again. The mounting brackets would not be a big deal as I know plenty of people that could build those. My dilemma is where to find the components to build the driveshaft to power the deck. For the rear half, I could simply use the factory driveshaft, but the front half of the factory shaft has a female coupling and I would have to have the male coupling in order to use the rear PTO.
So, my question for all of you is this.......................Where can I find a 15 spline Male universal joint coupling to build the front half of the shaft. They are not longer available from Mother Deere and if you were to find one, it would be ridiculously expensive.
Any leads or ideas for building this shaft would be greatly appreciated.