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#31 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted October 28, 2017 - 03:32 PM

Yep, I did that on my LGT-145, One step foreword, 30 back. You can really see where the deck is bent, not the bracket as I thought.  Well plan (A) didn't work (Tried to strap the deck so I could whack it with the BFH). Plan (B), removed the blades and mandrills and set the deck on the ground and went after it with the Super BFG. Things started straightening out. I adjusted the discharge Shute while I was at it. I sanded the rough areas with 220, and washed it again. It will get the paint touched up after it dry's. I checked out my bender with a scrap, I think this will work for me.  

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Posted October 28, 2017 - 08:31 PM

Caught back up. the super BFH did the trick to get things back in kilter. Had some help this evening, getting ready for movie night in the shop.

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Posted October 29, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Well I found a way to get the sharp bend, but at a price. looks like I will need to make a small forge using charcoal and a battery air mattress blower to heat this up red hot and try the vice again.  

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Posted October 29, 2017 - 05:47 PM

I went with plan C to try and salvage this. I'll talk with my welder tomorrow to see if he can run a bead across the crack. I finished it up and test fitted., I think the deck Shute is still out of whack so I may still need to make adjustments to the bends. Next up is to make the left side runner. Here is one (spare) I made for the Roper deck. This should be easy, but not tonight.

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Posted October 30, 2017 - 07:01 PM

Well dang, after dropping the runner off for welding, come to find out the runners are still available at Sears, and are designed to eliminate the sharp bend. Oh-well. 

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Posted October 30, 2017 - 08:06 PM

Well, at least I made some progress tonight. The idler bracket is tight and moves freely, I had a spring and belt already. Thinking of making a top bracket for the idler as this won't have a top cover.

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Posted November 08, 2017 - 08:26 PM

Ok, Decision and recommendations are needed. I got the front roller (12" X 2.5") boat roller. I need to cut it down to 6-1/2 inches. I have a couple questions.

1. Cutting tools I have are, Circular saw, Saws-all, jig saw, hand saw, and hack saw, What would be best to use? I am not against buying another saw as long as it has other uses.

2. Should I do one 6-1/2 roller, or cut three separate like the OEM. Single would be easier.

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Posted November 09, 2017 - 05:51 AM

I used my 10" miter saw. Cut through with no problems. I would make it one roller, cut the 12" in half and have a spare!


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 08:57 AM

No miter saw here, but I like the cut it in half idea, I can add washers to take up the extra 1/2". On the down side, this means the one cut has to be perfect or both are ruined and I don't feel like dropping another $25.00 on another roller.



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Posted November 09, 2017 - 10:33 AM

No miter saw here, but I like the cut it in half idea, I can add washers to take up the extra 1/2". On the down side, this means the one cut has to be perfect or both are ruined and I don't feel like dropping another $25.00 on another roller.

Got a miter saw at work somewhere?


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Probably, but I'm sure there would be an issue using it. City has a no tolerance policy. Can't paste the text, so here is a screen capture.

 

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Posted November 09, 2017 - 12:53 PM

I wish I was closer I got a miter saw 


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 05:50 PM

Probably, but I'm sure there would be an issue using it. City has a no tolerance policy. Can't paste the text, so here is a screen capture.

But it's not personal gain, no money involved! Bet one of your co-workers has a saw!


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Posted November 09, 2017 - 05:54 PM

Gonna work on the 10 cart this weekend. I'll check with the neighbor about a saw.


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Posted November 13, 2017 - 10:23 PM

I'll get back on this shortly. Standard time makes it dark, and I am trying to finish up RED's winter service and a few other things over the winter mowing break.






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