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#46 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted November 14, 2017 - 07:50 PM

Finally! Someone suggested a tool that I have (a miter box with a saw) I forgot I had this :wallbanging: . and wasn't putting 2+2 together. It was hanging behind the TV in plain site all this time. Oh, and here is the finished skid, just need to make the one for the other side now.

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Posted January 27, 2018 - 08:04 PM

So, I am picking up where I left off on the Craftsman 50” deck. I tackled the front anti scalp roller. Probably way more elaborate than it needed to be. The new one was a 12” Boat deck roller that I cut in half with a jig-saw (had it out for another honey-do project). I picked up an 80c nail to make a straighter bar, and some brass bushings for the ends. Still had some slop, so I used a piece of red tubing from a HF fluid pump and a piece of unknown white tube to keep the brass bushings in place. All mounted and looks like it will work fine. Next is to work on the idler bracket (as I won’t have a top cover) and make a LH runner, this should be easier than the RH one.

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Posted January 28, 2018 - 06:55 PM

I ordered the last part (that is available) for the 50” deck, the grass shield. The top cover is NLA so I fabricated a bracket for the idler support, and while at it I made the other runner. Waiting on the paint to dry on the rear anti-scalp pins so I can get those installed. Next weekend I’ll fit this on Hulk II and power it up. Should be a big difference going from 44” to 50”.  

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Posted February 02, 2018 - 09:59 PM

Finished the deck tonight. I had to fab a support bar, drill some holes and presto, the shield in installed. All that is left to do is get this mounted on Hulk II or BOH (Haven't decided yet) to check the drive belt and spin it up. Grandson is here, didn't have much for him to do so while watching the Odd Squad Movie I gave him a defunct pocket game and a screwdriver to dissemble / destroy. I figure it helps for dexterity using small tools, plus kept him busy while watching TV.

Going to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibit as a Science museum tomorrow.

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Posted February 03, 2018 - 08:48 PM

Had a good day at the Mayborn Museum. Lots of hands on stuff to do there. Got the deck mounted, fit like a glove, should be able to test it tomorrow. https://www.baylor.edu/mayborn/

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Posted February 03, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Well I think I spoke too soon. Not sure how I am going to correct this. The R side gauge wheel bolt is catching on the Terra Track tread when the deck is raised. The L side clears fine. I don't see any way to shift the deck to the right a nudge, or move the gauge wheel out some. Oh BTW the extra 6" are on the Chute side as compared to RED's 44" deck. 

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Posted February 03, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Carriage bolt head has a lower profile.
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Posted February 04, 2018 - 12:32 AM

I looked at this again, (noticed it in the pictures) not sure if it is designed this way but the Left bar has a slight bend inward. I'll try swapping the LH and RH wheel bars tomorrow and see if that fixes it.


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Posted February 04, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Weld a bolt to the gauge wheel bracket and grind it flush on the tire side?
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Posted February 04, 2018 - 01:07 PM

Swapping the wheel mounts didn't work, the bar looked bent but wasn't. I noticed I had a lot of clearance with the deck lowered, so I adjusted the wheels down. I have about 1/4" clearance with the deck lowered, and about the same from the rear tire with the deck raised. Good to go now. I checked to see if any belt guards like I have on RED was still available. (106214X) comes up as NLA.
Here is the turn-up

 

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