mulching on 46" 300-series deck ? (help)
Posted October 14, 2011 - 10:14 AM
I finally bought her via Craigslist after missing a few on eBay and Craigslist. Yeah.
I had my choice of decks (46, 48, or 1 larger), and chose the 46" deck as my lot had tons of trees and hills, valleys, and divets, and it seems (or so I heard/read) that the smaller deck will perform better given these numerous obstacles. Unfortunately, I was just told by John Deere that mulching blades aren't available for this size deck....
What is my next step? I do not want to bag grass or leaves... and the seller lives 2.5 hrs away, so swapping the decks is unlikely.
Are there other 16" blades from other manufacturers? What else do I need? Can I just rig a cover for the exit shoot or is there more to the grass-flow aerodynamics than that?
thanks from a newbie,
Posted October 14, 2011 - 03:02 PM
Posted October 14, 2011 - 09:09 PM
Posted October 14, 2011 - 10:12 PM
There was a tricycler for the 46" decks (model 46, 47 and 48). It is BM17877. It mounts with two holes - not sure if all decks can use it or if only later model decks can. I'm not sure what part number the blades for this kit are - maybe someone at the Deere dealership can help you. If I were you I would call the seller up and see if you can get the 48" deck for it. It is a much more modern design. There is a tricycler kit still available for it. I had a model 48 (46") on my 317 and finally found a 48" replacement deck. It is a night and day difference!
can you elaborate on the improvements? did it cut better? faster? cleaner? it would mean a 5 hr round trip plus the awkward exchange..
Posted October 14, 2011 - 11:13 PM
Posted October 15, 2011 - 12:54 AM
- saintb said thank you
Posted October 15, 2011 - 10:28 AM
is it the 46" deck?
My local dealer just me sold me (primary) belt# m89112, but it is too short. It looks like they sold me the belt for the 50" deck. and I would need the M82718, instead. true?
What are Gator blades?
Why are some of the 48" decks called replacement decks? one of my options was the replacement deck, but he said the 46" was in the best condition.
Posted October 15, 2011 - 01:38 PM
Deere made a modern style 48" deck that is called the 48" replacement deck for the older 300 series tractors. It looks like the deck in this pdf:
It is a deeper deck and has better suction than the 46" and the 50" decks. There is a tricycler attachment available for it as well.
- saintb said thank you
Posted October 15, 2011 - 09:25 PM
John Deere Drive Belt - M82718
I found the part number on tractordata.com for the 318 (accessories tab): TractorData.com John Deere 318 tractor attachments information
Posted October 15, 2011 - 11:44 PM
Posted October 18, 2011 - 12:54 PM
Posted October 19, 2011 - 04:18 PM
Posted October 19, 2011 - 07:10 PM
Posted November 13, 2011 - 02:09 PM
now the real challenge begins. finding a mulching kit for my 46" deck... (or trading up to replacement deck)
Posted November 13, 2011 - 05:50 PM