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Replacing the Mower Deck

Slide the deck under the machine and push it rearward to replace the belt on the engine pulley. Then move the deck forward until it`s in position to lift the back end and re-hang it on the rear support bracket.

Stand the mower up on its side. Take a garden hose and spray the deck at full blast. This will loosen some of the dirt and caked-on grass clippings. Scrub off the rest of the soil, using a brush, soap, and hot water.
Lawn mower deck pitch, or sometimes referred to as, “rake,” is the tilt of the mower deck from front to back. Forward deck pitch creates an air seal at the front of the deck when the blades are rotating.
Some may think that keeping the mower deck clean is more for the neatness of your mower, when in fact it has nothing to do with keeping the mower “looking good.” Not only will keeping it clean help with the performance of your mower, it also helps cut down on the spread of lawn diseases.
Yes, it is possible to put new decking over the old one! Keeping the old structure and replacing only the surface boards helps the homeowner to save time and money, instead of building an entire new frame.
You can expect to get anywhere from six to ten years out of your riding mower, or longer with proper care and maintenance. Like most machines, riding lawn mower life varies depending on a number of factors including terrain, maintenance and upkeep, number of hours used, and more.
Mower decks often have an enamel paint coating that helps prevent grass clippings from sticking. But over time, this paint can wear out. You can refresh the coating with other lubricants, like non-stick cooking spray, or use a lawn mower paint available at your local hardware or home improvement store.
How Often Should You Clean the Mower Deck? Most manufactures recommend twice a year. Some suggest spring, fall, and two times during the season. I clean my mower deck every other mowing.
Begin by heating the fiberglass along one of the edges. Gently force a putty knife or chisel under the fiberglass. Once an edge is lifted, pull up gently on the fiberglass with a pair of pliers. Use one hand to pull on the fiberglass while heating the resin and fiberglass with a heat gun in the other.
There are two types of mower decks. Commercial-grade zero-turn mowers typically have a fabricated deck that`s formed by welding several pieces of heavy-gauge steel together. Residential-grade mower decks often use a single piece of steel that was stamped in a press — more than adequate for an average residential yard.
Generally, zero-turn mowers should be capable of towing anything less than 50% of their weight. When considering this weight limit, you must also factor in the weight of the person operating the mower while it is towing. Light Weight Zero Turns can range in weight up to 700lbs.
Generally, zero-turn mowers should be capable of towing anything less than 50% of their weight. When considering this weight limit, you must also factor in the weight of the person operating the mower while it is towing. Light Weight Zero Turns can range in weight up to 700lbs.

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Deck removal how do I remove the mower deck to replace belt
ANSWER : If memory serves me correctly it is just disconnecting the rods and I think there were a few large springs also. If you tear it down that far you may as well check pulley bearings too!

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How to remove deck on 1045 cub cadet to remove and sharpen blades
ANSWER : You should be able to remove the blades without removing the deckThey bolt on from underneath with either a single or double bolt set up90% + are single bolt

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Can I remove dflector shield if I have a mulching kit on my22 hp 42″ cut lawn tractor?
ANSWER : Yes, you will have to put a plate off the discharge. Hope this helped Tim

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Change drivebelt – Husqvarna 8 12hp Riding Mower 970 Blade Hub 506935901
ANSWER : Remove deck and drive the mower up on some kind of ramp and crawl under and look it over then go to doing it .

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I had hit a somewhat hidden stump on the lawn..bending the blade. Took the deck off and replaced the bent blade. Put the deck back on and now the cut seems uneven. It appears that the deck is now uneven. I attempted to follow the directions for a side-to-side leveling. Started with trying to measure the blade height and am struggling with getting to a spot where I can measure the blade on the left side. By looking at the deck, it appears to be uneven. I am struggling with being able to raise the left side of the deck.
ANSWER : I’ve only had luck removeing the deck, turn it upside down. Measure blade, mark, remove blade, insert large pipe over spindle, bend in direction. Re-install blade, and do it all over and over till straight. Measure in several locations.

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What causes JD 260 riding mower to start dying when you engage the mower deck? It runs fine when you disengage the mower deck.
ANSWER : It’s the safety system that causes this. There is a switch under the seat that should activate when you are sitting in the seat. The switch can come loose or fail, the mounting can break, or the wires can come loose – any of these would cause the “engine dies when I engage the mower deck” behavior. Lift the seat, examine the switch. Rmove the switch and keep the plunger in with a piece of tape. Fixed? Then it’s just the mounting or adjustment. Not fixed? It’s the switch itself or the wires or connectors to it.

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Cannot remove mower blade pulley nut – John Deere 22HP VTwin 48" Riding Mower
ANSWER : I think its a left hand thread, you undo it clockwise (the “wrong” way)

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Lawn mower cranck but wont start…
ANSWER : Since you already checked for spark and air I would drain all the fuel out of it and check that fuel for water. Over time some lawn mowers end up with contaminated fuel. You can see the water sitting on the bottom of the fuel if you let it stand for a bit in a small plastic bowl.

Be sure to empty and dry out you fuel can as well. Especially if the mower stopped running right after a refuel. Which is a good sign your gas can is contaminated too.

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