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My 16 year old Sears Craftsman lawn tractor (model # 917271830 Craftsman 21 hp, 42 in. Deck) suddenly began cutting so low on one side (not the chute side) that it pretty much cuts right down to the dirt! Luckily this started when I was almost done mowing. The little bit of the back yard I missed is not important.
The blades, and the shafts and pulleys that are above the blades do not have any vertical play in them. I yanked pretty hard from every direction.
Side of the yard on this side of the garage is wet, overgrown, and not an area that can be used for much of anything. Thinking of putting in a pond, fixing the drainage, and finding a more out of the way spot for a new shed our outbuilding. Just using a chainsaw and an 73 Ariens garden tractor with a cart to move things around so far. Thinking an excavator rental may be in my future if I dig a pond, the local place has a Kubota with a hoe and loader that might get a day so action here before it is all said and done.
Well,since the weather cooled,a bit,I decided to strip the deck,on the JD .
Found a couple of weak spots,with pin holes,but,overall,it's still solid!
Removed all the spindles,and tensioners,etc.,without a single broken bolt!
Spindles,bushings,and blades,as well as the secondary belt,are in great shape.
The primary belt,though, needs replacing.
I will be sanding,and grinding any rust,and welding in new metal.
PO used it , commercially,for over 2 years,and wasn't one to do cleaning/repairs.
Still,...it beats paying almost $1300.00,for a new BARE shell !
Hi, I have a craftsman eager 1, 22 inch power propelled 536.909400 , I need to replace belts I found part# for drive belt 49570 now subbing 49570ma, I can't find part# for auger belt, would these be the same size as drive belt, this is an old machine which makes it hard to find info on it, sears direct only shows drive belt #.any help would be great. Thanks jim
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