Featured LX266, Deck repair.

Discussion in 'John Deere' started by jhngardner367, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lonoke,Arkansas
    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 ! IMG_20170730_114610638_HDR.jpg
     
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  2. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Priest River, Idaho
    That's John Deere for you. Surprised you can even still get them. Normally 3 months after they introduce something, they discontinue it. I'm of course exaggerating, but not much!
     
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  3. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lonoke,Arkansas
    Well,..I'm a cheapskate,any way !:D:D:D
    Got the patch cut to size,and I've got the section marked ,for removal.
    I'll tack it in,and position the tensioner support,and deck attachment support.
    Once I'm satisfied ,I'll do a full weld.
    Then all I have to do is turn the OD,on the bronze bushings,and drill a grease hole ,in them .
    After that , it's all sand,and paint !:)
     
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  4. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lonoke,Arkansas
    Well,found another spot,that needs repair,so I'm doing it, first. IMG_20170731_115124479_HDR.jpg
     

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  5. Thomas

    Thomas Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Now that's what I call tender.
     
  6. willys55

    willys55 Caractacus Potts Staff Member

    Oct 13, 2016
    tin beetles have been hard at work
     
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  7. FredM

    FredM Registered User

    496
    Nov 18, 2015
    Rangewood
    hope you have success with the repairs
     
  8. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lonoke,Arkansas
    Well,...I've repaired worse,..though it ain't fun !
    I have to make this one last,until I can find a replacement.....grass is growin' too fast !
     
  9. tractor beam

    tractor beam ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Priest River, Idaho
    Looks like a pile of tetanus spores holding hands! Work your magic John and above all else make it like new. You can do it!
     
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  10. FredM

    FredM Registered User

    496
    Nov 18, 2015
    Rangewood
    I hope I didn't come across as being sarcy, I have repaired rusted decks at times and as soon as you hit them with a stick, boof!! a bloody blow hole, I prefer using oxy/acetylene with tobin bronze to gently fill in those sink holes and the heat usually stabilises the rust, each to his own though.

    and I say it again, good luck John
     
  11. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lonoke,Arkansas
    No worries, Mate!
    I'm using a Mig wire welder,so t's more controllable.
    I'm overlapping into good metal,and using stitch welds,the metal doesn't get brittle .
    Sort of like when they weld a car panel.
    I use a "picking hammer",and if it so much as dimples,it gets replaced!
    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
     
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  12. jhngardner367

    jhngardner367 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lonoke,Arkansas
    Most of the bad stuff,I've noticed,is where grass normally sticks,and has to be scraped off,after mowing.
    PO used it commercially,and didn't clean it much.
    Found a deck shell,in Indiana,....$300+ $150 shipping.
    Still too much,for me,right now.
    SO,back to the welding !