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 10-31-2004, 18:26 Post: 99579
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I have a B-1550 with a RC54-B belly mower with about 600 hours on them. Today the gear-box along with the center spindle of the mower tore right from the deck of the mower! I did not hit anything. It appears that the deck was rusted a little and was weak at the mounting. I sure that the deck can't be welded do to alignment reasons. I've seen the cost of new belly mowers!!!! I have to many things to mow around to get a rear finish mower. Any advice out there? It seems that if I were to spend several grand for a new belly mower, I should be ahead to trade everything in and go new!






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 11-01-2004, 04:34 Post: 99597
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I don't see why that can't be repaired with a piece of plate
steel ? Is this a shaft drive? If so the u-joints will make up for any MINOR misalignment.
But, it is a good reason to go get a new set up. Honey,look at this thing, it's junk!






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 11-01-2004, 05:34 Post: 99599
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Well I thought about that and if I add plate to the top I don't know if the gear box shaft will still reach through the belt pulley and to the center blade spindle it drives. And if I add it to the bottom...same as above however the center blade will cut however thick the plate is closer than the other two blades causing a striped yard. Yes the deck is shaft driven but the alignment problem is between the gearbox and the center pulley and blade it sits on top of.






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 11-01-2004, 06:05 Post: 99602
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Just wondering if you know if the gear box and spindle were properly lubricated at the time of the failure in addition to the rusting problem you had with the deck.






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 11-01-2004, 06:19 Post: 99605
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The center gearbox is the most neglected of all. When people clean many just use a hose which helps to pack wet grass in and around the gearbox everytime. We have replaced steel on decks in the area that you are refering to although we have not done that deck. This could be a good time to trade but yet still cheaper to fix and you do have a tractor that can last many more hours.






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 11-01-2004, 07:26 Post: 99610
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When I clean my deck I remove the spindle covers first then blow it with a backpack blower than hose it and than do the blower again, then run it before putting it away.






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 11-01-2004, 07:59 Post: 99613
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Dennis, air hose, or blower, that is the way to do it as the decks don't get wet and hold the moisture in the grass that gets blown into the spindle areas as well as under the belt idlers which often get fixed from the debris and canuses premature belt failure if not the deck failing also as possibly in this case.






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 11-01-2004, 15:52 Post: 99644
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A good fab shop should be able to set that to the original
specs. using the same thickness plate cutting out the rust
back to good steel. It does not need any additional thickness added. Remember even a 6011 rod has 60000 psi per sq. inch,
and the deck is somewhere around 40000. In other words a proper bead of weld is stronger than the subject in this case.
I might suggest taking a couple of pics of another deck and bring them to a shop with you.






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 11-01-2004, 16:55 Post: 99658
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I am very strict with the maintenance and cleaning of this tractor. Everything was well lubricated when it broke. I just finished taking the gearbox off and pulling off the blade and spindle and retrieved the piece of deck off the back of the spindle mount. Oddly enough the metal did not look rusted but fatigued as it was a clean break matching the outline of the spindle housing.






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 11-01-2004, 16:58 Post: 99659
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BTW, Grinder...I'm going to run the deck into a local fab guy that has done some welding for me in the past on my trailer. I'll let you know what happens.






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