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Replacing the Mower Deck

Post  Ewok1958 on Tue 15 Apr 2014, 5:22 pm

We have a Husqvarna ride on mower (LTH797) that has had the crap beaten out of the deck over the past 6 years.  After many welding episodes and yet more fractures, I decided to replace it.  There were a few dramas.

First, Cooma Power Equipment couldn't manage to order the right replacement unit - in the end I gave up on them and got the right one first time from the Bega agent.

Second, Husqvarna clearly never wanted you to change over the pulleys and bearing units - I had to get a 1 metre extension pipe onto the socket handle to undo some of the nuts. 

Third, all of the nuts welded onto the deck had no threads cut into them (some problem with quality control somewhere).  Luckily I had at same stage in the past bought a cheap tap and die set - luckily I did as I had to tap four threads. 

But after that mucking around it is back on the mower and working fine (had to add some extra washers to get the deck level - seems the linkage holes have worn a bit over 6 years.

PS: the post maintenance beer tasted sweet!  cheers
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Post  Bosco15 on Tue 15 Apr 2014, 5:33 pm

It's always a good feeling, refurbishing something yourself, knowing that you have just saved yourself enough money to buy that new rear tyre.
Well done with the taps.

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Post  madmax on Tue 15 Apr 2014, 6:46 pm

@Ewok1958 wrote:PS: the post maintenance beer tasted sweet!  cheers

It always does  Smile 

Good job by the way

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Post  Hammy on Wed 16 Apr 2014, 6:20 am

Good work for a little furry creature with only three fingers.    Very Happy
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Post  reddog on Wed 16 Apr 2014, 7:24 pm

Jeez.. by the sounds of it you should have bought something other than a Husqvarna. Good work on getting it together. I would've stopped at the tapping bit and gone and spoke to the dealer about the shit quality
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Post  Ewok1958 on Wed 16 Apr 2014, 7:32 pm

They now make three models with fabricated decks (ie not just pressed metal).  They are like dreadnoughts!  Wish they'd been around 6 years ago. Clearly Husqvarna has recognised the need for mowers with stronger cutting units.  I'm now tempted to sell mine, whilst it is in good nick, and buy one of these new units.
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Post  Baz on Wed 16 Apr 2014, 8:39 pm

or you could get some goats ... and eat them when they get fat on all your grass  Smile

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Post  Kiwisteve on Thu 17 Apr 2014, 3:17 pm

Ewok, get yourself a good old Aussie made Cox ride on. They're a bit like a hilux, un breakable

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Post  Bosco15 on Thu 17 Apr 2014, 3:45 pm

@Kiwisteve wrote:Ewok, get yourself a good old Aussie made Cox ride on. They're a bit like a hilux, un breakable

Lmao. I think their name must have hit sales at least to some extent.
I hope you don't ride on Cox. Na mate, I've got a Husqvarna.

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