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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Oologah, Indian Territory, USA...
Model: GL1800 Hot Rod Yellow
my son has a John Deere mower and will advise you highly against that.
he has spent more on repair parts for his, than it cost him when he bought it used, only a year old.
the new ones just don't hold up well.
one part of my mower's deck is a bolted on lower flat flange that is supposed to help keep the vacuum contained under the deck. it has not held up well with me hitting tree roots, it is folded back and down, catches grass bad.. it is on the discharge side of the mower deck.
I once broke the center spindle hitting a tree root, I was full speed ahead, and the center blade buried deep into a tree root and all came to a sudden stop.
it broke the spindle hub.... cost to replace was less than $30 IIRC, and it bolts on with 4 bolts to the deck. was an easy job.
all 4 of the wheel bolts just hang down, not worth a damn.... never depended on them for deck height anyway.
I once replaced the mower belt on top of the deck, the OEM belt let out a lot of smoke one time when a tree limb got lodged into it and stopped everything, the engine did not even slow down, but that belt sure got burned. didn't break it, but I ordered a new one anyway.
the worst problem has been Locust Thorns in the tires, we have been trying to cut down all of the thorn trees and burn them.
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