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    Mower Rebuild

    Well while you all northerners are still diggin out of the snow I decided it was time to start my winter mower maintenance project. I'll be mowin grass while ya'll are still trying to find yours.

    I got this 60" Befco several years ago for $400. I put new seals in the gearcase when I bought it. Last year I put new universals in the PTO shaft. Now I am putting in some new spindle bearings.

    There are some minor rust spots on the deck so she is gonna get some new paint while I am at it.

    Sure was nice working in the shop in a short sleve t-shirt....
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    Taking the easy way is what makes rivers and men crooked.

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    Looks like a nice winter project

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    Well I ordered the necessary parts. It was starting to howl a bit so I figured the bearings might be going. While checking the blades the right side blade had some "play" in it so I figured it was part of the problem.

    When I got it apart, the lower bearing in the right spindle was a little loose and I noticed a couple fractures in the bearing....

    I had to use a gear puller to remove the pulley's from both the left and right sides. When I removed the center pulley nut, the pulley had some very noticable slop and came right off with no effort. The keyway was also elongated..... The shaft also had signs of wear. I tested the center pulley on one of the other shafts and it had play and I tested the center shaft with one of the other pulleys and it also had play so the center shaft and pulley are getting replaced.

    I ordered new bearings (top & bottom) as well as a new shaft and center pulley. While I was at it I decided that a new set of blades was in order as well. $420...

    I received the parts the end of last week and had a chance over the weekend to check them out. First thing I noticed was the new shaft was different.... a 1/4" longer at the blade end.

    After an exchange of e-mails with the dealer, and the dealer working with the manufacturer, we were able to determine the correct part number for the older style shaft. Whew! At $75 each I was glad to not have to replace all three.

    The new shaft should be there this Friday when I get home. Now all I need is some decent weather to do some painting and I can start re-assembling the mower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    Sure was nice working in the shop in a short sleve t-shirt....
    I'd rather see Farmgirl in her tank top!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    I'd rather see Farmgirl in her tank top!
    I agree, especially if she is working on my mower deck!
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    Taking the easy way is what makes rivers and men crooked.

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    When I got home from my road trip the correct spindle was waiting for me at the shop.

    I got the small rust spots sanded down and primered last weekend while the weather was good. The temps are dropping and it is raining so I'll have to wait for some better weather to paint. For the mean time I can start re-assembling the spindles.

    Someone suggested that I have the deck Rhino Lined / LineX'ed. That would certianly be more durable than paint. Has anyone ever seen a mower deck done with a spray on bedliner?
    Taking the easy way is what makes rivers and men crooked.

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    Got a nice day to play outside. Got to test out my new hooks...

    And since the grass is growning, I better get this thing ready.

    A couple hours quality time with the grinder and a good coat of primer and she is ready for the final coat.

    Thanks to my new FEL and Kenny's hooks, the deck is in the back of the van and I'll drop it off at the shop tomorrow.

    Decided to Line-X the top of the deck. While that is being done I will get the spindle housings painted and get the spindles back togeather.

    Now, What color do I have the deck done in....... Too bad that shipment of green paint has been delayed.....
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    Wouldn't the Line-X be better applied to bare metal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Wouldn't the Line-X be better applied to bare metal?
    Not sure. The shop was closed on Sat or I would have called and ask. I know some coatings they recommend a primer on metal and others it doesn't matter.

    Figured I would get a coat of primer on just to protect the metal. He can take the primer off pretty easy if he wants it bare.

    He will run his sander over it to skuff it before shooting the Line-X.

    I'll let you know this afternoon...

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    I would think Line-x would be good over paint or primer as it is used as an undercoat.
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