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    72” MMM Storage Wheels

    I picked up some HF wheels, shoulder Bushings, 5/8” threaded rod and assorted nuts and washers and here it is. Able to save space during storage, and do maintenance on both top and bottom sides! Total cost was about $60. Works for me!!

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    Joe, are those solid tires on those wheels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Joe, are those solid tires on those wheels?
    Yes they are solid.

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    It might be a dumb question, but I’ll ask anyways. Do you hang the deck from your bucket while installing and uninstalling the wheels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yank View Post
    It might be a dumb question, but I’ll ask anyways.[IMG class=inlineimg]http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/images/smilies/1/unknown.gif[/IMG] Do you hang the deck from your bucket while installing and uninstalling the wheels?
    With the deck sitting flat in the floor, I picked up the back end and set it on a jack stand. I then removed the two rear anti-scalp wheels and installed the storage axles and wheels. I then picked up the deck again and removed the jack stand. I then picked up the front end of the deck and stood it upright. Did not use the machine for lifting, just good old fashioned American muscle. Man that deck is heavy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomesteadJoe View Post
    With the deck sitting flat in the floor, I picked up the back end and set it on a jack stand. I then removed the two rear anti-scalp wheels and installed the storage axles and wheels. I then picked up the deck again and removed the jack stand. I then picked up the front end of the deck and stood it upright. Did not use the machine fir lifting, just good old fashioned American muscle. Man that deck is heavy!!!
    Well, this old gray haired fat guy is pretty impressed!! I would have had to use my tractor.


    Pretty impressed with your setup! What did you use to adjust for the 5/8" threaded rod to the ID of wheel mounting hole in the deck? And, what's the ID of the wheel mounting hole in your deck?

    I actually bought the "Mower Deck Axles" a few weeks ago. I haven't removed my deck yet so I haven't installed them, but I am pretty impressed with the quality of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    Well, this old gray haired fat guy is pretty impressed!! I would have had to use my tractor.


    Pretty impressed with your setup! What did you use to adjust for the 5/8" threaded rod to the ID of wheel mounting hole in the deck? And, what's the ID of the wheel mounting hole in your deck?

    I actually bought the "Mower Deck Axles" a few weeks ago. I haven't removed my deck yet so I haven't installed them, but I am pretty impressed with the quality of it.
    I picked up some shoulder Bushings to act as reducers.... 1" OD down to 5/8" ID. I did not know mower deck axles were available. Where did you get them from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomesteadJoe View Post
    I picked up some shoulder Bushings to act as reducers.... 1" OD down to 5/8" ID. I did not know mower deck axles were available. Where did you get them from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomesteadJoe View Post
    I picked up some shoulder Bushings to act as reducers.... 1" OD down to 5/8" ID. I did not know mower deck axles were available. Where did you get them from?

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    I plan on making a modification to this setup. I notice the load on the 5/8" threaded rod axle seems to be on the edge of it's maximum capability. I will be replacing the shoulder bushings with a 1" diameter steel tubing with .188" wall thickness. The 5/8" threaded rod axle will pass through the 1" tubing thereby greatly adding to its strength and capability. I may even change out the threaded rod for solid 5/8" rod with quick-pins. It is an evolutionary process.... But I am already satisfied with the results and the mods will only make it that much better (indestructible I hope!) I will post photos of the mods once they are made.

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    THANKS, Stan, for posting the link!!

    Theirs are turned, steel shafts. Pretty nice quality!!
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    Here's a pic with the wheels on so you can see how tightly the wheel fits against the shoulder and the hole for the retaining pin.
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    The holes in my 7-Iron 60" MMM are 1.25". The cost for the wheel kit, including shipping, was $155. Some of the kits are less expensive for the smaller axles. So, quite a bit more than what you have invested in yours, but it should be "plug-n-play". If my fabrication skills were better and I had a better equipped shop, especially for doing metal work, I might have gone the same route you did.

    I did take a look at doing it myself but was trying to go a more complicated way than you. I was looking at DOM tubing with a 1.25" OD and then sticking another piece of DOM with a 5/8" ID inside it. Found some tubing that fit the bill. But, by the time I priced the tubing, the threaded rod, wheels, etc., I was at somewhere around $110. Factor in the time that it would take me to measure, drill (without a decent drillpress, so by hand), source the parts, run to the hardware store for all the little stuff like washers, retaining pins, etc., not to mention that there was no real guarantee that it would work as well as the one from Mower Deck Axle Co., I decided to spend the extra $45 and just order it.

    Your idea of using the shoulder bearings was great!! And simple (which is what makes it so great!)!! That's (a small) part of why I like this board so much - so many SUPER SMART FOLKS with lots of great ideas!!
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