I wish I noticed this when I bought the tractor, because he had other mower decks I could have taken rather than this one that was already attached to the machine. Too late now.
On my 1026R's 60D mower, the steel slots the auto connect draft arms hook onto are extremely worn out and oversized now. Both front and back, the slots are worn out and over sized enough that the draft arms just slip right out past the locking mechanisms. The draft arms on the tractor have matching wear, where the round arms have squared off sides from the rubbing, which contribute to everything falling off or not attaching. I've got a chain wrapped around the front to hold it in place. And in the back I have to put pins into the locking latches to hold them up higher. It barely hangs on, and without all that it just falls right off. The wear also makes it so I cannot raise the deck as high, and makes it a chore to level.
I'm guessing the idiot mowed with the deck rolling on the gauge wheels instead of suspended by the draft arms. That would make the deck constantly move on the arms causing all this wear. The gauge wheels are pretty ragged too, which supports this theory. He mowed a tree farm with it. So a LOT of rolling on the ground like a dumbass.
I'm thinking I can get a welder to fix this mess up. I need to make a cardboard template/trace of what these slots SHOULD look like off a 60D that is not all screwed up. I do not have a spare 60D hanging around. So I think I need to go to the dealer and find one there to trace. Or if someone here has one that wants to make a trace, scan it, and email it?
- Use the template to trace on plate of steel what it should look like
- Cut a new piece of steel with the correct slot sizes and to fit over the existing surfaces
- Weld the plate up onto the existing plate, probably on the outsides, in a manner that doesn't get in the way of the latches
- Weld bead onto the draft arms to fill in where the arms are worn out
Do you guys think this will work? Or have another suggestion (other than buying a whole new 60D and new draft arms)?