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    62D mowing deck question ?

    In the past I have along with a number of 62D owners have had issues with the cotter pins breaking where the tie rod connects with the lift arms. Parts 20, 10 and 19.
    Usually the problem is resolved with "beefier" cotter or other pins.
    I tried that this season to no avail. I keep breaking pins, and finding part 19 (tie rod) hanging down on one side.
    Last season when the issue first presented itself the cotter pin I think on the on the #20 part side went missing, and I found the tie rod part 19 bent up like a pretzel.
    Last week I noticed it hanging down again, I don't think it lasted 1.5 hours of lawn mowing. So I wanted to ask your thoughts about what I am thinking.

    It's still hard to pull together arms 10 and 20 to install the cotters in part 19. I used a bar clamp to pull the arms together so I could install the washers and outside cotter. So it must cause to much outward pressure on the cotters.
    Seems to me that part 19 should install easily, and spin freely when installed ?
    I'm thinking that last season when the cotter pin first broke it somehow bent the very end of part 10 or 20 outward. I wondering if trying to press (tweek) the arm(s) slightly inward would relieve the pressure on the cotters ? Are these steel that might bend with a press ?
    I guess I should remove the arms, and put them side by side to examine, and maybe post a photo.

    Of course these things need attention when you are the most pressed for time !
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    Something isnít right if you have to pry those arms together to get the pins in. With mine they are loose enough that they will almost touch if I want. Well maybe not that close but you know what I mean....

    Do you possibly have the arms) reversed?
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    No I don't think you could reverse them otherwise the hook would not engage the pin on the deck.
    I just seems odd that the arm(s) might be bent they are pretty stout.
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    The draft arms #10 and #20 should move nice and free, sideways. They are not reversible. I'm betting one or both are bent. #19 should most definitely install easily!

    I added washers to the tie rod and even the rear yokes to take up any play. IMO, the were too loose from the factory! As for cotter pins, that was another bad deal from JD. The factory pins were a joke! The only original factory pins I use are the ones that attach the draft arms to the frame brackets. I use hairpins everywhere else!
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    I wonder if I could "unbend" them while on the tractor ? That way i would know when to stop bending.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalltown View Post
    I wonder if I could "unbend" them while on the tractor ? That way i would know when to stop bending.
    I guess it depends on where they are originally bent wrong. If you pull on them with the front still attached they are going to bend right behind the attachment point.

    It would be nice if one of us were close enough to bring one over for you to compare yours to.
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    I will pull both of them from the tractor, and eye ball them closely. I'm guessing that each end of the arms where they attach to the tie rod should be parallel with the long part of he arm ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalltown View Post
    I will pull both of them from the tractor, and eye ball them closely. I'm guessing that each end of the arms where they attach to the tie rod should be parallel with the long part of he arm ?
    Yes.

    Once you have them off and laying on a bench it may be obvious.

    Maybe lay them out - take a measurement between the front mounting spots - just like they would be on the tractor. Then lay out the connecting rod. Hopefully like I said after doing that it is obvious.

    Check to be sure that the front mounts arenít bent also.
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    Lots of space on my 2720. I replaced the pins with fine thread bolts and nyloc jamnuts. I've considered changing out the long rod with a threaded rod, spacers and nuts too. I just had to replace a cotter on it that was about to let loose.

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    Nice idea there wj! Personally, I wrench on enough stuff already. I'd rather just pull pins to remove my draft arms!
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