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    Cracked Deck Spindle: 54" mmm on 1025r

    I caught a tree stump last week, and bent a blade on my 54" mmm. Had new blades ordered, and put them on. The right blade still wasn't level. It was about a half inch higher than the middle blade when I would spin the blades around to see if they align. It is also off on various locations as you measure its height compared to the other two. The middle and left blades are consistently at the same height.

    So, I took the deck off and took apart the right spindle. Found a crack in it. The bearings and shaft in the middle seem straight, and it doesn't vibrate, but I am replacing it due to the crack. Hopefully that is the leveling issue.




    This is an image of how the right and middle blade align. Better now that I took it apart and re assembled, but still off.

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    Good find. It wouldn't take much of an angle change at the spindle to show a leveling issue at the tip of the blade.
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    Hopefully the deck itself isn't bent!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray_PA View Post
    Hopefully the deck itself isn't bent!!
    If catching a blade on a stump (didn't even hit the deck itself) is enough to bend these decks, then somebody needs to go back to the drawing board!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwise.157 View Post
    If catching a blade on a stump (didn't even hit the deck itself) is enough to bend these decks, then somebody needs to go back to the drawing board!
    I agree these decks are not as heavy as people think. I had a simplicity with a 60 inch deck that weighed about 125 more pounds it was on a 4041.

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    Good eye catching that Crack, it would have likely gotten worse, hopefully it doesn't set you back too much. I wouldn't worry too much about the deck being bent unless it looked visibly warped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJgrn78 View Post
    Good eye catching that Crack, it would have likely gotten worse, hopefully it doesn't set you back too much. I wouldn't worry too much about the deck being bent unless it looked visibly warped.
    It is around $50 for a replacement spindle, so not too bad. Just need to shop around for the best price!

    If the deck is bent, I can't see it. It sure looks straight to me.

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    What kind of blades are those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hershmeister View Post
    What kind of blades are those?
    Predator2 blades. Bought off eBay.

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    I straightened a neighbors Simplicity deck by putting a long bar in the spindle bearings and bending the sheet metal back into position. I kept bending until the blades all lined up and ran straight. She had hit a stake or pipe in the yard while mowing. You may have to do the same after you fix the broken items. Good luck.
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