Yesterday I was moving around my ballast box in the driveway (had some pallets and the forks were coming in handy) and heard this mound snapping/popping sound.
Looked at the back of the machine and everything seemed fine, then I went to raise my rockshaft and notice my mower deck wouldn’t move!
Apparently the snap ring (40) failed by sliding off the shaft allowing the arm connected to the rockshaft to come loose sheering the fastener attaching it to the lift arm.
I went to my Dealer and they didn’t have any snap rings for any 10.9 hardness M8x30 bolts. Needless to say I was peeved. I have 30.2 hours on my machine. Ended up sourcing a fastener elsewhere and reusing the snap ring to put everything back together.
Have others with the Gen II 2025 experienced the same failure? Our rockshaft setup is IDENTICAL to the 1025R and 1026R. After some research I found out my 655 is like all other Deere (and the 2032R as well as GEN I 2025R, Gen II 2038R) and uses a BOLT and a WASHER in lieu of a stupid snap ring setup.
Thinking my two options are get rid of the machine so it won’t happen again or remove the rockshaft lift shaft (10) and drill and tap it to replicate how the 2032R is put together.
Sorry for the long post - saying I’m irritated is an understatement. In 33 years my 655 has never failed, my 30.2 hour 2025R had a hiccup to an infinitely stupid band under-engineered design.
Interested to hear what others 1025R and Gen II 2025R folks have had.
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