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    Alignment of Tractor With Auto Connect Deck

    Anyone have any tips on getting the tractor in line with the deck so the pins on the tractor line up with the receiver slots on the deck?

    When I did my first deck removal, it was a piece of cake to reverse the process and reattach. That was because the tractor only moved back and forth with no side to side movement. I immediately remounted the deck after un-mounting it, so the tractor only moved back and forth. Lately, when driving up to the unmounted deck, I have no problem aligning the left front tire with the 1/2" rod by the drive over bracket, but that does not necessarily mean the rear of the tractor is dead on perpendicular to the deck. If the rear of the tractor is an inch or 2 too far left or right, the pins on the tractor won't be aligned with the slots in the deck, making a retry necessary which means trial and error jockeying to get the tractor into correct alignment on the subsequent attempts. Took 3 attempts last night to get a connection.
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    Use that silver thing on the front of your hood to aim between the front bracket arms. Make sure you give yourself enough room to approach so that you straighten out relative to the deck. It helps to have a good sense of "straight" and "not straight." If it doesn't feel straight, backup and reorient. Eventually it will be second nature.

    Also, make sure the tires are evenly spaced relative to the ramps, and, as you said, the guide rod.

    I never think I'm aligned well enough for the PTO shaft to find that small opening in the autoconnector, but somehow it always does.
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    Yes it does take some talent to get it right the first time. But still the best thing out there. I have more issue with the height at the rear engaginging the slot. Seems the carrier does not drop down low enough to cleanly engage. I have the separate hydraulic cylinder and that has it's issue of not dropping with out the weight of the deck. I will be modifying my hydraulics to duel action, (hydraulics up and down) since the cylinder needs replacement anyway.

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    Thanks mike01. Sounds like an easy solution!

    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    Use that silver thing on the front of your hood to aim between the front bracket arms. Make sure you give yourself enough room to approach so that you straighten out relative to the deck. It helps to have a good sense of "straight" and "not straight." If it doesn't feel straight, backup and reorient. Eventually it will be second nature.

    Also, make sure the tires are evenly spaced relative to the ramps, and, as you said, the guide rod.

    I never think I'm aligned well enough for the PTO shaft to find that small opening in the autoconnector, but somehow it always does.
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    "Auto-connect" is a misnomer

    It should be "auto-connect-after-climbing-down-to-make-sure-the-two-pieces-are correctly-aligned", but that wouldn't work in the advertising.

    I drive the tractor over the deck when re-attaching and stop just short of attachment and then climb down to make sure that the male and female parts are aligned (there is a lot of that in life, when you think about it). There is always a little bit of play in the female end (again!) and I can make sure that the alignment is correct before getting back in the driver's seat and gunning it to finish the job (metaphors all over the place).

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    Quote Originally Posted by drynoc View Post
    It should be "auto-connect-after-climbing-down-to-make-sure-the-two-pieces-are correctly-aligned", but that wouldn't work in the advertising.

    I drive the tractor over the deck when re-attaching and stop just short of attachment and then climb down to make sure that the male and female parts are aligned (there is a lot of that in life, when you think about it). There is always a little bit of play in the female end (again!) and I can make sure that the alignment is correct before getting back in the driver's seat and gunning it to finish the job (metaphors all over the place).
    I used to do that with x758, but for some reason the 1025r has always connected for me out of like 25 times doing it now.
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    The only time stuff hasn't lined up properly for me was most recently, when I had the clogged orifice in the hydraulic line. (side note, did you check that, genesusie?) otherwise, just get a good straight run at the deck mfwd engaged, low gear, make sure both front tires contact at the same time, and it's peachy.
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    I guess I have been lucky, I haven't had a problem either way. Connect and disconnect works​ as advertised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clgberg View Post
    Anyone have any tips on getting the tractor in line with the deck so the pins on the tractor line up with the receiver slots on the deck?

    When I did my first deck removal, it was a piece of cake to reverse the process and reattach. That was because the tractor only moved back and forth with no side to side movement. I immediately remounted the deck after un-mounting it, so the tractor only moved back and forth. Lately, when driving up to the unmounted deck, I have no problem aligning the left front tire with the 1/2" rod by the drive over bracket, but that does not necessarily mean the rear of the tractor is dead on perpendicular to the deck. If the rear of the tractor is an inch or 2 too far left or right, the pins on the tractor won't be aligned with the slots in the deck, making a retry necessary which means trial and error jockeying to get the tractor into correct alignment on the subsequent attempts. Took 3 attempts last night to get a connection.
    Not sure how to help you "get straight" other than I think you'll get the hang of it. I can give you this tip, when disconnecting make sure you are on level ground. When you drop the deck to the ground the rear attachment latch should flip easy, if it doesn't you are not on level ground. Everything else wil come into place with practice


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    Quote Originally Posted by drynoc View Post
    It should be "auto-connect-after-climbing-down-to-make-sure-the-two-pieces-are correctly-aligned", but that wouldn't work in the advertising.

    I drive the tractor over the deck when re-attaching and stop just short of attachment and then climb down to make sure that the male and female parts are aligned (there is a lot of that in life, when you think about it). There is always a little bit of play in the female end (again!) and I can make sure that the alignment is correct before getting back in the driver's seat and gunning it to finish the job (metaphors all over the place).
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