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    Tip for 1025R owners with auto-connect decks.

    I've seen several you-tube videos showing how to use the auto-connect deck and some recommended doing it in the grass so the deck wouldn't slide like it does on cement or blocktop. Well, I want to do mine in my shop where there is concrete. I own a Home Improvement company and we sell entrance doors. They come with a sheet of cardboard on each side of the door. I took that cardboard and layed it flat on the concrete and drove the tractor on top of it, lowered the deck with the cardboard under it and then proceeded to drive off of the deck and it never moved and then I drove back over it to connect it and it stayed right in place. The nice thing about doing it on a flat surface like black-top or concrete is that the auto-connect portion will always be in the correct height to line up correctly. I saw one video where the guy was doing it in the yard and he just kept banging it back and forth trying to get it to connect. When I was originally adjusting the auto-connect portion, I could actually roll the tractor ahead by hand and get it click nice and easy. A grass surface could be uneven and not allow a perfect alignment. So if you have had issues with your deck sliding when you drive on or off of it on a hard surface, try putting a piece of cardboard under the deck and make sure you are in 4 wheel drive-low range. It is smooth as glass!!!

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    Cardboard sounds like a good idea, anything that provides a bit of traction to the deck/ground. I'm using pieces of coi pond liner (rubber). My problem is finding a flat enough surface to do the deck final adjustments and tuning. Even my shop/garage floor is slanted in 2 different directions to a drain and the blacktop outside looks like Lake Erie during a storm...
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    I've never really had an issue with the deck sliding on concrete when trying to attach it. Guess I've lucked out so far
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    Carpet

    I'm thinking a piece of carpet may work also...I have several laying around my garage...I am concerned of slipping on cement, I haven't tried the connect disconnect yet...
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    Just don't do like me! The very first time I connected the deck I had a large piece of cardboard under the deck, drove ov er it and made the connection, checked e verything and it looked good. So now I was curious if the deck was going to be loud, so I hit the PTO switch with the deck still laying directly on the cardboard with the 4 corner wheels still all the way up. At that point there was a shower of cardboard coming out of the chute. Thankfully, it was one big piece of cardboard and it just sucked it upwards and started cutting a circle with the center blade. At that point my underwear was full and the shop was covered with brown cardboard pieces. Not one of my brighter moments!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1025RGardner View Post
    Just don't do like me! The very first time I connected the deck I had a large piece of cardboard under the deck, drove ov er it and made the connection, checked e verything and it looked good. So now I was curious if the deck was going to be loud, so I hit the PTO switch with the deck still laying directly on the cardboard with the 4 corner wheels still all the way up. At that point there was a shower of cardboard coming out of the chute. Thankfully, it was one big piece of cardboard and it just sucked it upwards and started cutting a circle with the center blade. At that point my underwear was full and the shop was covered with brown cardboard pieces. Not one of my brighter moments!!!


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    I too have had good luck connecting and disconnecting on the floor of my shop. Lucky me me I guess.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1025RGardner View Post
    Just don't do like me! The very first time I connected the deck I had a large piece of cardboard under the deck, drove ov er it and made the connection, checked e verything and it looked good. So now I was curious if the deck was going to be loud, so I hit the PTO switch with the deck still laying directly on the cardboard with the 4 corner wheels still all the way up. At that point there was a shower of cardboard coming out of the chute. Thankfully, it was one big piece of cardboard and it just sucked it upwards and started cutting a circle with the center blade. At that point my underwear was full and the shop was covered with brown cardboard pieces. Not one of my brighter moments!!!
    Well I guess if the standard by which a knife is judged sharp is to cut a piece of paper than I don't see why cardboard would not be a good analog to test the sharpness of mower blades.
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    Cool

    Guys,

    My 60D sets in the John Deere room directly on a VCT tile floor. The floor has even been waxed. I am able to drive over the deck and hook it up without dragging it forward provided the tractor is properly aligned. I suspect all dragging issues are associated with improper alignment and/or setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Guys,

    My 60D sets in the John Deere room directly on a VCT tile floor. The floor has even been waxed. I am able to drive over the deck and hook it up without dragging it forward provided the tractor is properly aligned. I suspect all dragging issues are associated with improper alignment and/or setup.
    I agree. I have a smooth cement floor which is almost always very slick with sand, but have never had the deck try to slide on me. I can easily slide the deck forward with my hand but the tractor climbs right over no problem. Aside from improper adjustment/alignment, could problems be tire related? I have R4's and they climb fine. Do the people who have trouble have R3's?

    Just a thought as this seems odd to me. Maybe someone who has a sliding deck could post a video of it sliding away so that we can see what is causing the slide.


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