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    54D Mower Attachment Questions

    Hi Everyone,

    First off - disclaimer - I am still fairly new to this site and my SCUT (about one year of playing with this awesome machine) so my apologies if this question is already answered (I am not up to date on all of the lingo and my search terms are probably excluding things...thanks in advance for patience!

    So, I have a 2016 1023e which I bought with only the H120 loaded. I have now decided I want the 54D belly mower so I can stop pushing my little one around. As I was skimming the online adds before hitting the dealer to put an order in at full price I found a great 54D which is brand new (2017) for a great price but the seller said it doesn't come with the mounting attachments for the tractor.

    I already know that I want the mechanical lift and I am impartial to the auto connect PTO or not so let's say for now I'm going to go with manual (tractor definitely doesn't have the auto setup).

    My question, being that I have only seen these things in youtube videos and at the dealer, is what mechanical attachments do I need to use this deck and can I buy them not bundled with the deck itself? Through skimming online I am seeing BLV1036,7,8 part numbers for what look like brackets - I wasn't sure if these would be included with the purchase of the deck if I bought it new from the dealer or are always separate. I attached an undershot of my machine and a front shot to see if any of these are there, I'm not seeing anything making me think I need to buy these 3 parts and install them prior to the deck being usable. I would appreciate any confirmation or adjustments to my current thoughts. I do see these parts online but having an exploded view or seeing where they go on the machine would be helpful. Also curious how hard to get these bolted on - I would consider myself fairly handy and work on older machine all the time.

    Thanks a lot for any help - basically I'm wondering if it makes sense to buy the new cheap deck from a private seller then piece these parts together or just get it all from the dealer, i.e. if the price on one of the online retailers or my dealer came with all of these parts the 'deal' may not be so good.
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    It will be interesting to see what the experts here have to say...

    I'm very curious as to the prices of setting up a mower "after purchase" Vs. "at time of purchase".... I would think buying "parts" to make if fit is going to cost more.

    I understand that not everyone wants to, or can, finance everything at one time..... I put off buying more implements with the tractor purchase and then regretted not doing it.. That 0% money was nice

    You are not alone in your questions.
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    I was in the same boat a little over a year ago and found a 54d on Craigslist for a very good price and I called the guy and he finally agreed to take the hardware off his machine. It is the manual connect pto but it only takes a few minutes to connect so not a big deal. Got it all for under $1k and it had very little use. Not sure if there is kit you can buy but at one point I had started adding up the piece parts and gave up when I was north of $350 and I was not close to the complete list.

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    You'll need BLV10736, BLV10737, and BLV10738 like you stated above. Total they'll run you a little over $500.

    If the deck is not AutoConnect you won't need the extra AutoConnect parts not listed.
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    Thanks for the input everyone!

    Yes my thought is that if I have to spend 500 on these other bracket/mounting parts my 'deal' is not so hot after all. Does anyone know if that group of 3 parts comes with the deck if you buy if from the dealer or some of the online sites? If those don't come with them then this may be worth looking into.

    Has anyone done the install themselves? Challenging or pretty straightforward if so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDjon83 View Post
    Thanks for the input everyone!

    Yes my thought is that if I have to spend 500 on these other bracket/mounting parts my 'deal' is not so hot after all. Does anyone know if that group of 3 parts comes with the deck if you buy if from the dealer or some of the online sites? If those don't come with them then this may be worth looking into.

    Has anyone done the install themselves? Challenging or pretty straightforward if so?
    When I purchased my tractors, the 54 Autoconnect deck was $1974.49 and it included all the mounting hardware and the Independent Lift option. Now, I do believe that price reflected some additional promo discount when purchasing two or more attachments with a new tractor.

    I went down the same road as SmallJob and looked at a deck offered by a private party that did not include the mounting hardware. By the time I added all that up, it was more cost effective to purchase a new deck.

    If you have some mechanical aptitude and some basic hand tools, you can install the deck yourself. I would recommend you do so as many dealers either have "flunkies" doing this or rush through it and fail to properly adjust it. You'll need a mower blade height gauge, which the dealer sells or Green Farm Parts, a forum sponsor, will 'throw-in' with an order over $200 (coupon code "GAUGE"). You'll get a 12% forum member discount if you specify "GTT" in the promo/coupon box. also.

    In addition, I'd recommend you add 3/8 fine thread nuts to the threaded height adjustment rods on each side, to serve as jam nuts against the rod forks. This will prevent the height adjustment from being upset if you have to remove the mower lift arm. In snow country, this has to be removed to install the front PTO driveshaft for a snow blower.

    Also, checkout the thread in the "stickies" about setting up and adjusting a mower deck.

    I've attached the installation instructions for your reference.
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    Also, the bolts supplied in the front attachment support kit may not be long enough, as you have the loader grille guard. They're metric. So check that before you get into it as you may have to make trip for longer bolts.
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    Here is the info from my invoice purchased December 2017. The 1000 number and the 2001 are sales code numbers and can contain multiple parts

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    JOHN DEERE 54D In. Mid-Mount Side Discharge Mower (1 Family Tractors)
    Code Description Qty Unit Extended
    5315M 54D In. Mid-Mount Side Discharge
    Mower (1 Family Tractors)
    1 $ 1,797.00

    1000 Attaching Parts (Mechanical Mower
    Lift)$ 182.00
    2001 Auto PTO Coupler $ 252.00

    Standard Options Total $ 434.00
    Other Charges
    Freight $ 90.06
    Setup $ 180.00
    Other Charges Total $ 270.06
    Suggested Price $ 2,501.06

    Customer Discounts Total $ -451.06
    Total Selling Price $ 2,050.00
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    I'm only going to give one piece of advice. The auto connect is the dream. No busted knuckles, no crawling on the ground like a reptile. Do whatever is necessary, to get the auto connect. You'll thank me later. No reason not to have the auto connect, this is the 21st century.
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    Thanks Martincom - super helpful write-up and documents. I can definitely tackle that install great to see the documents and the tips on the hardware will be super valuable!!! Also thanks for the coupon codes, if I don't buy from the dealer I will order online and this helps a lot! I'll check that sticky post too.

    I'm likely these prices around 2K certainly better than what I first found (I like that 'customer discount' tractordude got)! I wish I bought all of the implements with the 0% up front too would have been smart in the long run.

    I have heard the comment on the autoconnect from many people...that being said I am sure it would be a wise choice. Is that just an option you select when buying the deck or is there another part you need to mount on the machine to mate with it (that's what it looked like to me when I was poking around).

    You guys are great this info is awesome!
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