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    1026R Autoconnect issues.

    Just traded my 2305 for a 1026R. Seems like they were listening to my wishlist. The salesman talked me into the autoconnect deck, I wasn't too crazy about the idea after reading about some problems people were having. Anyway I am having problems, the latch doesnt want to lock without a little persuasion from a small mallet. It seems there is a plastic bushing on the pins that fit into the latch on the deck, and the bushing doesnt allow the latch to snap into place. I have even greased the bushings and the latches. I have watched a the videos on youtube, both from Deere and from owners, and it looks like it a snaps into place, is anybody else having this problem.
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    Hello John and welcome to DT

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnh View Post
    Just traded my 2305 for a 1026R. Seems like they were listening to my wishlist. The salesman talked me into the autoconnect deck, I wasn't too crazy about the idea after reading about some problems people were having. Anyway I am having problems, the latch doesnt want to lock without a little persuasion from a small mallet. It seems there is a plastic bushing on the pins that fit into the latch on the deck, and the bushing doesnt allow the latch to snap into place. I have even greased the bushings and the latches. I have watched a the videos on youtube, both from Deere and from owners, and it looks like it a snaps into place, is anybody else having this problem.
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    As noted in my earlier posts (and shown in a video), the heavier gauge spring does it... as well as "speed-up" a bit right at point of contact with the latch... to snap it into place. Mine works great now... makes a belly mower functional, due to being able to get it off and on easily.. would not have a belly mower without the autoconnect...

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    Thanks for the info guys, I'll see what I can do.

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    Adding a thicker washer between the locking mechanism and the deck as "Jrs1959" suggested did the trick. It's a shame Deere couldnt have taken care of this before they start selling them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnh View Post
    It's a shame Deere couldnt have taken care of this before they start selling them.
    John, my guess is that the the problem showed up after it went into production. I am willing to bet that they are taking care of it as we speak. Glad you got yours all squared away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnh View Post
    Adding a thicker washer between the locking mechanism and the deck as "Jrs1959" suggested did the trick. It's a shame Deere couldnt have taken care of this before they start selling them.
    Glad that did the trick....just takes a little friction off the poor dimensions of the locking rod! Enjoy!
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    Gents,

    I read the posts and implemented both the washer, grease and stiffer spring changes to the rear latch. While friction was reduced, I found my culprit elsewhere. If you look at the 60D deck, the spring that lifts the front draft bars, it pulls the draft bars to one side. This results in the front tractor frame being out of alignment with the draft bars as one side contacts the tractor frame first, then pushes the deck/tractor out of alignment. I always got one side of the rear latch contacting fine while the other side had as much as a 3/8" gap causing me to get into a tug-of-war with the latches/mower.

    My fix was to put an electrical tie wrap on rear end of the front draft bar lifting spring, and using the nearby spring latch hard point (there are two) to anchor the tie wrap to, I forced the spring into alignment to cause it to pull/lift the draft bars evenly and directly to the rear of the mower deck, thereby maintaining mower/tractor alignment. It worked like a charm. This then allowed me to return the rear latch spring to its original fit, lower tension spring. The result is that I can now latch the mower deck on a HARD LEVEL SURFACE every time. I also found the adjustment of the two nuts on the front draft bar to be critical to alignment and had to play with it to get it aligned evenly and latching smoothly.

    The final check of those adjusters that worked best for me was the front to rear mower blade height alignment procedure in the mower manual.

    Good luck with it. In the end, its a set-up issue.

    G

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    Quote Originally Posted by gngyoung View Post
    Gents,

    I read the posts and implemented both the washer, grease and stiffer spring changes to the rear latch. While friction was reduced, I found my culprit elsewhere. If you look at the 60D deck, the spring that lifts the front draft bars, it pulls the draft bars to one side. This results in the front tractor frame being out of alignment with the draft bars as one side contacts the tractor frame first, then pushes the deck/tractor out of alignment. I always got one side of the rear latch contacting fine while the other side had as much as a 3/8" gap causing me to get into a tug-of-war with the latches/mower.

    My fix was to put an electrical tie wrap on rear end of the front draft bar lifting spring, and using the nearby spring latch hard point (there are two) to anchor the tie wrap to, I forced the spring into alignment to cause it to pull/lift the draft bars evenly and directly to the rear of the mower deck, thereby maintaining mower/tractor alignment. It worked like a charm. This then allowed me to return the rear latch spring to its original fit, lower tension spring. The result is that I can now latch the mower deck on a HARD LEVEL SURFACE every time. I also found the adjustment of the two nuts on the front draft bar to be critical to alignment and had to play with it to get it aligned evenly and latching smoothly.

    The final check of those adjusters that worked best for me was the front to rear mower blade height alignment procedure in the mower manual.

    Good luck with it. In the end, its a set-up issue.

    G
    Very nice write-up, can we convince you to post a pic of the fix? It would be a big help.
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    Hello all!

    I'm new to the forum, been lurking for a while, finally decided to become a member.

    Thanks to you, I purchased a 1026R.

    I was anticipating the auto-connect issue with the deck. The dealer wasn't as knowledgeable with the problem, but did point out that the connecting problem was only with the linkage, not the auto-connect PTO shaft. So I purchased the auto-connect option. We tried out the connect/ disconnect on the lot and was fairly successful. However when I received my new tractor, the deck came off as advertised, but the reattaching portion was an hour long headache. So I brought it into the garage for some quality 1 on 1 time. The locking latch rod was binding and a few washers as suggested fixed this. I then adjusted the front draft linkage as it seemed too short to allow the rear latches to move all the way to the front/lock position. I found the front linkage was moving off to the side as I had earlier read. Installed the zip tie to re-align the front linkage. I still had little luck getting the deck to lock on. What gives? I cracked open a cold one and studied the mechanism while rolling the tractor back and forth in neutral. The locking bar in the rear still didn't want to lock. I filed the edge of the latches that come in contact (forward facing on the deck) with the lifting linkage. After the burrs from the factory stamping were cleaned off, my success rate has increased to roughly 75%. I figure after a few hours of operation, everything will wear-in and loosen up a bit and my success rate should improve. The latching rod isn't real easy to unlock to remove the deck. It still has some "sticktion". Is yours easy?

    I don't have the manual (the Dealer has ordered it) and it's not available online at deere. What is the front to rear leveling procedure? Maybe doing this will completely correct my issue.

    Thanks for your input
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