2013 1023e (with 230 hours)- Had engaged my 60D deck (with mulch conversion) drive hundreds of times at full RPM, usually around 2500-2800 RPM, this time apparently was plugged with grass and sheared the quick-disconnect end u-joint. I have a AutoConnect PTO Driveshaft -- LVB26045 and it sells for $518.00, and the dealer stated the replacement parts are not sold separately. He also stated their records showed no one else had purchased a replacement shaft from their department, and it was "rare" it went out.
Cross referencing the best I could figured the two piece (quick disconnect end) part was interchangeable and it was on the BLV10610 shaft purchased for about $200.00, and was quickly back to cutting a few days later.
Had previously read about engaging the clutch at high RPMs and owners stated they did not have any troubles, but have changed to engaging clutch at lower RPMs and increasing to operating speeds, as well as ensuring the deck is raised up and it is not plugged with grass when shut off.
My question is:
Can I buy replacement u-joints for the 60D Driveshaft, or send it in to get repaired?