Sigh...... So the second time I mowed my yard, which is roughly 1 1/4 acres of grass.... I noticed a 'very slight'.... and I do mean subtle, 'Clatter' when I turned the PTO off. I didn't think much of it as it was VERY minimal. Probably made the sound of 2 seconds after shutting the PTO off.
Got out the 1025R yesterday (my 3rd mowing) and mowed about half of my lawn when all-of-a-sudden, I hear this Gawd Awful metal sounding clatter under the mower deck. I immediately turned the PTO off and the sound disappeared.
I turned the PTO back on and 'boom'.... the metallic clatter instantly started again.
I then turned it back of and on quickly... and same thing, so I turned off the PTO and drove my new, unusable tractor back into my polebarn.
Walked up the hill to the neighbors house and borrowed his 1026R and finished the job.
I did look under the tractor at the 'auto-connect' mechanism and the driveshaft and it appeared to me that everything was 'in-line' from a visual inspection. But, then again, I don't know much about it.
I did read another post about making sure that the deck and the tractor were in alignment when you installed the mid mount auto connect mower.
Thing is: My tractor was delivered to me with the mower already installed, and I have not taken it off since delivery. So, any screw-up is on them, not me.
Any ideas what might have gone wrong? I am calling the dealer tomorrow morning and having them come pick it up. I am not so sure about JD's quality control.... first, it's panels that fit about as well as a 1975 Chevy... which cannot be adjusted to anything close to visual acceptability... and now the mower goes to heck on the 3rd mowing. I am trying to remain calm, but must admit I am a bit frustrated. I want to be a proud owner and enjoy my purchase... bottom line.
Also: Just an observation.... but I think both the 54" Auto Connect and the 60" Auto Connect decks cut grass poorly. After cutting with mine... and finishing with my neighbors 54" deck... there is a LOT of grass strands that stick up all over the yard like the decks sort of 'blew the grass down' and didn't 'lift and cut'.... reminded me of the bad haircuts I got from my mom as a kid. My John Deere X340 54" deck cut far better.
I will say, that when I was looking at sub-compact tractors, the Kubota Dealer said that he questioned the 'auto-connect' system of JD.... said that the PTO Shaft used half as many 'splines' as the Kubota. He wasn't sure if that allowed for some 'slop' or 'wiggle room' when the driving over the mower to connect the deck to the tractor or what.... Kubota has a auto connect function, but it seems very clunky and much more difficult to use than JD's. Almost like an engineering after-thought. But, they do use more splines on the PTO shaft which would seem to my simple mind to make for a more secure connection??
Curious what thoughts you all might have on what went haywire with the mowing deck??? Thanks.