I have a two year old 1025R that I had purchased brand new. Unfortunately, when I was using my RC2048 rotary cutter the other day on some weeds, I heard a horrible sound and immediately shut everything down. My autoconnect PTO and other parts had broken off and were under the rotary cutter! From what I can tell (see attached pictures), the PTO shaft must have broken and caused the whole thing to fall down. I did not have the mower deck on at the time, and had everything for the mower lift arms in the locked position. I've always kept everything greased and start the PTO with the RPMs all the way down.
Since I'm one year out of warranty, I'm debating if it's even worth it to take it to the dealer to have them contact John Deere to see if they could do anything. It looks like it's around $700 in parts for the tractor mounted autoconnect parts. I talked to the dealer and they said I have to bring the whole tractor in so they could photograph it to show John Deere (not just the mangled parts).
I'm wondering if I could buy someone's mechanical lift parts that had converted to autoconnect for significantly less money. Anyone have those parts lying around?
What are your thoughts?