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Man, I have some kinda streak goin' here that is not to be envied.. Yesterday I mowed with my brand new 1023 for the 1st time.. When I was nearly done, I was making a pass and happened to look down to see a nut shining in the grass as I went by.. Stopped, picked it up, crawled around the tractor to see if I could find what it was from. Didn't see anything... Finished mowing, cleaned up and put the tractor back in the barn. Went to take the deck off.. And the dang thing wouldn't go down.. What the heck?!.. Crawled around, poked and prodded, moved levers and played around with everything I could think of.. Nothin'.. Finally had my head up the tractors rear end trying to see all of the linkages and there it was.. (sorry I don't know all of the proper names for parts so I'll try to describe it).. The arm that pushes forward and pulls pack as you raise and lower the deck had completely come off, and the bolt that holds it on was just barely hanging on.. The nut I found had backed itself out until it fell off.. Couldn't find the washer and figured it was out in the yard somewhere.. Luckily I found it later on top of the deck itself when I finally got it lowered to the floor so I could back off of it.. Now this was an easy fix by simply just putting it back on but geezzuss.. Between this nut and bolt falling off and having to completely readjust the hood so it closes properly.. I am really questioning JD's quality control at that Georgia plant.. Ok.. now the good.. This was the most time I've spent in the seat since I got the machine home 3 weeks ago.. What an absolute pleasure to ride, it sips fuel, the 54" deck goes on and off like butter and the cut is absolutely outstanding!.. To the title of my post though.. This is my 3rd rider but my 1st new one.. When I bought my place, it came with an old JD160 that served me well for many years.. But the 1st time I used it the pto kept randomly shutting off.. I replaced that unit with a 318 which after some restoration work was an absolutely fantastic machine.. However the 1st time I used it, the belt kept hopping off of the mule drive.. Then there's this experience.. That's 3 machines in a row with problems on the first cut!..ha!..
 

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Well it sounds like you got the first cut problem out of the way and if history holds you shouldn't have any more issues!

Just to be on the safe side I'd spend some time with the wrenches....
 

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And maybe add some locktite here and there.

Congrats on the new one.

Jim
 

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Have your wife mow the first time from now on!:lol:

I would blame your dealer for that problem tho...they put that deck together and put it on.:unknown:

Glad its cutting good, I might try my 54" deck this summer. Just to see if it works , before warranty is over.
 

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Have your wife mow the first time from now on!:lol:

I would blame your dealer for that problem tho...they put that deck together and put it on.:unknown:

Glad its cutting good, I might try my 54" deck this summer. Just to see if it works , before warranty is over.
Good point chex.. I suppose you're right that it was the dealer and not JD.. I'll call up and giv'em the gears tomorrow just to go on the record..
 
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