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50" deck - strengthening ideas?

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My 332 came with a 50" deck that is pretty beat up on the discharge side. The front lower edge has been pushed back to the point where the blade has made contact with it. The lower support bar is completely gone. After looking around for a while for a possible replacement, it seems to be a very common problem. Most are in just as bad condition, if not worse. So I was thinking that if I was going to spend time repairing it, why not figure out a way to strengthen it to avoid future problems. I obviously don't plan on running it into things, but it really seems to be an inherent weak spot. So I guess my question is has anyone done anything to strengthen one before? Or does anyone have an ideas to strengthen it? My 60" deck off my 4110 has sparked some ideas in my head, but I thought I just put it out there to see what ideas others may have. Thanks.
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yeah, the deck on my 318 was all beat up after 20 years. Mowing a few rocks (3" or so) didn't help. A few times I had to re-adjust with a sledge hammer. I ended up buy a new 48" deck from my dealer, it was left-over stock, got a good price on it. The old deck was on it's 3rd set of spindle bearings.

The new deck just cuts stuff that's already been leveled and is clear. And it's just around the house. The old deck cut everything, and now that's cut by an MX-6 which, unlike my old 318, tends to win if there's a tie.

I think you could beat it back into shape and just beef up the sides with some welded on bar. The outside edges where the worse. If I had a welder, that's what I'd do.

I'm probably going to just give my old beat up deck to a local guy who's got 3 300 series old Deeres. He can restore.

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