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There might be other differences, but stumbled across this one today.
They've changed the orientation of the tension spring for the deck belt.

70001+
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Of course the deck isn't sitting the same in the 2 pictures, but spring was front to back, and now side to side.
40001-70000

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Not sure why or what all was changed.
The belt is same part.
Spring is different, and of course brackets etc changed to suit new spring and spring orientation.


I guess that sort of thing is why it is always a good ideal to have serial numbers when acquiring parts.
 

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Figured out another difference between early HC series decks and late HC series decks.
Turns out it's also visible in the pictures already posted.

The ride-over ramp/belt shields on the new ones are plastic and snap-on / snap-off vs bolt on (and I assume metal) on the older series.

New design makes it simple to pop off the the covers to blow off debris when finished cutting.

Kudos to those responsible for the design change!
 

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Did they make them [email protected]#$ belt guards simple to pop off too?
Yupp -- that's what I was trying to say, but I guess I didn't do a good job.

The belt guard and ramp are one piece of plastic.
It hooks into a bracket at the rear and snaps down at the front.
Nice finger hold for lifting it to snap it off.

Only adds about 3 seconds per side to the blower/cleanup job after mowing.

Of course black plastic isn't going to rust and there is no hardware to get lost or threads to damage.
 

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Thanks! I dislike spending 15 minutes with the leaf blower blowing off grass and it STILL comes out of under the belt guards. They're comin off this season. (y)
That's why the new plastic ones are so nice.

Near instant off and near instant on, No tools. No latches.

Don't even have to set down the blower to manipulate them.
 

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Are the new spindle guard/ramps compatible with the older decks?
Not a case of ordering parts from Deere and drilling hoe/bolting into place.

Rear of the new guard/ramp has tabs that fit into a bracket bolted to deck.
Front of the new guard/ramp snaps onto a bracket that is welded to the deck.

Presumably the rear bracket can be purchased and bolt holes could be drilled, but it would require fabing up the front bracket and welding it to the deck or developing a different way to hold the front in place.
 
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