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Well while you all northerners are still diggin out of the snow I decided it was time to start my winter mower maintenance project. I'll be mowin grass while ya'll are still trying to find yours.

I got this 60" Befco several years ago for $400. I put new seals in the gearcase when I bought it. Last year I put new universals in the PTO shaft. Now I am putting in some new spindle bearings.

There are some minor rust spots on the deck so she is gonna get some new paint while I am at it.

Sure was nice working in the shop in a short sleve t-shirt....:dance:
 

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Well I ordered the necessary parts. It was starting to howl a bit so I figured the bearings might be going. While checking the blades the right side blade had some "play" in it so I figured it was part of the problem.

When I got it apart, the lower bearing in the right spindle was a little loose and I noticed a couple fractures in the bearing....

I had to use a gear puller to remove the pulley's from both the left and right sides. When I removed the center pulley nut, the pulley had some very noticable slop and came right off with no effort. The keyway was also elongated..... The shaft also had signs of wear. I tested the center pulley on one of the other shafts and it had play and I tested the center shaft with one of the other pulleys and it also had play so the center shaft and pulley are getting replaced.

I ordered new bearings (top & bottom) as well as a new shaft and center pulley. While I was at it I decided that a new set of blades was in order as well. $420...

I received the parts the end of last week and had a chance over the weekend to check them out. First thing I noticed was the new shaft was different.... a 1/4" longer at the blade end. :nunu:

After an exchange of e-mails with the dealer, and the dealer working with the manufacturer, we were able to determine the correct part number for the older style shaft. Whew! At $75 each I was glad to not have to replace all three. :thumbup1gif:

The new shaft should be there this Friday when I get home. Now all I need is some decent weather to do some painting and I can start re-assembling the mower.
 

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When I got home from my road trip the correct spindle was waiting for me at the shop. :good2:

I got the small rust spots sanded down and primered last weekend while the weather was good. The temps are dropping and it is raining so I'll have to wait for some better weather to paint. For the mean time I can start re-assembling the spindles.

Someone suggested that I have the deck Rhino Lined / LineX'ed. That would certianly be more durable than paint. Has anyone ever seen a mower deck done with a spray on bedliner?
 

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Got a nice day to play outside. Got to test out my new hooks...

And since the grass is growning, I better get this thing ready.

A couple hours quality time with the grinder and a good coat of primer and she is ready for the final coat.

Thanks to my new FEL and Kenny's hooks, the deck is in the back of the van and I'll drop it off at the shop tomorrow.

Decided to Line-X the top of the deck. While that is being done I will get the spindle housings painted and get the spindles back togeather.

Now, What color do I have the deck done in.......:munch: Too bad that shipment of green paint has been delayed.....:nunu:
 

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Wouldn't the Line-X be better applied to bare metal?
 

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Wouldn't the Line-X be better applied to bare metal?
Not sure. The shop was closed on Sat or I would have called and ask. I know some coatings they recommend a primer on metal and others it doesn't matter.

Figured I would get a coat of primer on just to protect the metal. He can take the primer off pretty easy if he wants it bare.

He will run his sander over it to skuff it before shooting the Line-X.

I'll let you know this afternoon...
 

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I would think Line-x would be good over paint or primer as it is used as an undercoat.
 

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This is probably a naive question. Do any of the pieces that bolt back onto that mower have challenges with thickness of the deck? I ask because I know guys have had had issues with truck bedliners where they are attaching underbed mounted hitches. They end up having to grind off the bedliner to make the hitch work. If there is anything that is going to have close tolerances, you may want to mask off (i.e. put an extra bolt in with the appropriate sized washer). This may not apply to any of the hardware for a mower.

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When I had Line-X applied to the bed in a previous pickup, they applied it right over the paint, so I do not think that is an issue.

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This is probably a naive question. Do any of the pieces that bolt back onto that mower have challenges with thickness of the deck? I ask because I know guys have had had issues with truck bedliners where they are attaching underbed mounted hitches. They end up having to grind off the bedliner to make the hitch work. If there is anything that is going to have close tolerances, you may want to mask off (i.e. put an extra bolt in with the appropriate sized washer). This may not apply to any of the hardware for a mower.

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Good point ljnelson109.

There are a couple points that will need to be "thinner" when they spray. I printed a picture that I will give them and highlighted the areas.

I am "rebuilding" the floating hitch where the lift arms attach to make that work a little better. Fortunately the spindles attach from the underside.
 

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It should be done Wednesday or Thursday.

Bare or primed was ok. He said they used a pretty agressive sandpaper to skuff it with so some of it will be bare anyway.

Got the spindle housings painted. They are baking as I type.

Backed off the hurry up a bit. Looks like rain Wednesday and this weekend. But with a little sunshine I'll just have a bit more to cut.
 

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Ya, paint, no paint, doesn't matter. Just needs to be scratched up really good so the rubber can stick.

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Got the deck back Friday evening. Looks really good. Bill at MidSouth Line-X did it for me and the service was excellent. If anyone in this area is thinking about having something like this done, give me a shout and I'll send you his info.

Now all I have to do is finish the ancillary parts. Spindles and pulleys are painted (yellow). It was going to the green and yellow....but adding the green to the cost of the Line-X put it out of my budget.... so black and yellow it is. The bumblebee mower deck!

Here are some pictures of the deck as it has progressed.
 

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The rain held off long enough for me to get the gearbox assembly cleaned up and a coat of paint shot on it.

Setting in the shop under some warming lights since it is now raining and the humidity levels spiked...
 

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Tonight I got the spindles reassembled.

I had to get creative at pressing on the new bearings...

Getting closer.. :munch:
 

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I seen frame jacks used for many things bet that is the first time I seen one used as a shop press. One trick I've heard of is putting the bearing in the freezer and heating up the part it is going into in an oven. Can't wait to see it done.
 
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