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Hello - New to the forum. Have 1999 JD 445 with 54 inch mower. Tractor is wonderful and looks and runs showroom new. Not the same for mower. Rust has been scraped off and repainted as well as I could over the years but now rusting through. Have looked at a replacement deck only but for only a few more dollars can get the whole mower with everything new. My local guy says weld it up again but I don't know, has been there before (to weld the front hooks on) and I'm getting tired of this.

Anybody have similar experience and advice on what to do?

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George
 

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I have a '94 425 with 54" deck, I bought it new and the deck is as solid as new, only thing replaced so far is the deck belt. I've always cleaned the deck in the fall and mid season of mowing.i never wash the underside with water , just use a putty knife to clean.
I have seen several decks lately on C.L. For sale not badly priced. People parting out 4x5 series tractors , but I'm not sure of deck condition
I would say it all depends on how long you plan on keeping it , if long period of time I'd go new, if short term , used or weld,
 

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Welcome to GTT krellman.
Not much you can do with rusted metal and have it hold for very long.
 

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Probably should consider a used one - surprised they are out there in decent condition. I don't know what else I can do to make the next one last longer, I did take this one off at least once a month during mowing season to clean (it was always full of grass muck) and kept it in a garage over the winter.

Anybody out there have the smaller (48") mower? Maybe it's a little cheaper to get new?
 

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I had a 1994 54" on a 425. Sold it last spring. Mower deck was still very solid. If the spindles and gearbox are still in excellent running condition, I'd just weld it up. Not worth the cost of a new deck IMO. A good used one if one could be found cheap might be OK. But cheap would be the critical point.
 
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