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I've read some post on here about people having their mower lift actuator fail. I have a 2038R where I accidently removed the deck and moved the tractor and hit a tree root before raising the lift arms back up. Well my actuator didn't like that. I saw it, got mad because in my stupidity I figured there goes a couple hundred bucks. That evening I looked up the price and fell out of my chair and puked a little in my mouth. $1650.00

Mine works great, full motion, no alarms, but that casting...

Looks like a few bolts and I can swap out the end casting and put it back in. I'm going to try to weld it, but worry about the heat warping it.

If only I could figure out how to repair this one. Maybe and old junk used one and take the end cap.

Anyone have any good ideas on how to repair this and save me the $1650.00?
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Buy this one and change the end cap. I mentioned this in your other thread.

Thank you for the help. Since the Admin's moved my post to the wanted page and I'm new on here, I could not reply like I wanted. I'm on a 10 day and 10 post waiting period. So I started this post with basically same info not asking for a spare part laying around. You kicked off the thought process on going to the OEM and not JD. That price is much better than $1650. This morning I have been welding it to see if that works. I weld about 1/2" at a time so not warp and distort the aluminum housing, work on something else and then come back and weld a little more. Good thing about it cracking the way it did, it fits back together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Thanks again for your help.
 

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I would try to "chemically weld it" with a JB Weld product or something similar as dwellon mentioned. If that didn't work, I would take Big's approach. I am not familiar with how that actuator mounts, but as long as the securing loads aren't all placed on the repair area, it just might work.

I know I would be hard pressed to spend $1,650 for something which still worked, but was "broken". The other suggestion would be to contact the actuator manufacturer directly and see if their website offers any repair parts or even send then an email or call them. There has to be a solution short of an all new actuator....

Make sure to let us know how it all turns out and what you try and whether it works or not as I am sure eventually, others will encounter a similar issue with an actuator.

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Wow...that looks nice. I hope it works out 👍
 
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