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Re: Mower deck on John Deere 216

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Old Iron

05-26-2013 20:20:11

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steve_in_mo said: (quoted from post at 07:49:38 05/26/13) An impact wrench makes that job go a lot better. They are not on that terribly tight, but it's hard to hold the spindles from turning and use a regular wrench on the nuts at the same time.

That's what I have planned, but first I'm going to rig up something to raise the front of the 216 up high enough so I can work under the mower deck.

Figgered I use a come-along from a beam in the garage, down to the front of the 216, then crank away until the front of the tractor is about 24-30 inches in the air.

Hopefully that should give me enough room to remove the blades with my impact.
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05-27-2013 18:12:48

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 Re: Mower deck on John Deere 216 in reply to Old Iron, 05-26-2013 20:20:11  
Whoa! The deck is pretty easy to take off. There's no need to try and take off the blades by jacking up the tractor. It takes longer to explain it than to do it.

First, loosen the belt tensioner on the front of the tractor. It's that t-handle thing. Second, release the pins and unfasten the arms that go up at an angle from the deck to the sides of the tractor frame. Third, release the draft plate from the front of the tractor frame. Then take the draft plate off the deck. Finally, pull the hairpins out of the lift links and take the lift links off the deck. Pull the belt off the pulley and slide the deck out from under the tractor.

Should be pictures in the Gallery section of the weekendfreedommachinesDOTcom website.

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