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Re: Mower deck on John Deere 216
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As a not too strong 77 year old mowing with parts of three 212,&214s, two 47" decks,for the last 15 years and keeping 5-6 acres subdued in Iowa generous rainfall let me offer some advice.
1. lofting the front of the tractor on some kind of ramp, allows a person laying on the ground with a 9/16" wrench to loosen the one bolt holding the blade, just align the wrench parallel to the blade you hold with a gloved hand, and unscrew. Others are right, it is a normal right hand thread. 2. When putting on the new or resharpened blades, be sure all three have trailing edge turn up pointing up! Lube the bolt with never seize and it will be easier the next time.
3. Steve is right, he has listed all the moves to remove the deck. Some more advice, tho. The deck has to be removed at least seasonally to access the belt gallery on the deck top. This arrangement causes grass to accumulate in the serpentine belt system and the deck SHOULD NEVER BE HOSED DOWN FROM THE TOP...the water collects in the gallery and rusts out the deck!
4. Removing the deck sideways from under the tractor as described by Steve, is best done with the tractor on a smooth concrete surface with at least 6 feet of clearance to one side or the other. The gage wheels do not slide easily sideways.
5 When reversing the deck installation, take care the the main drive belt is reeved through the pulley correctly and above all, watch the the belt keeper on the first set of bend pulleys is outside the belt path, don"t make the belt slide over the outside of this dingus or in a matter of a smokey few minutes you will need a new belt.
6. This old deck has a great capacity (by design)and gives good service. I know, I have double (lapped) mowed grass and weeds as tall as the tractor and the rototiller gear (super low) comes in handy when a real hay mower should have used.
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