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Plastic Welding JD Hood?

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Tim in New York

12-28-2013 20:34:46
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The hood for my 345 is split on one front corner, all the way to the top of the lower panel. Figured I would have to replace it - but its almost $300. The split is pretty straight and on an inside corner - is there a way to weld plastic together that would work in this kind of application?

Thanks,
Tim




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gtractorfan

12-31-2013 13:19:56
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 Re: Plastic Welding JD Hood? in reply to Tim in New York, 12-28-2013 20:34:46  

I mow a widow lady's lawn with her JD 345 and had the same thing happen. I'd cleaned the screen on top, put the hood down as normal and "plunk" I heard something hit the floor. It was the bottom corner of the hood (picture). I asked the dealer if this is a common problem, he said "people run into things all the time". Well, I've never run into anything. I suspect since the exhaust exits nearby it might make the plastic brittle? Holy Cow! Are you saying that little piece is $300!
I'm going back to the dealer and have a talk!

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Tim in New York

01-24-2014 19:06:11
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 Re: Plastic Welding JD Hood? in reply to gtractorfan, 12-31-2013 13:19:56  
Nope - that piece was only $30 - I needed it also. I think you are right, the heat from the exhaust weakens the plastic over time.

Tim



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gtractorfan

12-31-2013 13:21:43
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 Re: Plastic Welding JD Hood? in reply to gtractorfan, 12-31-2013 13:19:56  
(meant to say I never ran into anything with it)



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notjustair

12-29-2013 08:15:06
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 Re: Plastic Welding JD Hood? in reply to Tim in New York, 12-28-2013 20:34:46  
It wasn't too pretty, but I have bolted them together. I took a piece of thin metal (I think it was HVAC trunk line tin) and bent it to follow the curve. Then I drilled out holes on either side about every 4 inches and bolted it tight. It held until the old man blew the engine. You could rivet it as well.

Why couldn't you just get some fiberglass mat and fiberglass the back of it? One of the neighbors has a combine that has 80 percent of it held together that way.

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GordyMN

12-29-2013 08:04:24
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 Re: Plastic Welding JD Hood? in reply to Tim in New York, 12-28-2013 20:34:46  
Tim,

I had the same problem with my LX188. I took some (flexible) screen and smeared it with JB weld on the inside of the hood - overlapping the crack. About three applications. I have been careful when I open / close the hood, but so far no problems. JD should have made a metal hood. Gordy MN



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pete_5959

12-29-2013 03:46:36
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 Re: Plastic Welding JD Hood? in reply to Tim in New York, 12-28-2013 20:34:46  
Tim, Take a look at ebay. New one is 207.00 and what appears to be a darn nice used one is 20.00.



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504

12-29-2013 19:26:46
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 Re: Plastic Welding JD Hood? in reply to pete_5959, 12-29-2013 03:46:36  
Plus the decal kit. Unbolt the two pieces and then you can glue-weld- repair from the inside. The hood is two pieces
(A can of JD brand rattle can paint works good when ready for paint.



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Tim in New York

12-30-2013 08:18:35
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 Re: Plastic Welding JD Hood? in reply to 504, 12-29-2013 19:26:46  
Thanks for the ideas. I"m gonna check with my local body shop to see if they have any ideas and then do something myself before spending $300.

tim



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