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Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38 inch ?

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zipster100

05-08-2009 15:22:09
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Hi folks, I have a Craftsman Lawn tractor this about 15 - 20 years old. It has a 42 inch deck that is in bad shape and needs a new mandrel. I found someone on Craigslist that has a complete 38 inch Craftsman mower deck of about the same age. Can I do a direct swap of the 42 for the 38 inch deck. Will the clutch linkage and what not be in the right places? Any help would be great. Thanks




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bruce christian

05-16-2009 18:49:22
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to zipster100, 05-08-2009 15:22:09  
nope. tooo many changes to be made. pulleys, hangers, belt routings, belt, engagement rods, etc. I would purchase a new jackshaft/mandrel/blade adapter. they make them everyday.
Bruce



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zipster100

05-17-2009 13:25:11
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to bruce christian, 05-16-2009 18:49:22  
I purchased a new mandrel shaft from sears. Now my problem is I can't figure out how to remove the pulley to replace the shaft and bearings.



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GLGrumpy

05-09-2009 08:29:30
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to zipster100, 05-08-2009 15:22:09  
If hangers are welded on in same places, and the pulley in same place, should work. I'm wondering about the width being enough to pass the width of your rear tires. Might want to measure that. Nothing worse than bending over the uncut grass, that won't cut/lift right in next pass, plus not being able to trim up against things if you do that sort of thing. Pulley may be diff size on deck too, needing a diff size drive belt. Depth wheels and skids may not be on smaller deck??

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zipster100

05-09-2009 09:05:41
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to GLGrumpy, 05-09-2009 08:29:30  
Just for the record I went over and looked at it this morning. No go. The front support bracket is very different but most of all my 42 inch has one clutch control bar and the 38 inch uses two, one for each blade. Figured I would let you know in case anyone else ever tries this whacky idea.
This post was edited by zipster100 at 09:06:25 05/09/09.



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Dannie 1

05-09-2009 03:28:35
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to zipster100, 05-08-2009 15:22:09  
It will not work...............



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zipster100

05-09-2009 05:47:04
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to Dannie 1, 05-09-2009 03:28:35  
why?



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rustyj14

05-08-2009 16:42:57
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to zipster100, 05-08-2009 15:22:09  
I certainly wouldn't want to try it unless i had both decks on hand, so i could compare them, to see if there might be a difference, especially in how the deck attaches to the connecting bars and links! You might be getting a "pig in a poke", especially when buying sight-unseen! And, if you did buy it, and it can't be made to fit--what then?? Good money wasted! I'd buy the new mandrel, if the rest of the deck could be repaired, but considerring how old the tractor is, i hardly think it would be cost-effective, to buy a sight-unseen deck, have it sent, and then discover the sender "saw you coming", as folks used to say whenever somebody got shafted by some charlatan of a sales person, or used parts purveyor! There are lots of good used machines out there, just looking for a new home!

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zipster100

05-08-2009 16:49:01
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to rustyj14, 05-08-2009 16:42:57  
I had the same thought so what I plan on doing is bringing my 42 inch deck with me to compare the two. The seller suggested the same as well. I already have it off, if it looks close I might as well give it a try.



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rustyj14

05-08-2009 17:25:32
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to zipster100, 05-08-2009 16:49:01  
From what you said, i thought it was going to be sent to you, by freight, or whatever. Better for it to be seen before buying! RJ



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zipster100

05-08-2009 17:26:52
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 Re: Can Craftsman 42 deck be replaced with a Craftsman 38... in reply to rustyj14, 05-08-2009 17:25:32  
Sorry, I should been more clear on that point. What's your guess? Will it work?

Btw, my tractor is a 944.606051 if that helps.



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