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Blade deck mod.

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After not having much luck finding a 42" deck for my RBT, I decided to space out the blade adjusters on my FDT deck. Pretty straight forward. I spaced out the rear brackets as far as I could and left the front at same spacing for tractor hook up. I also replaced the rod the rollers run on as it was worn bad. Now it clears the running boards when up.

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Without starting a clubhouse brawl, I like the running boards. My lawn is so uneven that on my old FDT my heals would rest on the deck and my legs would be bouncing all over the place. I am one of those people that didn't like RBT's ,but had never owned one. Now i am hooked on them. I do have to say that I still like both styles.

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Simpleton7016
Looks great! Hey, what is the name of the bracket-looking piece connecting the open ends of the chute where the clippings come out? I am still relatively novice with regard to my knowledge of engineering facts. However, a friend told me that without that bracket, there is a lot of stress on the deck shell and it will eventually lead to cracks and shorten the life of the deck. I was also told that that "bracket" or "reinforcement strip" is available as an aftermarket piece. I called my local dealer and tried to explain it, but he had no clue what I was talking about because I could not properly describe it. :) I would like to purchase one if anyone has any idea whare I can get it. Thanks in advance, Erik

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Originally posted by Simpleton7016
Looks great! Hey, what is the name of the bracket-looking piece connecting the open ends of the chute where the clippings come out? I am still relatively novice with regard to my knowledge of engineering facts. However, a friend told me that without that bracket, there is a lot of stress on the deck shell and it will eventually lead to cracks and shorten the life of the deck. I was also told that that "bracket" or "reinforcement strip" is available as an aftermarket piece. I called my local dealer and tried to explain it, but he had no clue what I was talking about because I could not properly describe it. :) I would like to purchase one if anyone has any idea whare I can get it. Thanks in advance, Erik
Eric, I do not know what it is supose to be called, but I call it a rock gaurd. It does help support the end od the deck and sure does help deflect rocks and other object.... I made several for myself out of 1-1/4' flat steel.

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Simpleton7016
Thanks Mike. Did you just bend the flat steel to fit? And did you connect it to the inside of the deck or the outside? Is the "bracket thingy" supposed to apply "outward" pressure, "inward" pressure or no pressure at all? I assume it is supposed to kind of pull the two ends together....but we all know what happens when we assume. :) I do it so much that I am actually starting to smeall like one! :)

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:D:D:D:D:D:D Eric, Yes I did bend the flat steel so as to clear the ark of the blade. I t is bolted to the insid of the deck, and no it is not supposed to create any presure one way or the other. It is there just for suport.

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Kent
The piece shown is called a stone guard in the parts books, unless I'm mistaken. There is an additional, similar reinforcement that I've seen bolted inside the front of the deck, where the leaf mulching kit bolts on. The 42" deck that came with my B-210 had one on it.

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What deck/tractor are you talking about? If it's a 7016 the stone guard is different and there is nothing going from front to back, just the square tubing welded on a reinforcing bracket. This just keeps the blade fron digging in on uneven ground or I should say keeps the sod out of the discharge area on those decks. I bought a NOS one from the dealer for my deck without one and he called it a stone guard.

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