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rfsmith1952

What simplicity or ac deck will go on a Homelite T-12 (allis built)? The tractor has no mid pto so the deck would run from an electric front pto through a mule drive. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Bob

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rfsmith1952

Thanks, Chris. I'm sure Bill will check in. I read the thread and believe I could modify the brackets. Unrelated, but related, it looks like the snow plow from the T-10 would almost fit on the T-12. Plow bracket is little wider.

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PhanDad

First, the front blade size issue. On an early A/C Homelite (my T-12), the front attachment spacing is 11 1/4" vs the standard Simplicity 10 1/2". The vertical mounting ears of the standard Simplicity blade hitch are bent out, 3/8" on each side. I'm not sure what the front hitch spacing is on the late A/C built Homelites, just that the axle and mower mule drive is different.

As to mower decks, to the best of my knowledge, the Homelite shallow right discharge deck and the A/C 300/400 series are interchangeable except for the hitch spacing. I believe the A/C 300/400 is the stock 10 1/2" spacing since I had to bend the ears out to 11 1/4" on my "NOS Homelite deck". I've been told that the deck shells, arbors, height adjustment parts are same for some other Simplicity shallow right discharge decks. I've never seen one so I can't say for sure.

I've thought about using a FDT deck on my Homelite when I had issues with the front electric PTO. Besides the hitch dimension issue, you would need a FDT hanging mid PTO. I think it would mount OK since the FDT and early A/C Homelite frames are the same.

A second option would be to get the left side-plate with mid PTO from a Simplicity 3416H and use a RBT deck. This would be a direct drive deck or require figuring out how to install the cone clutch. That install might require a different cross shaft in the BGB.

I never followed up on either of these ideas. I repaired (patched) my original front electric clutch until I found a new style electric clutch that I purchased as a spare. I have since found "spare" original style clutches on eBay.

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rfsmith1952

Thanks Bill. After some discussion with JIMDK out in western PA, we both think it would be easier to obtain and mount a deck on the the T-10, which is simplicity-built and has the mid-pto. So I'm looking at one down in E-town for about $50. What is your view on that?

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PhanDad

I'm partial to the Homelite deck vs the old Simplicity decks. You get the "Simplicity" cut, but can adjust the cutting height up to 4"; you're lucky if you can get a 3" cut with the Simplicity. I've never had a problem with the Homelite deck being "shallow". But then I don't cut very tall grass, maybe that's where there's a difference.

I did pickup a "new" style 44" Simplicity right discharge deck. I looked at hooking it up to the Homelite, but getting it attached at the correct location wouldn't be the easiest.

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