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Papermaker

Hi Guys--

Has anyone ever found a left-hand exit mower deck or deck shell that can be substituted for a 48" Sovereign mower deck?  It's sure be nice to have a substitute deck as rust free 48" decks become difficult to find.

Thanks,

Papermaker

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PhanDad

Deals do come up on occasion.  Keep an eye on Craigslist for best deals (in my experience).  Also eBay.  I've seen NOS deck shells at reasonable prices when a dealer is getting rid of old stock.  

I found this on Craigslist last February; I couldn't pass it up for $175:

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Only some surface rust to repair; arbor belt was there.

You pretty much have to search everyday; if you don't the "deals" are usually snapped up pretty quickly.

As to "substitute" left discharge deck availability - I've never seen any.  

 

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Papermaker

Wow PhanDad, major deck envy!  I'm searching for a deck now but not sure what I'm looking at is sound.  You really can't tell much until you standing over the deck with an ice pick...

Papermaker

 

 

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motorheadgrandma

Hi, we are located in Plainview, MN and have a 48" deck from a 7117. solid but needs rebuild. Please call Jonette or Neal at 507-534-2431 if you have any questions

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Brettw

Heck, sometimes you keep your eyes open, you get a free deck with a complete tractor, or visa-versa!   I have picked up tractors with bad engines, and the deck is in great shape, and you get the whole shootin' match for less than a stand alone deck.

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Papermaker

Hi motorheadgrandma--

Thanks for the note.  A forum member (thanks Tom) sent me a link to a uncracked deep mower deck which I purchased Monday.  The deck was poorly maintained and every belt cover thread diameter through was stripped but the I can fix those areas and should have a deck that last for years.

Hi Brettw--

Thanks for the comment, I am interested in 7100 series tractors w/deck.  I like spare parts so If you run across any tractor w/decks I'd be interested in hearing about them.  Meanwhile, I'm very happy with the 7117 I have.  A couple of years ago I purchased a low time KT23 that was removed from a Cub Cadet with a cracked transmission housing.  The repowered  7117 runs great is the right size for my lawn and lawn vacuum  and has more power then I can possibly use.  In fact, I have to be careful not to ask the tractor to do to much because it will easily overpower the belts and break them.

Papermaker

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PhanDad

Glad to hear you found a suitable deck.

 

3 hours ago, Papermaker said:

every belt cover thread diameter through was stripped

Although some use slightly larger sheet metal screws to keep the keep the covers on when the holes are stripped, I found you can use 7mm machine screws in the stripped out holes.  If you could find self-tapping 7mm screws I'm sure they'd work.  I bought a 7mm tap and threaded the striped out holes.  Depending on how badly the holes are stripped,  7mm screws might work even without tapping.

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rich_kildow

I purchaed a nutsert gun, like a pop riveter, by Marson years ago and it's one of the most useful tools I have.  I drilled cover holes out and installed stainless nutserts in each hole.  Basically the same thing as Bill725 said but minus the welding.  Now I can just run the 1" bolts out with a impact driver and have the covers on and off in less time than it takes to remove the deck.  

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Papermaker

Bill725--

I've considered welding but I don't like to heat the deck because it adds stress and possibly distortion.  Having said that, I have welded backing nuts to a deck I repaired recently.

rick_kildow--

I have the nutsert gun also.  I've used it on metric repairs in the past.  I was wondering if the nutserts were up to the task.  It sounds like you've function tested them and found that they work well.  Now all I have to do is buy some 1/4"-20 nutserts.

Thanks for the tip,

--Papermaker

 

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rich_kildow

I wouldn't use them for structural work, but they are just about the handiest thing I've gotten my hands on recently, and I seem to just keep inventing things to use them on.  

- Deck guard covers

- My snowmobile trailer has a 3x4 platform in front of the deck.  Drilled that for 1/4" nutserts and it holds down the plywood cover and the toolbox sitting on top of that.  

- Sandblast cabinet window.  What was tapped sheet metal now has nutserts.

- Winch fairlead mount on my Dad's four wheeler was a beast to get off and repair the cables.  3/8" nutserts to the rescue!  No more reaching behind the bumper and trying to turn a wrench with the other hand...can't reach both.

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ShaunE
11 hours ago, rich_kildow said:

I purchaed a nutsert gun, like a pop riveter, by Marson years ago and it's one of the most useful tools I have

One of the greatest inventions in the world!  Use it all the time at work mounting equipment inside our ambulance & engine compartments!

And snowmobile belly pans.

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kwt

I'm pretty sure I just forced a 5/16ths tap into the stripped holes on the old deck I rebuilt last summer. I may have drilled them with a tight for size drill, but it was easy and all American. On thin metal you can usually get away with some pretty tight tolerances, as it relates to taps.

 

 

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