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Help for 32 inch mower deck

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My mower deck shell is cracked almost all the way around the center shaft, can this be repaired? Can I just weld the cracks or do they need to be fish plated or other reinforcement some how? I can e-mail pics to anyone that can help A/C Big Ten, 32 inch deck I believe is a wards deck, tan, brown color inside cover. Will a 42 inch deck off a 2110 work on my big ten? Theres one for sale here, and I need to mow. Whats a fair price for a 42 inch deck, and anyone have one to sell Is the 42 inch deck the largest that will fit and work on a big ten Thanks Randy Powers

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MPH
Think a 42 inch is plenty on a b-10. As for repairing yours I would think it be best to weld a plate on big enough to go past the cracks, just my thinkin, never done it. Ceck out the for sale adds on here, I see decks on there quite regularly. MPH

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HubbardRA
If you are good enough you can just weld up the cracks. Unfortunately most of us jackleg welders are not. Usually there will be cracks that form along the edge of the weld. I think I agree with MPH, reinforce the area with a thin plate. Probably 1/8 inch thick. Make it large enough to be square and flat on the deck. I have a welded deck. It deformed and now I have a spindle sitting at an angle. Does not mow real smooth. Rod H.

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Disclaimer: I can't weld for beans. Enough to get by, I need a welder at home to play with.... and some torches... Now on to what the contractor welders at work(boiler certified) tell me. Weld several smaller lengths of bead around the edges to keep the heat from distorting the work and pulling it out of alignment. Think torque pattern of tack welds. You may be better off cutting the whole thing out if it's really that bad then grind both edges to remove cracks and give a good base to weld to. Weld the backing plate onto the deck shell and position the removed piece. Tack it in several places and then check the fit up. It's lots easier to remove a few tacks if you need to reposition it. If all's well, weld it up. I hope this helps. I would probably have my buddy weld something like that for me, he's really good at it. If it's fairly thin you can use a flux core mig welder to do it. Another thing to think about, take a good look at the other spindles and bearings while you're taking it apart. You could give everything a good cleaning and lube, replace hardware as needed, perhaps paint the whole thing along with the repair area. It usually depends on time available around here how much of that gets done. I still have to paint my hoood and reinstall it....

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By the way, I have a 42 from a 61 Wards. I had a 42 from a 7010 that I just traded off. I now have a 48 under my AC716. All these mowers interchange. The only trouble I see is that the 48 will not fit older tractors because of the shorter wheelbase which makes the rollers on the back of the mower hit the rear tires of the tractor. This could also be fixed by moving the mower forward and drilling new holes in the front mounts, if the front wheels will clear the mower. Rod H.

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