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Dragged home yet another 416

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Deck spindles all cleaned up and rebuilt.

 

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Deck completely disassembled and pressure washed.

 

No rust holes or cracks at all, just some wear points, a couple of small bends, and some surface rust.

 

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@cleat, how do you get those spindles removed without tearing something up? Every time I try I either ruin the pulley or bust the bottom out of the housing at the snap ring groove.

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The last 3 decks I have torn down have been a pleasure in that the pulleys just slid off after the nut was removed (including these 3).

 

I have had to resort to heat and/ or cutting on other decks however.

 

If I need to heat, I use either MAPP gas or acetylene, Propane will not be hot enough.

 

Wrap an old belt around the pulley and clamp vice grips on the belt to form a strap.

 

If you heat the pulley too much and melt the belt it does not matter because it was and old belt anyways.

 

Heat the center of the pulley until it starts to get a little red then grab the vice grips on the belt on the pulley and also reach under and grab the blade (keep blades on until you are done this).

 

If the heating was successful, the pulley should begin to turn on the shaft.

 

Continue to turn and pull until pulley comes off.

 

Upper bearing will likely be no good at this point but everything else should be.

 

Cleat

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Nice 416.I had one with a 2 stage blower and cab,but let it go a couple years ago.Your spindle housings look like most of mine after being bead blasted.I can't believe how corrosive grass is...….you'd think we were mowing in a salt pile the way they disintegrate.Have fun with your new toy.

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Deck has been wire wheeled and sanded.

 

Bottom painted with high temp black (takes longer to dry but seems more durable).

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Topside has been primed.

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Deck painted.

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Looking better all the time.

 

Cleat

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8 hours ago, cleat said:

Looking better all the time.

I must agree.  Looks very good. :banana-rainbow:

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