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42" Deck Questions

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I just bought a 42" deck from a member in PA. This deck was attached to a 312-8 that he just bought. Anyway, when I got it home I removed the paint covering the tag on the deck and revealed the following:

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05-42MS05, indicating that it is a 1986 or 1987 model...however the deck itself has me curious. the area where the spindle pulleys are located is recessed, like a pre-1972 deck, but it is equipped with the tach-a-matic mounting hardware, with no indications of modification.

 

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Any help?

 

 

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I have 2 42" decks and both are recessed like yours.Neither have tags but the newest one came with a 300 hour 97 model.The deck and tractor are in the same condition which lead me to believe they are the same vintage.

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All 42" decks I have seen are recessed.

 

I had one that I rebuilt and it was recessed without that little raised bit by the right spindle.

That proved a good thing as I made up a 1/8" thick plate to just fit into the entire recessed area and it got bolted in with the spindle bolts.

 

It was a lot of work to make since the outside oval needs to be cut out then the 3 spindle holes need to be drilled out then the spindle mounting bolt holes have to be drilled out and the belt tension mounting holes have to be drilled.

 

Belt tension assembly I believe got bolted on top of the plate (I sold that deck a couple of years ago).

 

Really stiffened up the deck. Not as good as the 48" deck plate but actually more similar to the 60" deck plate.

 

Whenever I bolt one of these plates on I always coat both mating surfaces with grease to help stop rust.

 

Cleat

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I just finished redoing my MS02 and it has the recessed area. 

Marv

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I put 05-42MS05 in the search box on the main page at the top and searched all content. It came up with 49 results. Hopefully something in those results will answer your questions. :handgestures-thumbupright:

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Interestingly I found on Partstree that the 05-42MS05 was made for the 300/400 series in the late eighties. So, all is well. 

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Looks like the 42" decks I've owned in the past. Your deck looks excellent. :handgestures-thumbupright:

 

Is the Zerk fitting center pully broken off? Typical.

I've used 90 degree Zerks there and the front axle center fitting.

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20 minutes ago, Tankman said:

Is the Zerk fitting center pully broken off?

I have not looked closely at that. Been raining here again and it's still in the back of my truck.

 

13 hours ago, cleat said:

All had one that I rebuilt and it was recessed without that little raised bit by the right spindle.

Yeah, that raised line is curious to me. 

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3 hours ago, rmaynard said:

I have not looked closely at that. Been raining here again and it's still in the back of my truck.

 

Yeah, that raised line is curious to me. 

 

The Zerk is missing, not broken off.

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So upon closer inspection, I have found that the baffles are missing from the underside of the deck housing.

 

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The left spindle is leaning, so the top side of the deck is bent.  Two of the spindles need bearings, and there is some straightening that needs to be done on the front side. I am not a welder or fabricator, so the baffles are not going to be done. There are no rust-through holes although the top of the deck is quite pitted in the recessed areas.

 

So my question is does it need baffles to work correctly? Should I put some money into this deck, or should I just lick my wounds and resell it for parts?

 

Very important point here, I am not blaming the seller as he did not have time to inspect it before I offered to buy it, and I had ample opportunity to look it over before loading it into my truck. I just would like some opinions on what to do.

 

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