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Old 12-16-2009, 11:49 PM   post #1 of 16
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Default 345/48 Front Blade Manual Angle Kit Help

I have a older 345 that has served me well over the past 12 years, when I bought the 345, I traded in a JD 312, 48 mower deck, snow blower, and a rear mount tiller. I intended to get a blower for the 345, until the dealer told me the price! So, a walk behind blower was purchased and used instead.

Well, I have some landscaping projects planned for the spring that a front blade would be useful, so I picked up a almost new 48 front blade, it went on very easily, and worked quite well on a very heavy snow last week. I still had the wheel weights, and chains from the old 312, and they also fit the 345.

When I was picking up some small parts at the local Deere dealer, I mentioned that I had bought a 48 blade, the parts guy mentioned that he still had a old manual angle kit that would fit, the price was $115, almost half of what I had paid for the blade itself. He brought a old dusty box that was unopened, with a date stamped on it that was the same year as my 345, 1997. But, there were no installation instructions enclosed, they printed off the diagram, it gave me a good idea of how thing go together.

Except two key points, the first is how, and where does the bracket for the rod support attach to the tractor, and second, how does the short link attach to the blade from the lever?

Any help would be appreciated
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:36 AM   post #2 of 16
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I am 99% sure the rod support is just exactly like the snowblower is.

Here is a picture of mine. There are two holes under the battery mount.

What other part are you talking about?

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Old 12-17-2009, 10:27 AM   post #3 of 16
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Default Re: 345/48 Front Blade Manual Angle Kit Help

Thanks rrmccabe, I believe in you diagram, that the adjusting rod(5) is held in place by the assembly comprised of parts 8 thru 15, in the kit that I got, these were not included, I have part numbers 26 thru 28, and another bracket that it attaches to. I did remove the plastic cover below the battery, and did see two holes on the battery tray, but the bracket that was provided does not match in any way. It looks like I will need to go back to my dealer, and see if they can get parts 8 thru 15. After you bolted item 13 to the battery tray, does the plastic cover go back on, or is it left off?

My other question, is concerning item 22, I do not see where it attaches on the blade itself.

Again, thank you for your help.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:08 AM   post #4 of 16
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If I remember there were tinnerman nuts attached to the mount under the battery. I removed them and ran bolts through.

The top piece you talked about is attached to the rod shown in my picture with a bolt, locknut and pin.

The bolt and locknut go in the front and you dont tighten it all the way down. This allows you to slip the slotted end of bracket on/off without loosening the bolt.

The pin goes in the back. So when you take the blade off you just pull the pin and slide the whole #9 assembly off.

As far as item 22 (once again I dont have this kit) I think its just a link to go between the #23 arm and your manual lever on the current blade.

Here is picture of the assembly. I think yours would be the same except the black bracket is smaller as you do not have a chute rotate on the blade.
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:59 PM   post #5 of 16
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Default Re: 345/48 Front Blade Manual Angle Kit Help

I believe the image #25 (part # 13) is the one for your 345. The top one only works for the JD 240-285 and 320 series. I know this because I had a 285 and when I got the 345 that hanger would not work. I had to get the one in the lower image.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:39 PM   post #6 of 16
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Well, I called my parts guy, and he convinced me that I had the right bracket, came home tonight, and it was much warmer in the garage, which apparantly helped, because low and behold, I attached the bracket, and parts 26 thru 28, and it appears to be OK. The plastic cover goes back into place, and the hood closed.

What remains is how part #22 attaches to the blade, I am assuming, you rotate rod #5 to pull up on lever to enable the blade to be angled, then you push, or pull rod #5 to position the blade to the desired angle. I do not see where link #22 connects to the blade.

I have found this site to be very helpful, my 345 is getting to a age to where it is requiring a bit more attention. It has a little over 1700 hours on it, when I purchased it, it had been a parts cart tow unit at the John Deere factory at Horicon, it had about 60 hours on it when I got it. I got a brand new 54" deck when I bought the 345, and later installed the mulching kit on the deck.

Over the past 12 years, the only repair that has been required, was when the drive belt from the engine to the hydro unit went bad, and cords from the belt wrapped around the input shaft of the hydro unit, and destroyed the seals. Handled the repairs myself, the 345 has never been back to the dealer since I bought it, I can't afford, or want to pay what they charge. I have upgraded the seat to a later seat, and have replaced the plastic front bumper due to my own stupidity a couple of times.

A couple of times, I was close to trading in on a 425 or 445, once I had a 425 AWS for a couple of weeks from the local Deere dealer, he convinced me to try it, I did not care for that it seemed to require more attention in maintaining a straight line when mowing. Close once on a 445, but it had the 60" deck, rather stay with a 54" deck. Now if I am going to trade up, most likely will go with a 475 or 485.

Again, thank you all for your help.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:52 AM   post #7 of 16
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Lizard, I dont know the answer. I think you are on the right track. Rotate the rod which pulls the cable to lift the release then push/pull the rod to angle the blade.

Can you take a picture of it at this point? Be nice to see where the bottom of your lever falls with the blade.

There are a couple holes on the blade (see arrow). Is it possible it connects there?

I will be interested to see how easy it rotates. Sure seems like pushing a rod would be tough.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:26 PM   post #8 of 16
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My angling kit works fine. Sure make plowing much easier. I'm getting lazy not to get off to reangle, huh?
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:55 PM   post #9 of 16
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So where does your link connect Dave?
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:35 PM   post #10 of 16
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Here's a photo that may help. It's the 48-inch plow and manual angling kit on my X500.

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A tough part of connecting the link between the lever and the plow is bending the ends of the link. Reusing a pre-owned one may require unbending the link first.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:46 PM   post #11 of 16
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Looks like the same exact setup. That should help him
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:52 AM   post #12 of 16
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Wow!! Thanks for the pictures and info. My kit appears to be a little bit different but very similar.
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Here's a photo that may help. It's the 48-inch plow and manual angling kit on my X500.

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I'm thinking about buying one of these for my X540 48in blade, where did you get yours, and if you don't mind how much was it, could you post a picture of the handle end?

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Edit..Well crap just noticed this thread was 4 years old.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:38 PM   post #14 of 16
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I'm thinking about buying one of these for my X540 48in blade, where did you get yours, and if you don't mind how much was it, could you post a picture of the handle end?

Murph........

Edit..Well crap just noticed this thread was 4 years old.
I got the plow and, later, the manual angling kit at our local JD dealer. I cannot remember what the price for them was.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:21 PM   post #15 of 16
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Hey I bought one on ebay for 89.00. John Deere part number BM18278
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