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Old 10-04-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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i just got an stx38 black deck the other day i have had a yellow deck for about 2 or 3 years and have loved it but the one i bought the other day the hood is broke at the hinges and i was wondering if there was anyway to repair the hood i have without having to get a new hood (cause they are not cheap even used) if you have any ideas please let me know i have a few ideas but in the end i figure if worse comes to worse i mess this one up and have to get a new one but if you have any ideas just let me know



i will post pics tomorrow of the hood but the bolt holes on the inside of the hood where the hinge is suppose to latch broke and i was thinking about just sanding them down and super gluing nuts there but it just doesnt seem like a good idea... i dont know just let me know what you think... thank you
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:43 PM   #2
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(stx hood on ebay buy it now $110)

seeing as it is on the inside I would try a plastic welder.

They work well but not a pleasent looking finish... but seeing as your repair will be out of view I say give it a try.

cheapie: (glorified soldering iron)
http://www.harborfreight.com/plastic...ron-67102.html

this one works very well:
http://www.harborfreight.com/plastic...ure-96464.html


also an old chunk of the same material as the hood is best to use as opposed to supplied plastic "welding rods."



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Old 10-04-2011, 10:16 PM   #3
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i will try the plastic welding iron tomorrow but how much plastic would i need to use cause what i am wondering is if i should just go get a broken hood cause i am sure i could pick one up for next to nothing, or could i discreetly get plastic off that hood? but i will try it tomorrow and see how it turns out... pass or fail i will post pics tomorrow but i am just trying to get it to where it protects the engine when it rains and i can mow the grass with out it falling off the mower... but your stx38 looks clean tho the pic is kind of small but from what i can see it looks GOOD! and thank you alot for you help
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can't really say how much plastic you will need without actually seeing the repair but I bet a 2" x 2" piece would be enough...

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Old 10-04-2011, 11:00 PM   #5
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ya that stx38 is beautiful... that is what i want my yellow deck to look like eventually. how long did it take you to rebuild it and make it look like that?
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:13 PM   #6
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this lawn mower is never ending story... finally got the hood fixed and the plastic welds works great but now i have to find a hinge for it cause i didn't notice til i started looking at it but i i only have one on the the left side and i am pretty sure there is suppose to be one on the right side too but i guess i have to go visit John Deere tomorrow... but thanks again for your help. Though, i was wondering if i sand the plastic down and make it smooth cause if so i might use it on a crack on the hood sand it down and learn how to paint cause the lawn mower definitely needs a paint job
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