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48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

I just picked this up as I wanted to downsize from my 54”. I didn’t do very good checking it over as I’ve realized since getting it home and mounted that it needs sheave bushings and the tensioner arm/spring. It also has a small crack at the right-rear scalp wheel and on the right side draw bracket. The cracks shouldn’t be too hard to weld, right?

Most concerning is the right-front edge of the deck appears bent. This appears to not only be bent back, but also caused the scalp wheel to be angled down. It also looks like maybe the top (where the chute bracket would sit) before it rolls forward is bent, but I’m not sure if that is supposed to be flat or actually have that “dip”.

Is it actually bent and how bad? Any pics that I could compare? What’s the best way to repair so that I don’t make it worse? Do I straighten it before welding, or weld first then straighten? Could the crack at the draw bracket be tied to this being bent? Do you think I could get through this season before repairing, or could the cracks get worse?
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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

I decided to measure the chute opening...
Top opening width is 13-7/8” ID
Bottom is 13-3/8”
That's a half inch tweak... that should be the same top and bottom, correct?

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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

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I decided to measure the chute opening...
Top opening width is 13-7/8” ID
Bottom is 13-3/8”
That's a half inch tweak... that should be the same top and bottom, correct?
That looks about right. My guess is, the whole front of the deck lip, from the front lift mount to the chute got pushed back a little when the previous owner ran into something, and the crack at the front lift bracket is part of that. The right front gauge wheel bracket is probably not moved in relation to where it is mounted, it's just cockeyed because the whole section it's mounted to is bent. Does the right-hand blade hit the inside of the deck along the front?

What I'd do, if you want to fix it, is take the gauge wheel out of the slot, insert a long pry bar, and lever the front edge back out the half inch it's bent inwards. Then weld the crack at the front lift mount.

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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

No, the blade doesn’t hit anything (at least it didn’t the 10 seconds I had the PTO engaged before the tensioner spring & bracket went). Good idea on the bar at the wheel bracket. I was thinking of a way more elaborate way of doing it so as not to tweak other parts of the deck, but that route may work best.
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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

What I use is a 4x6 chunk of pt wood and a floor jack and the 2" receiver hitch under my full size van. Probably had another section of 4x6 on top of the deck. I sandwich the exit area of the deck between the 4x6 wood with the jack underneath the lower 4x6. Then jack it all up but not enough for the van tires to clear the ground. What I am trying to do is fix the deck in place under the back of the van so I can lever on that bent front face. I don't want to bend the horizontal upper exit chute section of the deck. I only want to bend the front face.

If you don't somehow fix the deck in place then when you start levering on the front face you will probably just bend the top of the deck upward.
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Straighten the deck before welding.
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How about rigging a hydraulic bottle jack and some wood blocking to push the front lip forward a bit? That's what I would do...


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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

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What I use is a 4x6 chunk of pt wood and a floor jack and the 2" receiver hitch under my full size van. Probably had another section of 4x6 on top of the deck. I sandwich the exit area of the deck between the 4x6 wood with the jack underneath the lower 4x6. Then jack it all up but not enough for the van tires to clear the ground. What I am trying to do is fix the deck in place under the back of the van so I can lever on that bent front face. I don't want to bend the horizontal upper exit chute section of the deck. I only want to bend the front face.

If you don't somehow fix the deck in place then when you start levering on the front face you will probably just bend the top of the deck upward.
That’s sort of what I was envisioning. I didn’t want to make anything worse by just having at it. Is that chute exit area on top supposed to be flat, or is that slant normal?

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How about rigging a hydraulic bottle jack and some wood blocking to push the front lip forward a bit? That's what I would do...
That is the other idea I had. That way I could keep the pressure evenly spread -- I just dont want to push the rear lip out rather than the front!
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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

I've had several decks like yours and I just used a big rubber mallet with the deck lying upside down on the lawn. Take aim at the lower part of the bent section and give it a really hard whack. The tin is not that strong and it will move pretty easily. If you overdo it a simple whack on the outside will do the trick. Almost every deck that I have had, and it has to be over twenty, has had a crack around one of the wheel supports or more. Straighten out the chute side and the get it welded. This ain't rocket science. As long as the spindle is not bent and the blade is not touching it's fine.
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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

You'll be shocked at how easily you can bend it back in place (and how easily it can get bent again!). I'd agree with the rubber mallet approach.

So long as your metal isn't too thin (rusted away), it should be an easy weld job.
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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

Thanks guys. Deck repair is new to me. I can take anything apart and put it back together, but I am paranoid with “body” work.

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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

Get some of the neighborhood fatties to jump up and down on the top where its bent. Problem solved for the cost of some food.

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Get some of the neighborhood fatties to jump up and down on the top where its bent. Problem solved for the cost of some food.
I don’t know where you shop for groceries, but I think it may be cheaper to pay a professional, lol

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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

Before I go wailing on this, can we confirm if the circled area is to be flat or if that is how it is supposed to be? If anyone has a picture of their good 48C deck of the chute side, it would help immensely.
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Re: 48C Edge Deck - How bad is this bent? Best way to repair?

I bent my Craftsman deck a while back (long story).. Took it off, flipped it over on the grass and was able to get a large pipe wrench over the bent lip. The leverage of the long wrench handle was enough to bend ... err. 'reform' it to working again.
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