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?
2004 John Deere GX345
48” Mower|48" Blade & Angle Kit|42” Thrower
Front Bumper|Halogen Kit|5x42# Weights|Carlisle HDFT & Xtrac
FOR SALE: BM20827 54” Mulch Kit
Message me if interested! I need it gone!