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Join Date: Apr 2016
Re: Cheap timemaster build
Be careful with the bolts going into the deck, as they aren't hard to strip and there isn't much extra material to helicoil the threads.
And I find leaving the "porthole" in the cover over the deck belts off, as, at least with my Turfmaster, grass and dirt just builds up under that cover and fills it to the top. But leaving it open, no more buildup. And there's a heavier-duty set if idler wheels available (again, at least for my Turfmaster) that last significantly longer than the original ones that mine came with. And periodically check the deck pulleys, as the teeth will wear out, particularly with the cover sealed and all that debris building up under the cover.
I find that it (the Turfmaster with Kawasaki FJ180) is underpowered, as it has a lot of trouble with going up slopes. I also reworked the control to separate enabling the blade from the transmission control (similar to how the newer Turfmaster controls are), which I find works much better and is easier on the fingers.
I'm really annoyed that I missed out on a 36" hydro gravely this spring, that I'm certain would work much better for most of the places I use it.