When is it time to replace a mower deck shell?
I have the original 48" mower deck that came with my tractor that has seen nearly 40 years of grass mowing. I intend to keep this tractor running for another 40 years, so I'm considering what kind of attention I should give this deck as I get ready for another season.
As I was prepping the deck tonight, I noticed:
- the rust underneath is getting quite bad in a couple spots
- I have 2 holes rusted through - 1 between the middle and left spindle as you are looking at the photo, the other is on the left side of the deck
- the baffle (not sure on the technical name - the curved piece that follows the arc of the blades) is about 70% rusted away
- I mistakenly hit a stump that was hidden in some long grass. It bent the front edge of the deck in, to the extent that the blade hit that front edge. I bent it back out to get it functional, but it isn't pretty
The top side of the deck still looks decent, but I know that mower deck "shells" are still available from Mission Manuf. I will have to contact them for a quote, but I'm trying to weigh what I would need to do to get this deck back to 100% versus buying a new one while I still can.
I have considering grabbing a used one somewhere, but most of the time they are not much better than what I have.
I'd be curious to hear everyone's thoughts! Thanks!
1979 Power King 1618
Dual trans., turf tires, hydraulics, Cat 0 3 pt., 48" mower, snowblower, rototiller, dethatcher rake...more attachments to come