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CHDinCt,
Thanks, Volfan has all kinds of good info.
The coupling on mine will stay back but when I try to get it on the shaft I always seem to bump it enough to make it close before I want it to. That is why I started putting it onto the shaft first then hold it, pull the coupling back and slip it all the way on and check it. For me that works the best and is easiest.
take care,
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This spring I got a chain hoist at a garage sale and it has been the very handy for deck removal. I unhook everything except the pto and raise the BX about 15 inchs. Unhook the pto and pull the deck out from the front. If I need to service the deck then just lower the tractor and back it up and lift the deck with the hoist. To reinstall I just do this in reverse, works great for me.
 

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BX2660 lover here also,just did my 50 hour service,and took the deck off for the winter,I also have a fel so lifting the front a little makes it very easy,I also put a note on the seat,before I put the deck back on saying"PTO.so i'll remember to double check it,before start up,a little over kill?? maybe,but usually around my house,I can't start and finish anything,with out being bothered,by someone or something,then when I get back to it I can't remember where I left off,did I mention I LOVE MY BX2660
 

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I'd start by reading the manual to get the basic procedure down. A few things I do that are not in the manual are that I drive my back wheels onto a 2x6 to gain an inch+ of clearance then use the FEL if on the tractor to raise up the front wheels a few inches. Also, when I turn the gauge wheels 90*, I use the lower hole in the back two wheels which drops the back of the mower to less than an inch off the ground. (You may note there are two holes at the 90* setting on the gauge wheel axles.) I use the top holes on the front wheels since if I use the lower hole, the middle anti scalp roller will drag and prevent the deck from rolling. Having the back of the deck lower helps the mounting adjusting nuts clear the frame of my BX. If I use the top holes, even with the BX on a 2x6, the deck won't clear the frame when I try to roll it out.

By the way, congrat's on your new BX. Pic's are always welcome, some say required. :biglaugh:


CHDinCT, driving back wheels onto 2x6s is a great suggestion. I always end up having to remove the gauge bolts from the rear lift link receivers (that stick up vertically from the back end of the MMM) in order to just slide the mower under the rear lift links (even when they're fully raised). Driving onto 2x6 must give just the extra height needed so I can avoid taking off the height-set gauge bolts. Great lil tricks a guy learns on this forum. Thanks,
Mike in NC
 

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Putting the PTO to rear eliminated a lot of hassle. I use an ATV jack and raise the rear up a few inches to slide the deck under. With the PTO tip I got the deck on in 7 minutes. I use an old rug to lay on while hooking up the PTO. I put it on the floor and up and over the deck to keep as much dirt or grease off me as I can, Much more comfortable for my old bones.
 

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I took the 60'' MMM off for the first time last weekend, came off very easy, last night I reinstalled it, took me about 15 minutes most of time was spent getting the L pins lined up, surprisingly the shaft drive coupling went on very easy, the trick was to put the PTO in rear which allows the mid PTO to spin freely, I did have to lift the deck on each side just a bit to get the L pins to go through the hole, is this normal ??
 

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It takes me more time to turn the wheels than it takes to remove or install the mower itself!
 

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lost my cherry on the bx mower deck install yesterday. i can't say i did it in ten minutes . . . because i did deck and pto maitainence at the same time. my shirt sleeve length is only 32", so i decided to jackup and remove the left rear tire for easier access to the pto.
lost a craftsman socket, hit it to hard with a breaker bar (oh well!). the deck appeared semi level so off to cutting i went. engaged the mower deck and i heard a high pitched whine that i knew wasn't right. stopped immediately. didn't want to take tire off again, so i backed the bx up on oxlite ramps hinged on a guard rail around the driveway.
my initial pto hook up didn't look right, in fact-wasn't clicked in. with the sloppiness of my greasing it, i thought it had muffled my first connection attempt. second time, it worked like a charm and loudly clicked in.
does anyone have any advice or specific 1-2-3 steps for getting the deck right? i bought the jdeere yellow plastic deck leveler tool ($8.95) and need to work on it.
thanks in advance for any and all suggestions. shrekbelly
 

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Shrek,
I have found that if I run my front tires up on a 2x6, or similar, the MMM will roll right out.

Never thought about taking that tire off, but the Craftsman socket is guaranteed! I can reach the PTO with my left arm so I would not do that.

I can take my mower on and off in just a few minutes. Takes me longer to change the gauge wheels so it will roll, than it does to get deck off.
 

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kenneth,
i just cut my tires hard to slide the deck in or out. with the left rear tire on, i can't reach the pto to connect it . . . hence, off it comes.
am hoping for deck leveling for dummies advice. shrekbelly
 

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shrek,
I used to cut tires hard, but found the 2x6 is MUCH easier. Also, be sure to turn the gauge wheels so it can roll out...lots easier than sliding.
 

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OK guys, took my deck off the other day for some maintenance. Thought of this thread and timed myself.
Drove up on my 2x8 and started my watch. Turned the guage wheels, dropped the front bracket, pulled the lift pins and PTO shaft. When I rolled the deck out I had done it in TWO minutes. Will take a couple more to install, but not many more.
 

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Today I removed my 60" MMM for the 10 hr. greasing. Tried a new variant on the 2X6 under the rear wheels. I have a motorcycle jack, rolled in under the rear hitch plate, fit perfectly, and with a couple of pumps, lifted the rear up about 2 inches. This worked better than the 2X6 for me, as I set my FEL to lift the front wheels, then jacked the rear. Did find that I over-did it a little, had to lower the jack to get the anti-scalping wheels to contact the garage floor!

Everything else when't as before, this was my first time to use the clicking hold on the drive shaft collar. With the PTO set to rear, I think I connected in about 5 seconds! Have to give this board a lot of credit, using the hints here made this service my easiest yet (I think it took longer to move the anti-scalp wheel ninety degrees than anything else).
 

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Does the BX2660 use the same model 60" deck as my BX2350??

I can JUST roll mine out from under and clear the frame with the gauge wheels in the higher 90 degree holes. Granted, it takes some wiggling, and I shift the deck forward a bit where the frames a tad higher.

This spring I bought the FEL, now I just unhook everything, jack up the front with the FEL, and roll out the deck! Re-install is just the reverse!

Funny enough, I can r&r the FEL in less time than it usually takes just to hook up the MMM PTO! It takes me around 60-90 seconds to remove and 90-120 seconds to reattach the FEL. If only the MMM could self-center the attachment pins and slide in the PTO as easily as the hoses on the FEL! LOL

I'm going to try that tip of allowing the mid PTO to spin while attaching it; I usually do the opposite to hook up the rear PTO, locking it in place so it doesn't spin when I turn the coupling to line up.
 
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