Ok, so I got this riding mower for free, Supposedly it wouldn't run. I went and looked at it very quickly, said I would take it then hooked up the jumper cables, fired it up and drove it up the ramps into the back of my truck. Offered the guy the $20 bucks I had in my pocket but he said nope free is free. I got it home, sharpened the blades, leveled the deck and mowed the grass. Anyway the steering was loose so I replaced the whole sector, shaft bracket assembly. Then I decided to check out the front axle as I found a replacement cheap. Low and behold I find 2 cracks on one side of the frame and one crack on the other side. The axle also seems loose (can tilt front to back) and I will replace it if I keep the tractor. I have already mowed about 8 times and the deck is still level. As far as I know the cracks may have been there for years. I can just repair (fill cracks with weld then cut a piece of angle and weld that over the cracks) or I can use this as an excuse to go spend some money on a "must have" item. I'm wondering if this area is known for cracking? I really don't want to spend money on a new tractor, do you think my idea of repairing it will hold up? I see no damage anywhere else on the frame. The tractor looks and runs great and now you can steer 90% better. JUst wondering if anyone else has had this problem, fixed it and had good results?
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