Cub Cadet models 3240 & 2165
I think it looks fantastic! Now I'm beginning to think my 3235 is looking a bit too pale up front...Got the decals today and put them on. A little disappointed because the lower decal is about 15% smaller than the original but at least I could get something. I did get one of those off the tractor that is suitable for a scan to make another at some point in time. Quality seems to be quite good and I watched a couple of "how to" videos on Y-Tube to learn how. I made my own application fluid but I think the gel that you can buy might be better. I received a real nice used battery strap today also.
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My other Cub is a 2165 and that is a belt driven deck but is a horizontal engine with a drive shaft driven hydro tranmission, like the 3000 series. That belt goes through some transitions to get to the deck and is long, if I push it too hard it breaks and they are $40 a pop. I am on my third one in 2 years and the last belt I put on was from E-Bay for $15 and that one is holding up good but I sharpened the blades and am mowing more often. The belt on the deck that drives the 3 blades is the original from 1994 and in good shape. So I think that the drive shaft on the 3000 series will hold up compared to the belt driven. One can also drive a snow blower off the front of the PTO on the 3000 series.It's looking great, Ken!! It looks brand new.
The pic of the PTO is interesting. Are these all shaft-driven decks, or just some of the models? I hope I'm remembering that right, I thought the 3xxx use shaft decks.
If it is shaft driven, what's the benefit, if there's still a belt involved in the process? Does the shaft make it easier to install/remove the deck, or something like that? I've only had belt-driven decks.
And I admire you folks that just dive in. Casually mentioning "and then onto the 4 bolts for the ring gear." I'd hem & haw, and mentall anguish for a while about digging into that. Reading, watching videos, worrying, etc.
You know when you get done with it the dealer is going to want it back to have on the showroom floor right? You're doing a great job on restoring that machine!Finally got the break lever and finished the PTO so I could get the rest of the front done. It has been all gone through, belts, bearing, bushings, lower pulley, break and the missing spring. Ran it a good bit and changed the oil and filter, very pleased that it shuts right off because the run on was terrible when I first got it. I think I will work on the seat next and then on to the differential to check out the 4 ring bolts.
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