Craftsman LT1000 Mower deck prep update 1 year later!

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Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,827
Salem NH
Hello
The arguish long over due task I had last year of prepping the mower deck came out nice. See pics here.
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Therefore it made the job much easier this year!
First of all there were no layers of matted caked on grass! That is due to the dry moly application last year that creates a nice non stick surface around the blades!
This year, I just wire wheeled, blew out with the compressor and cleaned with acetone, then sprayed on the moly.
Again last year the top was primed with flat black and then the Satin Black for the top coat.
This year after the wire wheeling blowing off with the compressor and only one spray of Satin Black for the top coat it is back to new looking condition!
Last year I drilled in a couple of zirk fittings in the spindles so this year just pumped in some grease!
I did have one slight problem. The spring return idler part # 169022 which is just a small spring was damaged and hanging on by a thread! So to avoid a mid summer disaster, I ordered up a new one from SearsDirect that will be here in a couple days and makes it so much easier to slip on now before installing the deck!
A clean deck is a happy deck!
How are you guys making out this year?

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Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,827
Salem NH
This year, I am adding one final touch
Duplicate-Color high heat engine enamel clear gloss spray to protect the Stove Bright high temperature Satin Black paint finish.

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Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,827
Salem NH
Last year, I replace a pulley so that is good.
This year I had to replace a spring so I get that from Sears Direct.
Since I added zerk fittings last year it was a breeze to grease up those spindles to keep the blades spinning easily!
:)

Anyone else add grease fittings??

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Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,827
Salem NH
Here is the latest video about mower deck spindles with sealed bearings.
Pulling out the inside seal to make it similar to a caged bearing on an industrial mower.
Then installing the zerk fittings.
 

Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,827
Salem NH
Finally finished it up with a second coat of the engine spray. Then after drying overnight a polish job with NexGen for extra protection.
Got the new spring in, see last pic!
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