Brand new mower- bent deck

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by tnelson131, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. tnelson131

    tnelson131 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Bought a 61” Ferris walk behind. Nailed a water meter cover and instead of bending blade or spindle the deck became bent.

    Took it in and the reputable repair shop “fixed it”. Still looks noticeable when you’re cutting Bermuda. About 1/4 inch off of alignment from one blade to the other. Only one blade is tilted. The other two are fine. I understand there will be limitations on it being perfect again.

    Any suggestions? I don’t want to pay thousands for a new deck. Less than 20 hrs on the mower. Thanks in advance!
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,918

    They may have repairs the deck but not the spindle
    Check the spindle and the actual shaft/bolt the blade is on
    They might need to be replaced too
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  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 7,012

    A 1/4" is not really a acceptable amount of of varience. You can bend deck back -youtube it- or put thin washers between deck and spindle. Either way you need a HOC tool and a level concrete floor. Swap your spindles to see if it changes anything so you can eliminate the spindle first.
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  4. Fuzzy1

    Fuzzy1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 441

    You may want to just buy a "shell" and move everything over from your deck to the new one.
  5. tnelson131

    tnelson131 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Spindle is good to go. It’s 100% the deck. They said deck only bends back so much. This is second time they’ve had machine. The first time they said it was good to go. Wasn’t sure if I was being picky about the variance. I always figured either it’s right or it’s wrong. No real in between.
  6. tnelson131

    tnelson131 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Would prefer not buying shell as it would cost thousands. Already spent over 6 on the machine.
  7. Fuzzy1

    Fuzzy1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 441

    You're gonna have to either shim the spindle or replace the shell ... I once had an issue with the blades on my J.D. not cutting in the same plane ... I cut 3 discs out of Advantech flooring material ... bolted them in place of the blades & shimmed the spindle a bit to get the 3 discs all in the same plane. Worked like a top and really wasn't very difficult. I think I still have them ... you can have them if you like ...
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  8. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,350

    You need to cut the bent section out (basically just cut out around the spindle) and then just weld it back in with the spindle level with the other 2 spindles...easy peasy lemon squeezy...if you have a plasma cutter and a welder:D.

    It would be best to remove the deck to do this work.
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  9. Fuzzy1

    Fuzzy1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 441

    Not at all necessary to go through all that ... shim the spindle(s) for alignment.
  10. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,350

    Spindle is mounted to the bottom of the deck so you can only shim the spindle down...What do you do if you need to shim the spindle up? Don't tell me that you shim the the 2 good spindles down so you can shim the bent one correctly? Shimming spindles is mickey mouse bs.

    OP - If you want this fixed correctly, Take the mower or just the deck to any competent welding/fabricating shop!

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