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TimeMaster tear down

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by mdistel, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. mdistel

    mdistel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I purchased a TimeMaster 20199 for $150 off craigslist from a homeowner not interested in fixing the BBC cable and the wires to the off switch are cut.

    I decided to tear it down to really clean up the deck and quickly found there are lots of places where grass and leafs hide (and decompose) in this model. Other than breaking one shoulder bolt the disassembly was straightforward.

    Deck was clearly not cleaned and had rust that I sanded down with a drill-wirebrush and angle grinder. Decided not to por-15 and simply sprayed with rust neutralizer.

    More to come





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  2. OP

    mdistel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Made some progress and finished cleaning up the parts and prepped the frame/deck for paint. I'm surprised how much corrosion there is and how poorly the paint adhered to the deck and frame. Its flaking off the deck in areas where there isn't any sign of rust.

    Hardware was soaked vinegar/salt then neutralized with baking soda.

    Removed the seals and cleaned out the grease on the BBC pulley as the bearing didn't feel smooth, this trick can help extend its life.

    The idler pulleys need caps as they were packed with dirt.





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  3. OP

    mdistel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Deck top & frame painted with Rust-Oleum Sunrise Red, not a perfect match but very close. Assembly is pretty straight forward with the transmission taking a few tries to get everything right. I have to swap the tran stop bracket to the other side, oops. Waiting on mowpart.com order for new BBC cable, handlebar and tune-up parts.


  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 24,258

    Looks better than new!!
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  5. asthedodo

    asthedodo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Great pics and awesome project! You got a really good deal on that mower
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  6. OP

    mdistel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks guys. Getting close. Engine started on the first pull after a full plastic off cleaning.

  7. OP

    mdistel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    All done. New upper handle bar, BBC cable kit, air filter, oil and spark plug installed. Mowed great and saved time compared to a 21" Honda and similar to a 36" commercial. I've mowed this acre with a 60" Kubota B7500 (way to big), 36" Exmark Metro ECS belt, 48" Bobcat belt, Deere X324 4 wheel steering (fastest), Honda 21" HRR217TDA and now this Toro.



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  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,407

    Aren't there some unusual tracking in the lawn? Looks good anyway!
  9. skidaddytn

    skidaddytn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    mdistel, I'm late to see this post I know, but great job!
    I wish mine looked like that, but sadly its pretty beat up after 6 seasons.
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  10. Oxmow

    Oxmow LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    Lawn contour?!?

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