I just scored an older JD model 317 tractor with a mower deck and front blade with hydraulic raise/lower , and it needs some TLC . The mower deck has a few spots that have rusted thru , and I'm trying to decide whether to just double it up on top or cut out the affected areas and patch . I'm a little leery of the cut/patch way , afraid of stresses from localized heat causing warpage . If I double it up I can retain the original mounting holes , use them to hold the patch while I heat and bend it to conform to the curves . I have plenty of 11 gauge hr steel that will work just swell for the deck repairs . I didn't realize when I went to look at it how big it is , I'll be going back tomorrow with a trailer to get the tractor itself . I figger if the motor isn't locked up I can probably get it running fairly easily . Once I get it to run I can get all the rest repaired as I can . I figger if I can get away with under 300 bucks in parts for a running unit that has everything working I'll be OK . I think first priority will be getting the blade hydraulics sorted out , that's gonna come in real handy this winter . Well , if the talking heads are right about the coming weather it sure will!
8 years ago