Many of the Cub Cadet LTX1045’s maintenance requirements are very easy to perform, including the basic oil change, air filter checks, and many others. Even so, these basic maintenance requirements are paired with some more extensive and demanding tasks that keep the mower blades, cutting deck, and deck belt in check. Each of these parts represents a significant piece of the puzzle when it comes to routine, high-efficiency mowing. Checking, maintaining, and replacing each of these parts when necessary will allow the mower to last longer and perform at a higher level for many years into the future.
Cutting Deck: How to Remove the Deck When Necessary
From time to time, it might be necessary to completely remove the LTX1045’s cutting deck in order to perform more involved maintenance work or check on belts and other parts that are obscured by the deck’s relatively large size. Removing this deck involves a simple, step-by-step procedure that will take just a few moments and a few tools.
Step 1: Get the Deck Ready
Make sure the PTO lever is in the “off” position, disengaged entirely. Engage the parking break and then lower the mower deck using the deck lift lever until it is in the bottom notch. Next, simply find the engine pulley underneath the front of the tractor and proceed.
Step 2: Remove the Belt Guard
Remove the belt guard by first removing the hex screws and then pulling the belt keeper rod to the right side. Pull the rod down to remove it. Next, remove the deck belt from the engine pulley that was located in the second step of this process.
Step 3: Remove the Deck Support Pin
Locate the deck support pin underneath the mower deck and then pull it outward to lift the deck arm. Do this on both sides of the equipment until both deck support pins have been removed and the deck is ready to come off.
Step 4: Remove the Cutting Deck
Move the deck’s lift lever to the top position, then remove the deck engage cable from the rear of the assembly. Next, remove the cotter pin from the deck stabilizer and slide the cutting deck out from underneath the mower. Repairs can now proceed.
Removing the Deck Belt
If the deck belt needs to be changed, now would be the best time to make such a switch. The mower deck must always come off before the deck belt itself can be changed so, with the deck removed and the mower ready for repairs, follow the steps below to conduct a full removal and replacement of this key part.
Step 1: Prepare the Deck Belt for Removal
Remove the deck belt covers using the hex washer screws that secure them into the deck itself. Optionally, remove the hex nut located on the left idler pulley in order to more easily remove the belt and get it past the belt guard.
Step 2: Remove the Deck Belt
With the hex washer screws removed, the belt can be easily slid off of its assembly and removed from the mower entirely. The new belt will slide onto this assembly using this process in reverse.
Step 3: Secure the Deck Belt Assembly
Finally, secure the new deck belt into place using the hex washer screws and optional hex nut from the first step of this process. When everything is tight and secure, the replacement process is finished.
Removal of the Mower’s Blades
Blade removal must always be done with the mower deck already removed from the equipment. If that’s the case, go ahead and place a block of wood in the deck to stop the blades from spinning during removal and replacement. Next, remove the hex nut flange that keeps the blades secured to the mower deck. With this part removed, the blades will slide off and away from the equipment. Store them safely, and then slide the new blades onto the mower deck.
With the new blades in place, go ahead and secure the hex nut flange that was removed earlier. Remove the block of wood and then follow the steps necessary to reinstall the mower deck underneath the mower. This simple procedure will ensure that everything is secure and ready to be used full-time as the mower finishes out the rest of the summer season.
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