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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by g-man » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:11 pm

@joeker I was planning on moving the mowers out from cold storage and placing the snowblower in the back of the garage, but the weather ppl are saying there is snow on the way. Do you still need the picture?

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by Brackin4au » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:40 pm

So I took my mower to the local golf course after talking to a guy who is going to sharpen it for me. Super nice guy, very experienced with reel mowers it seemed. He also said he would weld the handlebar back together for me... score!

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by Bmossin » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:08 pm

This forum will be so helpful for the 180B and 180C I’m getting this weekend.
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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by joeker » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:02 pm

g-man wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:11 pm
@joeker I was planning on moving the mowers out from cold storage and placing the snowblower in the back of the garage, but the weather ppl are saying there is snow on the way. Do you still need the picture?
@g-man I would definitely appreciate it if it's not too much trouble. I mangled up my travel clutch cable pretty bad. I think I figured out what's wrong with it though--the engine throttle lever swivel is seized. I wish I kept my P20 so I'd have a gx120 to compare it to

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by joeker » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:24 pm

So I finally got to where I'm going to backlap my 220E this weekend. I started by adjusting the reel to bedknife via the two adjustment knobs. I've pretty much backed out one knob as far as it can go and the reel didn't touch the bedknife. I was able to get contact by backing out the knob on the other end of the reel. Would getting a new bedknife help at all?(this one is pretty worn down and it's a cheap part anyway) Or am I at the point where I need to look at buying a replacement reel? I think I read somewhere that once the reel diameter hits 4.8", I can flip am eccentric adjustment to extend the life of the reel.

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by Don_Bass » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:39 pm

Wats Up Guys I Have A John Deere 180B, Looking Too Purchase A New Bed Knife For IT, Any Recommendations?

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by Brackin4au » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:24 pm

I’m not sure about the 180, but I recently purchased a 260SL and plan to get the fairway cut bedknife. It is thicker and should handle the yard better at the HOC I’m planning for this year.

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by SantiCazorla » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:57 pm

Just to add on to what brackin4au mentioned about thicker bed knifes. The 260 comes in 3 sizes, tournament- super thin, standard- medium, and fairway- thick. I’m not positive about the 180, you would have to check, but I know the 220 comes in 4 sizes tournament, standard, fairway and high fairway. So basically it all depends on your target hoc but if you’re not planning on going sub .5” I would get a high fairway blade.

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by SantiCazorla » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:34 am

Here is a link to all OEM bed knife options for JD mowers

https://www.deere.com/en_US/parts/parts ... nives.page

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by 717driver » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:37 am

I just purchased a fairway bedknife and new reel from R&R. A little less expensive than OEM and came by recommendation from others on here.

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by g-man » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:39 am

@joeker the knobs work together to move the bedknife, so you need to move both of them. Also since it is on a pivot, you need to screw them in (clockwise) to get the knife away from the reel.

The reel looks in good shape. It looks like a 11 or 14 blade one. The knife is a thin one, so I assume this was used for mowing greens.

Replacing the knife is fairly easy. Replacing reels is more involved. I did a rebuild thread last winter.

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by joeker » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:49 am

SantiCazorla wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:57 pm
Just to add on to what brackin4au mentioned about thicker bed knifes. The 260 comes in 3 sizes, tournament- super thin, standard- medium, and fairway- thick. I’m not positive about the 180, you would have to check, but I know the 220 comes in 4 sizes tournament, standard, fairway and high fairway. So basically it all depends on your target hoc but if you’re not planning on going sub .5” I would get a high fairway blade.

HOCs based on which bed Knife is used per JD 220 E-Cut website
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HOC range based on the QA5 cutting unit tech guide.
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Part numbers per the JD 220 E-Cut website
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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by joeker » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:52 am

g-man wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:39 am
@joeker the knobs work together to move the bedknife, so you need to move both of them. Also since it is on a pivot, you need to screw them in (clockwise) to get the knife away from the reel.

The reel looks in good shape. It looks like a 11 or 14 blade one. The knife is a thin one, so I assume this was used for mowing greens.

Replacing the knife is fairly easy. Replacing reels is more involved. I did a rebuild thread last winter.
@g-man do you think it's worth backlapping this bed knife just to get a nice low scalp in until I get a new bed knife? I'll probably get a new standard 3/3.2mm bedknife as I plan to cut at around .75" until I get more comfortable cutting reel low

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by TonyC » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:33 pm

The bedknife is more important than the reel. Make sure it's sharp and true.

@joeker I'd scalp, then make the switch to the thick fairway bedknife. If the screws are rusted use a punch at an angle and hammer to coax them free.

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by joeker » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:50 pm

TonyC wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:33 pm
The bedknife is more important than the reel. Make sure it's sharp and true.

@joeker I'd scalp, then make the switch to the thick fairway bedknife. If the screws are rusted use a punch at an angle and hammer to coax them free.
@tonyc 10-4. I actually backlapped before I could get back to this post. The bedknife was so dull, it still wouldn't cut paper. (I used a feeler gauge and adjusted the reel to bedknife gap to .0015") I guess I lucked out that the reel didn't get sharp cuz when I manually spun the reel, it caught my fingernail. Definitely need to watch out for that now that I've got an 11 blade; I never had to worry with my Tru Cut

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by wartee » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:28 am

I need to order a catcher for a 220C...does anybody happen to know if part number TCU28942 is an improvement over part number MT7026, or did JD just change part numbers? MT7026 is slightly cheaper.

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by g-man » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:28 am

@wartee per greenfarmparts, it is an update.


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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by TulsaFan » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:39 am

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by Brackin4au » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:25 pm

TulsaFan wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:39 am
GreenFarmParts.com is offering free shipping starting this Thursday, March 14th and going thru Sunday March 17th. This applies sitewide on all non-oversized products.

Make sure to use promo code: SHIPONGFP when checking out to get free shipping on your order.
Good to know because I tried ordering some stuff yesterday and it said I was eligible for free shipping because I was over the $49.99 threshold. But when I was finalizing my order it suddenly added $23 for shipping. I sent a message but got no response.

I wonder if that promo code is allowed with other codes. I used 15DOLLAR like it was mentioned a while back and it took $15 off my order total. Rather have free shipping if I can only use one though.

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Re: John Deere greens mower Questions

Post by Brackin4au » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:39 am

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Edit: I didn’t even get the emails you mentioned @TulsaFan while parts were sitting in my “cart”. I just entered the code you mentioned and it worked.
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