After taking so much from this forum, i feel it's time for me to give back. I have a ~2003 Jacobsen PGM that i've owned for ~1yr that i'm in the process of replacing the reel and would like to document a bit for the forum in hopes that others can benefit in some way. Also, there is a small part of me that thinks that the Jakes don't get as much love as they deserve, so i hope that we can boost them up with more of these efforts. I saw a bunch of jakes there at the Weeks auction, so it's possible more on this forum will become owners over time:) They really are cool machines. Having no real experience with this machine, i'm excited to see how it develops. Seems like these fixed head units are a bit more cumbersome to work on than the E-Flex's, but i'm sure it can be done with some effort. The following efforts are only meant to replace the reel, bedknife, and a couple of other consumables; this is not a full detail restoration as with others. I'd like to do that some day, but time if of the essence right now in life.
More than happy to answer any questions, but understand i'm not a mechanical expert
estimated cost of project ~$300.
Day one: ~3 hours.
Drop out bedknife shoe.
Removed hubs and pulled drive cover on left side. A TON of grease in there, not much gear oil. Chains look decent. Looks like case hasn't been opened in 15 years. PGM seal was in bad shape and basically melted to the case and frame cover.
Isolate drive shaft to remove drive shaft nut. This can be tricky, but just manhandle it.
Fresh metal from R&R!
nite nite lawn mower, until next time.