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    Default Replacement Deck LT1042?

    Not a happy Cub Cadet owner. After only 5 years, I need a new mower deck for an LT1042 riding mower. It just didn't hold up to my "country yard" of 4 acres of hilly rough terrain. The lawn tractor part is fine.

    Pre- 2006, three different ones are listed, of course the OEM replacement one is not sold by Cub Cadet intack with pulleys and spindles, just the deck body.

    My question- will the other two made for that year work on my model? Does anyone know why there were three with three different spindle sizes? Hoping a deale rsponds, none of the ones around here, nor the woman on CC's 800 line know anything about that. Thanks in advance for any answers, and yes I've done the Craigslist and Ebay searches already.
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    Default Re: Replacement Deck LT1042?

    quite frankly - if you can swing the cost - would replace the entire tractor with a stronger machine and more capacity to handle that 4 acre spread of yours.
    That's pushing that lt1042 awful hard.

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    Default Re: Replacement Deck LT1042?

    I compared some of the parts list for the three different decks and for the most part it looks like the bolt on parts are the same. The different spindles were improvements in the design. The latest spindle design uses tapered roller bearings instead of ball bearings. Of the three decks only the 983-04171A-0716 looks to be available. You can tell which spindles you have by looking at the bearings.
    2006 Cub Cadet Z-Force50
    Agco Allis 1616H
    1974 SearsGT18 with 3 point,48"deck,Haban sickle mower and front dozer blade

    2000 Bobcat 453F with steel tracks
    1954 Ford860 with front end loader, 5' brushhog
    1952 Allis Chalmers CA with Woods L59 mower
    1947 Case SC
    1998 Honda ACTY 4WD mini truck
    And too many other small engine tools to list

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    Default Re: Replacement Deck LT1042?

    Quote Originally Posted by rcbe View Post
    quite frankly - if you can swing the cost - would replace the entire tractor with a stronger machine and more capacity to handle that 4 acre spread of yours.
    That's pushing that lt1042 awful hard.
    I am slowly reaching that conclusion! Like those zero turn deals, but didn't think they could pull a full utility cart well and I've seen reviews where they don't do well on steep grades, which I only have one but still...
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    Default Re: Replacement Deck LT1042?

    Quote Originally Posted by OldMachinist View Post
    I compared some of the parts list for the three different decks and for the most part it looks like the bolt on parts are the same. The different spindles were improvements in the design. The latest spindle design uses tapered roller bearings instead of ball bearings. Of the three decks only the 983-04171A-0716 looks to be available. You can tell which spindles you have by looking at the bearings.
    Great answer, looks like I could order one and replace it. My neighbor (A mech engineer) has offered to weld my current deck, may try that first to limp along and buy a new, bigger something. I hate to think of having to put another $600-$700 into what is about a $1,500 machine in 5 years. Should have gone bigger and bolder in the first place. Thanks!
    CMRVA
    Kubota B7800, Woods RD7200 RFM, Kubota FEL, Agr speader, smoothing harrow, Terp fan! Husqvarna 48" cut rider for mowing the lawn.

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    Default Re: Replacement Deck LT1042?

    I changed the tires to lugs, added the hitch and my Z Force 50 will pull a full cart and does fine on any hill or slope.
    2006 Cub Cadet Z-Force50
    Agco Allis 1616H
    1974 SearsGT18 with 3 point,48"deck,Haban sickle mower and front dozer blade

    2000 Bobcat 453F with steel tracks
    1954 Ford860 with front end loader, 5' brushhog
    1952 Allis Chalmers CA with Woods L59 mower
    1947 Case SC
    1998 Honda ACTY 4WD mini truck
    And too many other small engine tools to list

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