Whether it’s for maintenance or troubleshooting, removing the deck of your Husqvarna YTH22V46 is sometimes necessary. If you’ve never had a riding mower before, the operation may seem intimidating. However, pulling the deck off is easier than you think – and once you learn how to do it on the Husqvarna YTH2, you can follow the same steps to remove the deck from any other lawn tractor or zero-turn mower from the brand.
Removing a Husqvarna riding mower deck is a simple process that requires no tools. All you have to do is lower the deck all the way to the ground and pull out the pins holding it in place. You can then slide the deck out from under the mower.
How To Remove The Deck On Husqvarna Riding Mower
Tips Before Removing The Deck
Removing a Husqvarna deck is easy, but the tips below can make the process even easier.
- While you need no tools to remove the mower deck, a pair of long nose pliers can make it easier to grasp and pull the pins out.
- When taking off the pins and washers, place them on a flat surface in the order you take them out. This will make it easier to reinstall the deck when you’re done.
- In addition to the deck, you should also remove the deck stabilizer bar and front rod. Removing these components will prevent dragging them across your driveway if you have to move the mower after removing the deck. It also makes it easier to work under the tractor.
- Pay attention to installing the stabilizer bar and front rod properly before sliding the deck back under the mower. Otherwise, you can damage both the linkages and the deck.
- When working under the mower, it is always good to remove the spark plug or disconnect the battery. In this way, nobody will be able to start the mower accidentally while you’re under it.
- You can prevent scratching your mower by placing a cardboard sheet under it before lowering it all the way to the ground.
Remove The Deck Off a Husqvarna YTH2 Mower
1. Park and prepare the mower
To remove the deck and for any other maintenance work that has to be carried out under the mower, you need to park the vehicle on a flat and preferably even surface, such as a driveway or garage.
Turn off the engine and remove the key. Engage the parking brake. If you don’t want to risk having the mower started accidentally while you’re working under it, pull out the spark plug or disconnect the engine.
Set the deck height lever to its lowest position to lower the deck all the way down.
2. Remove the left deck hanger
Once you’ve lowered the deck, locate the left deck linkage. This is a metal rod with a threaded end and a bolt that also allows you to level the deck.
The deck is fixed to this hanger with a pin. Grasp the pin and twist it to pull it out (use a pair of pliers for easier removal if you want). Slide off the washer and set the washer and pin aside, then slide off the hanger’s bracket to release the deck.
3. Remove the right deck hanger
Move to the other side of the mower and remove the pin securing the deck to the deck hanger. Slip off the washer and hanger bracket.
4. Release the front rod
While the rear of the deck is secured on both sides, the front is only fixed on a front rod with the same washer and pin system.
Locate the front rod and release the pin. Remove the washer and slide the rod out of the deck hole to release it. Preferably, you should also remove the rod from the frame.
5. Remove the stabilizer bracket
The stabilizer bracket is fixed to the sides of the deck with pins. Remove the pins and washers on both sides, sliding the stabilizer bar off.
6. Remove the blades drive belt
All riding mowers feature a blade drive belt designed to engage the blades and make them spin when you engage the PTO.
Slide the belt off the PTO pulley and release it from the brackets holding it in place. You can then pull it out completely.
7. Remove the PTO cable
Pull out the loop of the retainer spring hooked to the front suspension bracket under the mower frame, then squeeze the cable clamp to remove it from the deck. You can now pull the deck out from under the mower.
Why You Should Always Clean Your Mower Deck When Doing Maintenance Work
Giving proper maintenance to your Husqvarna lawn mower deck is paramount if you want to keep your vehicle in top condition. A well-maintained deck means fewer problems down the line, sharper blades, and better grass-cutting results. Here are the main reasons why you should always clean the mower deck when doing maintenance work.
Prevent Blades And Deck From Rusting
A riding mower deck is subject to heavy abuse. While maintaining your lawn, it comes in contact with grass clippings, moisture, mud, and dirt. Often, the moisture is trapped under caked mud and dirt. Unwanted rust caused by moisture build-up can damage the blades, shaft, and even on the deck itself.
Cleaning the debris after each use and letting it air dry is key to preventing these issues. Aside from regular cleaning, you can run an in-depth clean of the deck each time you do maintenance work.
Avoiding Performance Reduction
Besides damaging your mower deck, grass clippings and dirt building up on and around the blades can reduce the vehicle’s effectiveness.
Grime on the blades can prevent them from cutting the grass. The blades may also become dull and start to rip off the grass instead of producing a clean cut. Thus, your lawn’s health and appearance will suffer.
Accumulated dirt and grass on the blades’ drive belt or pulleys can prevent the PTO clutch from engaging the blades. For these reasons, you should always clean the deck thoroughly when taking it off for maintenance.
The Longer You Wait, The Harder It Is To Clean It
Cleaning the deck after each use takes only a few minutes and a quick pass with the garden hose. However, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the old gunk. If you wait for too long, water may no longer suffice, meaning that you’ll have to use tools to pull out the mud and grass. That’s why you should always clean as soon as possible after mowing.
How To Reinstall Husqvarna Mower Deck
To reinstall the Husqvarna mower deck, all you have to do is reverse the order of the steps above. Yet, you may find the process a tad more challenging. Here’s how to do it.
1. Slide the deck under the tractor
Park your vehicle on a flat and level surface. Place the deck in position and slide it under the mower.
2. Attach the engagement cable
Slide the engagement cable on its bracket on the mower deck, then hook the retainer spring under the mower frame.
3. Reinstall the drive belt
Route the drive belt through the belt hanger hooks and around the engine pulley. Adjust its tension if necessary – if the old belt is damaged or too loose, replace it with a new one.
4. Attach the stabilizer brackets
Hook the deck to the stabilizer bracket on one side and secure it with a washer and pin. You may find that it’s easier to reattach the deck to the brackets if you slip two wooden blocks under the deck to raise it slightly. Once one side is hooked, move to the other side and repeat.
5. Attach the front rod
If you’ve removed the front rod completely, attach it to the mower frame. Then, hook the rod on the third hole on the front of the deck (the furthest from the front). Secure it with a washer and pin.
6. Attach the deck hangers
Start with the right side of the mower and slide the deck hanger bracket on the deck pin. Slip on a washer and secure it with a pin. Move to the other side and repeat.
7. Level the deck
You can now raise the deck to the desired cutting height. Measure the distance from the ground to the deck on all sides with a deck-leveling gauge and loosen or tighten the bolt on the rod to level it. You can now mow a patch of lawn to test it.
Will a Craftsman mower deck fit a Husqvarna?
Generally, riding mower decks are interchangeable, and most Craftsman decks fit Husqvarna riding mowers – as long as both vehicles have the same size deck.
Are Husqvarna mower decks interchangeable?
Husqvarna decks are interchangeable between vehicles with the same deck size. However, you won’t be able to fit a 54-inch deck on a model designed for a 42-inch deck or vice versa.
Should the wheels on a mower deck touch the ground?
No, the wheels on a mower deck should not touch the ground. Ideally, they should sit approximately 1/8 to 1/2 of an inch above the ground. Their role is to help maintain an even cutting height when you’re working on uneven terrains and prevent lawn scalping.
Having your Husqvarna mower deck removed isn’t complicated, and you might be able to remove it yourself, even if this is your first riding lawn mower. We hope this guide can help you complete the task in a quick and easy way.