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Trouble installing mower deck

I replaced the blades and have one washer and one spring clip left over. I can't locate my manual to find where it goes. Will you please down load a manual or at least the part that shows all of the connections?

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  • inspector937 Apr 29, 2010

    The tractor is a Craftsman DGS 6500. It has a 26 H.P. V Twin engine. Manufactured 11 2006.

    The mower deck has only "Precision Plus Cutting System 54" as identification.

  • inspector937 Apr 29, 2010

    Model # 917. 287460

  • inspector937 Apr 29, 2010

    I guess I wasn't clear. I didn't have a problem assembling the mower deck. My problem is attaching the deck to the tractor. There is one point of connection I'm missing.

  • inspector937 Apr 29, 2010

    I should find the solution in the diagrams you sent. Thank you Tom

  • inspector937 Apr 29, 2010

    I should find the solution in the diagrams you sent. Thank you Tom

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You need to give your model number so I can find a manual.

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