Need info on what cutting deck I have?

Mon May 24, 2004 11:22 am

Hey guys this is my first time posting here and hope you can help?

I recently purchased a Cub Cadet 104, 1969, 10HP Kohler and don't know the size of the cutting deck. I do know it is either a 38" or 42" but there are no tags or stickers on the deck any more. I was wondering if someone had the dimensions between the spindles to help me out or som other way of being able to determine what size it is.Thanks in advance. :roll:

Mon May 24, 2004 6:40 pm

Use a tape measure to measure the width of the strip it will cut.

Mon May 24, 2004 8:21 pm

I'm Sorry I should have been more detailed. I didn't recieve any blades with the deck and the guy I bought it from didn't know what size it was either. So I was hoping that if someone new the measurments between the spindles that it might help, because I need to buy blades.

Tue May 25, 2004 12:22 pm

If you can post a picture or email me a picture (low resolution) I can id it for ya.

Tue May 25, 2004 12:56 pm

I will see about getting one.

Tue May 25, 2004 3:32 pm

Ok so I was at the parts place picking up a wear button for the CC104 when I hat a chance to see a exploded view of a 38" and 42" Deck. I now know I do have a 38" deck whick raises my next quistion. When I bought the blades for said deck and mow with them I have 2 small strips of grass left from were the outer blades and the center blade could not reach. Is this normal and could I try a slightly larger center blad as long as it doesnot interfer with the outers or hit the deck.

Tue May 25, 2004 3:37 pm

Sounds like they did not give you the right blades. I don't know if Cadet ever used a set-up with a larger center blade or not. But some mowers were set up that way.

Tue May 25, 2004 4:57 pm

Does anyone know the size of the blades used on the CC104 38" deck? :?:

Tue May 25, 2004 9:10 pm

I'm not sure what parts breakdown you saw to determine you had a 38" deck, but the 38" and 42" deck use the same parts breakdown (unless a different deck has been adapted to your tractor). Any differences in the parts for the two decks are noted for that part such as blades: 38" one part number, 42" another. I would believe you have a 42" deck and blades for a 38".

Wed May 26, 2004 5:19 am

Damn thought I had it figured out I will see about getting some pics they say they are worth a thousand words. In the meantime is there anything I could look for to help me out?

Wed May 26, 2004 8:01 am

If the deck does not have cast iron ends, including the mount points for the outer spindels, then a 42" deck is just a bit over 48" [48-3/8] wide from side to side, and a 38" is about 44", not including any bolt on grass deflector or extention. I don't have the sizes of the earlier cast iron end deck's, but sizes would be similar even though they have a deflector/blade guard cast as part of the right end.

Wed May 26, 2004 2:11 pm

OK, here we go.....
38" CI (cast iron) deck.
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42" deck.
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I hope this clears it up a little.

Wed May 26, 2004 8:16 pm

it looks as though I do have a 42" deck I sure do appreciate all the help on figuring this out Thanks. :D