I may have the chance to pick up a 50A deck and I was wondering if a 127 with a 14 horse repower would have enough power to run it? Not sure if I'd run into any further fitment issues either if anyone has input it would be much appreciated
Believe it or not, in my 147's past life, it actually ran a 50a deck. I still have the deck and mule drive. In order to properly mount the deck, my neighbor used the NF upper part of the mule drive, and then swapped the lower part of it for a later one to match the 50a deck. It appears that he took some heat to the metal bars that hold the mule drive idler pulleys and angled them inward towards the center pulley on the deck. I might be able to get some pictures of what it used to look like.
so is it doable? Yes! Will it be super easy? Probably not. But I think you could probably get it done with little trouble. One thing youd need to remember is that you'll most likely need an off size drive belt. Or maybe not, I can't say because by time I brought my 147 home that belt had deteriorated to nothing.
Thanks for the input. Kinda wondering if I'd be better off just looking for a 48 inch deck that will fit the tractor without modifications? I have heard some hate in the past for the 48s though I'm unsure what it's founded on. That would also involve finding one in usable condition.