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Had to get my 448 out, remove the snowblower and set it up for mowing duty while i hunt for the right tranny for my craftsman mower. It is all hooked up and mowing fine but the (48 inch) mowing deck its at an odd angle when lifted.
The left side(as I sit on it) angles hard to the ground with the guage wheel still touching. The right side is well up off the ground. I noticed that the two forward lift links are different, one nearly straight, the other has quite the angle to it. I do have another mule drive and took a look at it. It is set up the opposite of this one. Which one is correct. Anything else i need to know to get this hanging right?
 

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Callwill, pictures would help describing your problem,, but here's my thoughts,

The lift mechanism in our tractors are parallel to each other,, the lift links, need to be the same as well so you get equal lift from both sides. Sounds to me like the lift links are the issue. Here's a simple trick to try and see if that's correct,, on the low side, the lift links are both slotted,, on the low side,, add a bolt with nut at the bottom of the slotted section,, which should give you more lift on that side.

It would be nice to know the year of tractor,, and model number of the deck you're using. Parts do vary between models,,

Pictures do help a lot for trouble shooting though,,,
 

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I just attached a 48" deck on my 444. It has two different lift links. One side is straight and the other is bent to go around hardware. The slots should be the same size in the lift links. Mine were both 4" slots. It did add bolts on both of the slots on my links to give me more lift. I adjusted the rear adjusters to make sure the deck is centered between the wheels.
I mowed my lawn yesterday which was almost completely covered with cottonwood seeds. The hydro bagger and the deck performed extremely well. My lawn never looked so good. No grass or cottonwood seed left on the lawn and no shedding of the grass. It was amazing to me how nice it looked, even my wife agreed how nice it looked.
I agree with Lionel that a few pic would help us determine where the problem is. I can also post some of my deck if it would help.

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Harry
 

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I'll use a picture of the one that Brain posted,,

Superimposed both lift links together,, ignore the off set,,

Both slots should line up with each other,, top of slot, to bottom of slot,, parallel to each other. If they aren't you likely have a mismatch set,, (won't work well)

Start with the 2 holes, that should appear as 1 hole,,, when superimposed,,

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Thanks...for some reason i was not getting any notifications of responses. Just checked. Will try to take and post pictures ASAP. BTW, i have 1 deck but 2 mule drives...
 

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The sharply angled lift link is on the right side as i sit on it. Pics taken from the front. The upper pin on the right has a "bump" built into it to give it a bit extra raise. I noticed the left side arm is virtually straight. On my extra mule drive the "straight" on still has a bit of an angle to it, but not as much as the other. Also noticed that the gauge wheel on the right sticks out an inch or two farther than the one on the left...
 

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As promised...pics View attachment 126556 View attachment 126557 View attachment 126558
The sharply angled lift link is on the right side as i sit on it. Pics taken from the front. The upper pin on the right has a "bump" built into it to give it a bit extra raise. I noticed the left side arm is virtually straight. On my extra mule drive the "straight" on still has a bit of an angle to it, but not as much as the other. Also noticed that the gauge wheel on the right sticks out an inch or two farther than the one on the left...
The extra spacer in the lift link on the left side of the tractor will definitely introduce some of the angle that you're experiencing. I admit I wouldn't expect it to be as bad as you described. But if you put the same spacer on the right side as is on the left side I think it will go a long way to alleviating the problem.

Of course you could also remove the spacer that's on the left side. But either way the two sides should match.
 

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The extra spacer in the lift link on the left side of the tractor will definitely introduce some of the angle that you're experiencing. I admit I wouldn't expect it to be as bad as you described. But if you put the same spacer on the right side as is on the left side I think it will go a long way to alleviating the problem.

Of course you could also remove the spacer that's on the left side. But either way the two sides should match.
I had to edit my description -> the pin with the lift bump is on the left side, not the right...
So today, befor mowing i took the left lift link off of both mule drives and sure enough, the one on the mule drive i was using was at least an inch longer than the other one! Swapped the links but decided to continue to use the bumped pin.
That did it, pulls up even and high on both sides and looks more centered from the front.
Thanks to all for your welcome input and helping me solve that problem. Will be posting another momentarily.
 
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