3260A mower deck tension

Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:13 am

My father is replacing the tension spring on his 3260A mower deck. He is having trouble getting the new spring on. Has anyone else ever replaced one of these? Any tips you could give that would help him? I would really appreciate it.

Re: 3260A mower deck tension

Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:38 pm

Put the spring on first, then put the belt on. It's easier that way. Less blood.

Re: 3260A mower deck tension

Thu Jun 17, 2010 4:18 pm

An old "farmboy" trick for installing springs - take thin nails (like 6d box nails) and drive sideways thru the coil and back out the other side. Do this with 10 or 15 nails and the spring will "grow" in length. Insert spring. Then pull each nail back out to shorten spring back to original length.
Not pretty - not book recommended; but will work when you don't have a proper tool.
Hope that this helps you, NJDale

Re: 3260A mower deck tension

Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:19 pm

I use a 18" adjustable wrench to turn the lever the ilder pulley is on so the belt can be installed on the ilder pulley. I just turn the lever so it clears the pulley. The longer 18" adjustable wrench gives us more mechanical advantage with the spring. I do this on all my IH decks wether its a cub cadet or the int154's 3260 decks.

Re: 3260A mower deck tension

Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:13 pm

When my spring broke i welded up a piece of angle to hold the straight spring 6" long and i welded a stud to the lever and used a snowplow trip spring adjustable eye bolt to adjust my belt tention. I'm no longer tied to IH for replacement parts. Now i can adjust the spring tention so the lever doesn't bounce so much.

Re: 3260A mower deck tension

Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:02 pm

Thanks everyone for your help. My dad was able to use your various techniques to get the new spring on!