BrainStorm for fixing lawn mower deck
I am looking for something to replace my battery mower and looking for a cheap gas mower. The LC221RH is a beast of a machine compared to the mowers. I plan to give one away to a family member.
The engines run, but both have a similar issue the deck is starting to rust out / fail where the engine mounts. As we can see here the mounts have been repaired in the past.
Close inspection shows the the mount point broke, cracked more from stress, motor vibration than rust.
Having never attempted a welding patch repair before, ( I have small flux core wire feed welder) I am wondering what the best approach would be for a fix.
My idea to distribute the vibrations on a bigger surface would be cut two rings out of .14 GA steel, ( that the thickness of mower deck) then weld each ring one on top side and other bottom side. I would have shop cut the rings
A local welding shop quoted my around $100 to fix one mower deck, seems high to me.