New mowing deck for old Craftsman tractor needed

I would like to purchase a new mowing deck. Sears doesn't sell them as far as I can tell from sears.com. These things seem fairly universal. Can someone tell me where to look? TIA.
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Not universal at all. Find out which contractor made your particular Sears. They used different manufacturers at different times. And see if the deck model number has a manufacturers conversion number. Actually the tractor could be made by a different outfit that made the deck. Be prepared to spend almost as much for a replacement deck as you can buy a new machine for at year end sale prices.
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on 10/4/2007 2:53 PM Srgnt Billko said the following:

Not quite that much, but it will cost between $300 and $400 for a replacement. I checked on replacing mine (Murray) on an Agway tractor.
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Replacement DECK.MOWER SERV. 46 For Sears , AYP , husqvarna # 166211
Buy new: $666.90 $635.14
Replacement MOWER DECK. COMPLET For Sears , AYP , husqvarna # 169583
Buy new: $434.95 $414.24
2 Used from $399.00
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Srgnt Billko wrote:

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http://www.milacalawn.com/parts.asp
use the shop online parts look up. after I find something of interest say for example the parts diagram for my 1986 year model White GT1810 Garden Tractor's steering I can save the exploded parts view to my PC then share it with anyone to aid in the discussion of how to set the toe in.
from their pages for quick reference to my page. http://personalpages.bellsouth.net/t/h/theplanter/GT1810-steering.html
or people can just use the http://www.milacalawn.com/parts.asp page to find parts for their machine.
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Stubby wrote:

http://www3.sears.com
Search for your mower by model number. They do indeed sell the complete deck unit for mid age models.. I could get a whole new one for mine and it's a 90's.
Take mine for example, a model 917.255450... Under the product selection list shows a selection for "42" MOWER DECK".. Ticking the "View Part List" beside it and hitting continue pulls up the parts for the deck.
At the very end of that part list is "MOWER DECK, COMPLETE (STD DECK-ORDER MULCHER BLADE, MULCHING AND GAUGE WHEEL COMPONENTS SEPARATELY-KEY NOS. 11, 74 THRU 79 AND 80 THRU 88)" which should be the complete deck. Be sure to talk to someone at Sears to be totally sure you don't need blades or misc parts.
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