blades on a deere riding mower hitting the shroud
We ran over a small stump with our John Deere LA120 the other day which was a bad idea. Now when we engage the mower assembly and the blades start spinning, both blades hit the side of the shroud assembly (or whatever you call the metal cover that covers the blades) as they spin. We got a new set of blades hoping that the blades just got warped, but alas the problem persists even with a new set of blades.
Our guess is that the shafts that hold the blades got bent. Seems odd to have them both go at once, but maybe that's what happens when you hit a stump.
1) Does a bent shaft seem likely to be the issue here? Are there other possibilities we should consider?
2) We live about 50 miles from the nearest service shop and don't have a truck to transport the mower. Is it possible to remove the mower assembly (which we could fit into a car) and just bring that to the shop? Or are they likely to need the whole mower?
Obviously we'd like to get this fixed as cheaply as possible, and we're pretty handy so we can do some work on the mower ourselves to save some $$. Thanks for any thoughts!