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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 06:36 PM

I was hoping to be able to clean and paint the engine at this time but the weather hasn't been warm enough to take it outside and clean it off.

So I decided to figure out just how I'm going to mount the reel mowers.
These reels were set up as a tow behind unit.
The front mower has a crossbar bolted to the top of it and the two rear mowers attach to it.

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The Bolens Ridemaster had three reel mowers that all attached to the tool arm on the tractor.
I had thought about mounting these the same way on the Bean Cutler so I set them in place to see how they would fit.

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Unfortunately, these will not work with all three mowers mounted to the Bean Cutler.
The main frame on the Bean Cutler is about 6 inches shorter than the frame on the Ridemaster.
Because this frame is shorter, the mowers will not clear the front counter weight and the rear wheels when they are raised up.
They also wouldn't have enough room to rotate when turning the tractor.

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So I'm going to mount one mower on the tool bar and have it ride in-between the rear wheels.
Then I can mount the crossbar out the back like a rear bumper and the two rear mowers can still hook to it.

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The front mower can be lifted off the ground by the tool bar for transporting.
The rear mowers have a latch that holds the reel up off the ground for transporting.

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I've had these two pieces of machined square tube laying around for as long as I can remember and have never found a use for them.
They fit over the tool bar good so I decided to use them for the mower mounts.
I drilled and tapped two holes in each one for set screws and mounted them on the tool bar.

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Then I bent up a "V" out of 1-1/2x3/8 strap steel and made up two mounting brackets out of angle iron.

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The mounting brackets are welded to the underside of the square tube.

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The pieces of square tube were mounted back on the tool bar and the "V" bracket was bolted to them.

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The reel mower will be attached to this bracket.

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Links to FMC Bean Cutler

A- http://gardentractor...mc-bean-cutler/

B- http://gardentractor...-bean-cutler-1/

http://gardentractor...n-cutler-12328/

-1 http://gardentractor...-bean-cutler-1/

-2 http://gardentractor...-bean-cutler-2/

-3 http://gardentractor...-bean-cutler-3/

-4 http://gardentractor...-bean-cutler-4/

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Edited by jdcrawler, February 29, 2012 - 06:38 PM.


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Posted February 29, 2012 - 07:00 PM

I love the way you walk us through the whole decision making process Ray! It makes me feel like I was there with you while you worked on it. Thanks for the great ride Ray!
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 07:05 PM

I love the way you walk us through the whole decision making process Ray! It makes me feel like I was there with you while you worked on it. Thanks for the great ride Ray!


I agree
Its great being able to follow along with you during your rebuilding threads.
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 07:15 PM

I can only agree with the last two posts, Ray. They didn't leave much room for things to say. Thanks for taking us through this decision.
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 07:26 PM

There is nothing for me to say that hasn't been said already, great job, Ray!
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 09:15 PM

Ray, I didn't realize the frame length was different, but it looks like you can up with a great solution that keeps it navigable and not a mile long. Great work yet again. One question though, is the first one mounted solid to the V to prevent it from turning independent of the rear half, or does it turn? Also won't it have to float for going over mounds and through dips?
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 10:21 PM

is the first one mounted solid to the V to prevent it from turning independent of the rear half, or does it turn? Also won't it have to float for going over mounds and through dips?

The mower unit is close enough to being in-line with the rear wheels that it will just follow along and not turn by itself.
The mounting straps up to the "V" will allow it to be able to float.
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 10:26 PM

Looking great Ray, great idear on tow type, thanks for walking us through it.
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 10:26 PM

Ray that set of reels looks just like a set I have except mine are red.
Good stuff on the tractor when it's all done and pulling the reels, cutting grass for sure it's people going to take a second look.
Good Stuff.
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Posted March 01, 2012 - 01:31 AM

Looks good Ray. The only question I have is if the rear mowers can be spread out some to give a wider cut or would you want that?
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Posted March 01, 2012 - 01:51 AM

Ray do the reel mowers on the ridemaster turn with the tractor?
Does the bean cutler have a float like the Ridemaster?
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Posted March 01, 2012 - 05:22 AM

Looks like a good solution for getting the mowers hooked up. Thanks for walking us through it.
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Posted March 01, 2012 - 05:38 AM

Man,when you miss a day,Ray goes into overdrive. That is looking great. :thumbs:
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Posted March 01, 2012 - 08:17 AM

The only question I have is if the rear mowers can be spread out some to give a wider cut or would you want that?

If I move them out wider they won't overlap the front mower and will leave uncut strips in the lawn.


Ray do the reel mowers on the ridemaster turn with the tractor?
Does the bean cutler have a float like the Ridemaster?

Yes, the two mowers on the tool bar turn with the Ridemaster tractor.
You can't make real sharp turns with the mowers on the ground but the mowers do turn enough to weave in and out of spots with out the mower wheels scuffing the lawn.
They turn about as much as I have the mower unit rotated in the photo of them setting under the tractor.
They are also designed so that if you raise the mowers up while you are in a turn, the mower units will automatically return to the straight position.

Unfortunately the tool bar on the Bean cutler does not float.

Edited by jdcrawler, March 01, 2012 - 04:39 PM.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 04:39 PM

The rear of the "V" bar gets a hook welded on it for lifting the mower unit.

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The square tube mounts have another bracket welded on each of them.
These are for bolting on the front of the steel straps that will control the mower.

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I made up the two steel straps that will attach the mower to the tool bar.
The round bar is a cross bar support that will keep the mower from drifting sideways into the rear axle bars.

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After the parts are primed, I assembled them back on the tractor and hooked the mower up to them.

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With the tool bar down, there is clearance between the hook and the mower rod.
This allows the mower to move up or down freely.
With the mower set in-between the rear wheels, it will be running over the same ground that the rear wheels do so the mower itself won't be moving up or down by itself very much.

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When the tool bar is raised, the whole mower unit is lifted off the ground.

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