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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted March 02, 2012 - 04:51 PM

I'm managing to use up some of the oddball steel items that have been laying around for a long time and I thought I would never find a use for them.
These are bumper brackets that I had started to make back in the 70's ( I think ) and I ended up finding an original set at a swapmeet.
I'm going to use them to mount the tow bar to the rear axle bars on the tractor.

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The mounting holes in the axle bars are 3/4 inch and were used for repositioning the rear wheels.
This was one of the selling points on these and The Ridemasters.
When using the single bottom plow, one rear wheel would be set in the lowest hole and this wheel would run in the plow furrow.
The other rear wheel would be set in the upper hole and this wheel would run on the un-tilled ground.
With the rear wheels set this way, the tractor would set level when cutting the furrow instead of tilting sideways like a regular tractor.

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I don't want to use 3/4 inch bolts for mounting the tow bar brackets so I cut some pieces of steel tube to use as bushings.
These are 3/4 outside diameter with a 7/16 bore.

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The spacers fit real snug in the mounting holes.

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Corresponding holes are drilled in the brackets and they are fastened to the axle bars.

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Then I cut two pieces of angle iron and bolted them to the ends of the brackets.
These angle iron brackets will be welded to the tow bar.

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This tow bar sat horizontal like this on the front mower unit.
The 1/2 inch shaft on the "T" fitting fit thru a hole in the bottom of the bar.
The 1/2 inch shaft on the rear mower tow bar fitting then fit into the tube on the "T" fitting.

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Over time this setup wore the hole out from the "T" fitting jerking back and forth.

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I'm going to mount the tow bar in a vertical position.
I drilled the original mounting hole out so the body of the "T" fitting fit into it.
Then I welded a piece of steel plate to the open side of the tow bar and drilled a hole on center of of the original hole so the 1/2 inch shaft on the "T" fitting fit thru it.
This way the "T" fitting is now supported in two places so it won't wobble back and forth anymore.
The shaft from the rear mower tow bar fitting now fits up into the "T" fitting.

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The angle iron brackets are welded to the front side of the tow bar.

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Once everything is primed, the parts are attached back on the tractor.

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Here's how the rear movers look when attached to the tow bar.

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This shows how the rear mowers can rotate when making a turn.

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I still have a couple if things to make for this and then the mower setup will be finished.
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 05:09 PM

Wow, that is going to be one of the coolest mowers I've seen. A real head turner I think. It is looking great.
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 05:21 PM

Wow,that is looking super,Ray. :thumbs:
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 06:06 PM

Looking good! That thing will be ready in no time!
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 06:12 PM

Great progress Ray. Thanks for keeping us involved.
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 06:30 PM

Just when I thought it couldn't possibly get any better...That's great ingenuity and resourcefulness Ray! As always, I'm awed by your work! Thanks again for sharing!
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 08:26 PM

Great way to set those up Ray! You'll have it ready for the first mowing, I'd say.
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 09:57 PM

This is looking so good, what a neat set up, the quality of the build is impeccable.
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 10:06 PM

Ray, as usual, it's a great looking job so far. I love the reel mowers. Another great project.
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 10:52 PM

OK Ray, now I see how the mowers look from behind. Before when I asked if you could spread them out some I had only seen the side pictures and from that vantage point they looked as if there was a lot of over-lap. What a fantastic build you have going on, sure wish I could find something like that laying around some old farm house.
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 03:09 PM

One thing I have come to realize when operating the Ridemasters is that your feet get tired easily when they're resting on the factory foot pegs.
So I decided to put some foot boards on this Bean Cutler.
This is a pair of garden tractor foot boards that I just got off ebay.

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I shortened them up some and milled a notch in the bent over edge on each one.

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They were then welded to the top of the square tube brackets for the mower.
This make a nice comfortable foot rest for mowing.

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This is the position with the tool bar raised up.

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That finishes up the mowers.

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Posted March 03, 2012 - 03:19 PM

Nice ! i never would of thought of that.
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 06:27 PM

Cool addition of the foot rests. Very neat idea, pegs can get old after a bit. Thanks, Ray!
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 07:59 PM

Pegs are ok for a while until you need a different leg/knee angle lol. Great addition to the machine for sure. Superb job but do you have to get off to put the trailing mowers up or down?
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Posted March 03, 2012 - 10:07 PM

do you have to get off to put the trailing mowers up or down?

Yes I do, Casey.
That was the original design on the mowers and so I kept them that way.
However this tractor and mowers will never see and serious mowing time.
It ( and all my other tractors ) are mostly for taking to tractor shows.
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