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#1 Toolpartzman OFFLINE  

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Posted March 20, 2012 - 01:57 PM

I'm posting this prematurely perhaps but only because the first trial was successful in spite of needing some improvements.
Curiously , where I was confident that it would perform it failed . Where I thought it would fail it performed flawlessly !! I did manage to get the 446 Home.

The only in-action pic I could get is at a bottle-neck, where we had to remove the deck. The owner(shown) said "Take good care of that deck, Its worth a $1000" . I said "Would you give $500 for it today?". I'm still awaiting his answer !!" :bounce: :bounce:

In cramped quarters-the zero-turn was a real help and i could move normal GTs pretty much with ease. Some wheel spinning but overall OK. Then I tackled the 446 (full of confidence) stuck in mud and with the added weight of the deck (I had forgotten it had a heavy deck) it was too much for the hoist and bent the temporary frame mount. However once I got the 446 pointed towards me and on solid ground, I could pull as fast/slow as I wanted and the hydro pumps/wheel motors never once popped relief. It came out of there like a chick following a mother hen !!!

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Edited by Toolpartzman, March 20, 2012 - 03:39 PM.

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Posted March 20, 2012 - 03:12 PM

Lots of these walk-behinds can be picked-up pretty cheap and IMO they make a great tool. I have a pic somewhere with my grader blade mtd. The power unit (Engine, drive wheel assy and controls) are separate from the front deck and caster frame, and practically anything can be bolted on in its place: Log splitter? , etc, etc.

Mine is a 20 year-old Gravely 303-50 Hydro-Pro that I bought from insurance salvage that fell-off its trailer. The damage was mostly on left-hand pistol-grip controls which I re-manufactured. This particular machine is nothing short of a BRUTE. If my memory serves the power unit is about 450LBS. Two variable pumps each drive the rear hydraulic motors. The factory mounted a heat exchanger over the engine fan shroud for heat disapation. Anyone who can spell hydraulics knows better than to do that. I relocated it at the rear, below the dash with its own fan.

Anything over minimum forward swash plate angle will slap leave you standing. The engine is a '95 16 HP Vanguard.

The hoist is from Northern Tools that I bought used and with this success, I will add a winch, but frankly KennyP and Amigitec have some simple square-tube pick-up hoists with winch that would work just as well. See Kennys Dec '11 Post "Another Use for HF Hoist"
THANKS Goes To Kenny for planting this Idea !!

Edited by Toolpartzman, March 20, 2012 - 04:20 PM.

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Posted March 20, 2012 - 04:20 PM

Lee,nice to see that you got the 446 home. :thumbs:
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 04:23 PM

Lee,nice to see that you got the 446 home. :thumbs:

And thanks to you Maynard for your help !! Looks better here than in the mud.
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 04:56 PM

Very cool retrieval unit. Only thing that would make it better is a remote control. :laughingteeth:

Thanks for the pics, that looks like a fun day.
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 05:05 PM

Glad it worked for you, Lee. A whole lot better than manhandling it. Now you know where the weak points are. Good luck with all of them.
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 05:20 PM

Just a great set up on that hoist, much more mobile than my 6 steel casters! A great lookin' 446 to have retrieved. A great day all around I would say!

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Posted March 20, 2012 - 05:39 PM

Now that is clever, really clever. Nice 446 too.
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 05:48 PM

Mighty fine retrieval! The 446 is a beast of a tractor.
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 06:01 PM

Cool 446, now you need the Onan :)
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 06:46 PM

Thanks guys for the kind words. I promise to try to have better pics when I snatch the 442. Its deeper in the hole and I'll weld up a proper hoist mount for the Gravely.

Another great thing about this set-up is that the hoist doesn't interfere with the deck in place. This means that if you have GTs in the yard, you can just drive up to one, lift it it up and MOW UNDER IT!!
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 07:04 PM

Very cool Lee.
That would be a real handy rig to have around.

Nice score on the 446 too.
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 07:10 PM

Way to Cool and Proud you got this one home. ( those decks are HIGH)
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 08:02 PM

Nifty device you made there Lee, I too like the idea of remote control hydraulics, then you could lift it, mow underneath, and put it back with out leaving the controls. :thumbs: :thumbs:
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Posted March 20, 2012 - 08:16 PM

LOL I love your lifting rig! what a great idea! Nice score on the 446! Good luck with it :thumbs:
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