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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted June 18, 2012 - 05:11 PM

I went out and helped a friend get his grass back under control yesterday. Got about 1-1/2 hrs seat time. That was great. Found a couple things he just gave to me. First, my son was needing a push mower. He had one that had been sitting for a while, told me to take it if I wanted. Brought that home and got it running this afternoon. Not real pretty, but it works!
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I had to order a new fuel tank for it as this one leaks.
The other item is a 46" deck from I think a Yardman mower. Thinking about making it into a self-powered pull behind. Lots to think about, a small patch to put in. But the spindles seem good and the blades are near new. Here it is:
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Posted June 18, 2012 - 05:14 PM

Pretty nice Kenny. It's always good to recycle someone's scrap if you can. Looks like a decent candidate for a tow behind build.
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Posted June 18, 2012 - 05:23 PM

I think it would be. Just need to find a 10+HP donor motor, vertical shaft, to run it. Thinking about making it a 3-point hook-up for Big Bertha to pull around. Then I would have something for high grass, yet be able to drop it down for a finish mow.

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Posted June 18, 2012 - 07:09 PM

Sounds like a great day Kenny. Help someone out and be given some good items in return. That's an interesting project. It shouldn't be too hard to come up with a vertical shaft engine for that.

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Posted June 18, 2012 - 07:20 PM

You can't beat the price! Why did they cut a section out of the back of that deck? I've been toying with the idea of biulding a self powered mower for my son to pull behind his Bantam. I have a 42" deck off an old Craftsman. If you decide to biuld it, I'll be looking forward to seeing how you do it. :thumbs:

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Posted June 18, 2012 - 08:10 PM

That is cool Kenny. I'll be looking with interest when you start to build that pull behind.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 04:43 AM

Matt, haven't a clue why that was cut out. I have a deck shell that I can cut a piece out to fill that in. I will need to make some swivel casters for the rear that would be adjustable for height, probably take the others off. Thinking to make it cut 4" for first pass, then drop it to 2"+/- for a final cut. That could change, though. I'm hoping a 10 HP would be enough to run just the deck.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 04:48 AM

I think I would offset it a bit, so you mow with both the GT and the Pull behind at the same time.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 05:22 AM

Pat, I don't have a deck for the GTV.That's why I was thinking of using it on the 3-point. But that could be done as a direct tow behind. Have to make 4 casters then. Maybe set it up to use either way? Hmmmmm?

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 05:29 AM

On the push mower, got it running. Had to order a gas tank for it, has a split in the bottom. Just spread some plastic glue on it for now so I could mess with it. My son will be happy to have it. Took a bit to get the float set right, started out with it level when inverted, that was too high, had gas coming out the breather side. Kept adjusting it down until that quit. Sputters some, I'll put some Seafoam in it when the new tank arrives. I'll pull the blade and sharpen it today!

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 05:34 AM

Kenny, I have a 3.75 hp briggs motor from a power washer you can experiment with. It runs perfect. The pump is no good on it. It ain't 10 hp but still something to start with, if you want it. I am going to try to use the wheeled frame from it as a welder cart for my old lincoln welder.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 06:08 AM

Not sure if it would run this deck. Takes a bit to turn it by hand, but it hasn't been run for a while either. And getting into tall grass may bog it. Plus getting it here to use.

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 06:37 AM

Kenny, looks like a good candidate for what you're planning. If you decide to make it offset, be very careful what you bump... Those decks are thin enough that a birdbath could make it junk and there went your time in building it.

I'm sure a good 10 would run it. Less if you're not brush hogging ;)



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Posted June 19, 2012 - 06:57 AM

Alan, this thing is built pretty stout. Not sure if I want to pick up the whole thing by myself. Pretty heavy! I'll get a thickness on the metal later today.


Went out and measured the thickness of the deck. It's just under 1/8", .115"+/-.

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Posted June 23, 2012 - 10:53 AM

Wow, that's a good one. Should do you a fine job.
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