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Gravely Powered Sweeper.....make It Fit Jd400?

400 brush broom quick hitch gravely

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#16 Utah Smitty OFFLINE  

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Posted March 28, 2014 - 03:12 PM

  You need to come on over some time and see it and the L3E.  Summer is coming up and the 400 needs a new heart ASAP!

Yeah, I want to do that this weekend.  I got a new tube put into the flat front tire on the Broyhill lawn truck and I'm filling it with RV anti-freeze for ballast as we speak.  Also got the new fuel tank installed.  Next I need to get the hitch hooked up.... I've got the mounting plate fabbed for the front of the machine, I'm just not sure how I want to hook things up to it. 

 

The things I plan to use on the front of this is a de-thathcher, a mower--like a zero turn with casters, and a small snow blow--it's not strong enough to handle something really big, but a 10 or 12 inch should be fine.  The mounting plate is 16" wide, though in retrospect I could have made it wider at the front end as the curve is on the inside of the lift frame... anyway... I'm kind of leaning towards something like the JD quick hitch, though most JD accessories would be too heavy for it...

 

So, as soon as this last gallon of A/F siphons into the front tire, I'll be going at the hitch--it'll probably take me the rest of today, but there's always tomorrow.  I also want to bring my Mitsi radiator down so you can use it to test run your machine, etc.

 

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Posted March 28, 2014 - 04:11 PM

tommorrow will be fine, just till 12;30 or so



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Posted May 05, 2014 - 11:26 PM

Ok, so I am gearing up to replace the brushes on bathe sweeper. It's a square tubed drive,with brushes roughly 6" long, I think maybe they could be 8-10" new?
I have looked at a couple of sites
http://www.zarnothbr...TubeBrooms.aspx

http://www.sesco-smi...street-sweepers

http://www.fiberbuil...ravelyTube.html

I have to replace the stamped bearings, four total, as well as the chain, but the brushes are first.

Any thoughts?

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Posted October 24, 2014 - 08:57 PM

SO begins the mod to fit the sweeper on my 400.

First took the old gravely mount off, and made two mounts.  One on top and on below.

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The gap is approx 8 1/2" so it should be just fine for a custom JD quick mount.

 

Next is the basic idea for the driveshaft.  I found out that the pto on the 400 turns CW and the gravely (to work properly) turns CCW.  So I will have to flip the gearbox and setup on the sweeper.

 

So back to the shaft.  Went to my local dealer hoping to metal bin dip, but they just emptied it, bummer.  So I had to ask if they had anything in the shop, score!  He gave me two 15 tooth quick connects and a broken shaft.  I plan to cut the shaft to lenght, then make sure there is some, approx 1 1/2" play for hook up and when the sweeper is raised or lowered.

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Posted October 24, 2014 - 08:59 PM

Pivot will be based off of the old pivot adjustment.
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I plan to also cut some extra off the top shield to allow a farther travel to raise and lower since it will be fixed based off of the L to R movement.

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Posted October 29, 2014 - 07:39 AM

Oh boy, I made a drivshaft out of two old pieces I got from the JD dealer and hooked it up.  Guess waht, it runs!!!!!

 

I will get the video up later today, and get the tac speed. 

 

Am I looking at a 300 price tag for a new set of brushes?  44" long 18" dia. :(


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Posted October 29, 2014 - 09:54 AM

Glad it worked!



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Posted October 31, 2014 - 06:04 PM

Sorry I havnt posted much on this.  I have been using the sweeper, making changes here and there. 

Driveshaft was made out of two old, broken ones in the scrap bin at a local JD dealer.

 

 

I figured the overall lenght, and allowed 2 " of play for expansion to mount.  The one end was cut just enough to engage the square internal hub.  It was later welded to the u joint.  The other cut to lenght

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All done, mounted and spinning.

I have up and down, but no left or right.  I will get that figured out next week.

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