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#1 Greasy6020 ONLINE  

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Posted January 13, 2016 - 11:32 AM

I'd like something to cut green feed for the chickens and to make "silage" (compost pile) with my friends.

The build should go something like this: take the handles off a push mower. Fab a drawbar from tthe handles and re rig the controls to the end of the on a handle at 90 degrees to the drawbar. The discharge will be a floor vent attached to the mower discharge connected to pvc pipe. That will be connected to a blower from a bagger off of a mower deck. There will be a snowblower discharge hooked up to the blower. In the end it should be about 4' at the discharge of the snowblower.

Clear as mud?
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Posted January 13, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Much simpler to get a bagger set up for a riding mower with the blower attachment and your done.  The bagger for the JD mowers have the blower and by using Gator Blades the clippings are cut up fairly fine and all you would have to do is dump the bags when full.  The more often you mow the shorter the clippings will be.


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Posted January 13, 2016 - 02:28 PM

but that's too simple... I would like to work with what I have and minimize spending. The idea is to copy that idea but have it pull behind and have a self contained power unit so it is similar to the pull behind choppers that the local dairy farmers use for silage.

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Posted January 13, 2016 - 03:01 PM

If you want cheap and easy... push mower with a bagger. I used to get clover for the pig that way


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Posted January 13, 2016 - 04:03 PM

Sounds complicated. I bought a used lawn sweeper to pick up the clippings.


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Posted January 13, 2016 - 04:22 PM

You guys all have good suggestions... I guess the lawn deeper sounds like a good option

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Posted January 13, 2016 - 04:56 PM

If you want cheap and easy... push mower with a bagger. I used to get clover for the pig that way

I use to do the same thing for the pigs,chickens and rabbits. Works great I make my nieces and nephews push mow.


Edited by bbuckler, January 13, 2016 - 04:57 PM.

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Posted January 13, 2016 - 05:33 PM

Just mount a sickle bar mower on the front of your snowblower  buddy drives beside with trailer to catch the clippings  then 2 people can have fun 


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Posted January 13, 2016 - 07:00 PM

Greasy6020 remember that Red Greens' methods are for humor, not to follow. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted January 14, 2016 - 04:40 AM

 this summer I bought a agri-fab mower vac that blows the chopped  grass or leaves in to attached wagon my wife's horses loves when I start up my mower.  last month I bought a cub cadet chipper schreader that mounts to the front of a cub. I have not yet used it but should work well


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Posted January 14, 2016 - 09:13 AM

Makes sense for the mow n vac except the price

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Posted January 15, 2016 - 04:14 AM

the guy I bought the agri-fab vac from only charged me $500 I have been looking for one of these for years lucky I guess


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