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#1 poncho62 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 02:46 PM

Last year I built this tow behind mower .......

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I have this hill up to the road across my yard....has a guard rail at the top so I cant cut downwards on it and its too steep to go sideways......Today, I adapted the tow behind mower to mount on the front of my tractor, so I can push it up the hill.....I can get most of the way up with it.....saves on doing it with the string trimmer.....

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 03:22 PM

Nice conversion. Looks very handy to me, and way better that a string trimmer.
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Posted May 18, 2011 - 04:13 PM

Hey, if it does the job, then its real neat. Great job of using the ole brain, Poncho. GIT-R-DONE.

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 08:03 PM

Looks pretty good there, why can't you go all the way up? Traction?

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 11:18 PM

Looks great once the wedding is over I will be building something similar I really like the front mount.
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Posted May 19, 2011 - 05:10 AM

Looks pretty good there, why can't you go all the way up? Traction?


Thats the problem....The tires have liquid in them (60 lbs)....need a bit more, or better grip I guess

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 05:29 AM

Just out of curiosity, what type of clutch system is between the mower motor and deck? Or is there one? My deck has numerous problems, mounts re welded crooked and rollers about to fall off. It would be a good candidate for a pull behind. Spindles seem to be okay.

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 05:33 AM

Just out of curiosity, what type of clutch system is between the mower motor and deck? Or is there one? My deck has numerous problems, mounts re welded crooked and rollers about to fall off. It would be a good candidate for a pull behind. Spindles seem to be okay.


The black lever you can see in the first pic tightens a belt from the engine to the top center pulley on the deck....Took a bit of experimenting to get it to work....not much room under there.

I need to work a bit on the rear wheels...they dont swivel, so its not turning well....I am thinking about putting the rollers back on the deck...at least they will slide sideways
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Posted May 19, 2011 - 06:12 AM

I can understand about the wheels not swiveling, you did build it as a pull behind. Swiveling wasn't a problem then. How about something similar to what is on the front? If you had them attached where the rears are now, you would still have the up/down adjustment for cutting height there.
After my last post, I got the crazy idea of using the PTO shaft for the tiller to run the mower. I would need a 90 degree gearbox and swivel wheels on the deck. But it could be made to work that way. PTO spins at engine speed.
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Posted May 19, 2011 - 06:18 AM

Yeah...was thinking about swivel wheels for the back too....but I only had the one....and I am a cheap b*stard.....lol

If the rollers dont work well, I will have to look around for some swivel casters.....It only has to go back and forth up the hill, just getting it lined up is a pain,

The PTO idea is a good one.......
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Posted May 19, 2011 - 06:53 AM

Looks great!

May want to watch going up that hill with that engine. That's a pretty steep grade and all the oil is running back to the piston, hate to see you have a problem.

Should be OK, better than having it run the other way.

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 07:33 AM

:thumbs:That's a nice pull behind you made and now it's even better !!!:thumbs:

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 12:05 PM

That is one cool idea.

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Posted May 19, 2011 - 01:24 PM

Just found a deck on C-list 42" wide. Hope you dont mind but I am borrowing this idea. I am thinking about making it a draw bar pull. Something I can pull behind me off to one side and have it cut as well as the mower deck on my GT. What HP rating motor do you have on the Deck. Thinking about buying a chinese cheapo to see if it will work.
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Posted May 19, 2011 - 04:47 PM

The engine is a 10 hp B&S....the part that it is mounted to is the front part of a frame from an old MTD tractor.....which makes the belt arrangement easy to do.......I should have took more pics when I was fabbing it........but of course didnt think of it at the time

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