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#1 stiemmy ONLINE  

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Posted July 05, 2017 - 08:04 PM

I decided to mount my grader blade today. I got most of the hardware from our friends @ Fastenal, and had a little idear!?!?

I figured since I had to bush the rear bracket anyway, I got to wondering if both the PTO, and blade would fit.

I used brass bushings as they are easier for me to cut at this time, and once I figured out that I had to offset the blade to clear the rear universal, I was off to cutting. Pretty sure Bolens never intended on both being used at the same time, but, they fit.

There are a few extra bolts in the rear axle tabs to assist in the mockup of both units for now.

The whole setup is just about done, I just need a longer 3/4 Clevis pin on the left side to complete the project.

As you can clearly see, the center bracket for the PTO is something I had to fabri-cobble. I made it out of scraps, and its ok, but, I probably would have done it differently if I had the materials.

There are zero clearance issues between the two, I ran the PTO, I did cycle the blade, and I have to say that I'm pleased with the outcome. Oh, almost forgot!!! The blade front mount has plenty of adjustment, so running the blade a little offset isn't an issue.

Hope I can find the right sized 3/4" Clevis pin tomorrow as the one on the left is just a tad short, and this will be going with me to the show this weekend.

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Edited by stiemmy, July 05, 2017 - 08:43 PM.

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Posted July 05, 2017 - 09:24 PM

looking good, & not to be pessimistic on you here but, I have a question or two. That looks like the 540 pto, and was meant for the trencher or post hole digger attachments to my understanding...that said, both hooked up into the same tabs, as will the 3 point draft arms if you want to use the pto and 3 point at the same time, which I've been told you cannot do with that pto. Sooo, what do you plan on using that pto with? Again, not meaning to be drag here, maybe I just don't envision what you're trying to do. Maybe it's me & I can't see it in the pictures.
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Posted July 06, 2017 - 06:42 AM

Nice job on the engineering. I love that mid mount scraper blade.


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 07:30 AM

Neat installation but I will take my 3 point blade over a mid mount any time.  Quick on and off and it is all up and in the open where I can get at them. 


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 03:45 PM

looking good, & not to be pessimistic on you here but, I have a question or two. That looks like the 540 pto, and was meant for the trencher or post hole digger attachments to my understanding...that said, both hooked up into the same tabs, as will the 3 point draft arms if you want to use the pto and 3 point at the same time, which I've been told you cannot do with that pto. Sooo, what do you plan on using that pto with? Again, not meaning to be drag here, maybe I just don't envision what you're trying to do. Maybe it's me & I can't see it in the pictures.

Thank you.

The PTO could also be used on a woods RM59 mower, and drive light duty stationary farm equipment that didn't require a 3 point.

I would have mounted one, or the other on my 1455, but it was last minute decision to take it along, but Im not changing them now as I leave tomorrow.

The only reason for mounting the two on there is mostly for the show. While this setup works, I still would run them separately depending on what I was doing.

The reason I chose these is, I didn't want really big honkin attachments to take up valuable real estate on the trailer:)

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Posted July 06, 2017 - 03:58 PM

Nice job on the engineering. I love that mid mount scraper blade.


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 03:58 PM

Neat installation but I will take my 3 point blade over a mid mount any time.  Quick on and off and it is all up and in the open where I can get at them.


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 04:00 PM

Thank you.
The PTO could also be used on a woods RM59 mower, and drive light duty stationary farm equipment that didn't require a 3 point.
I would have mounted one, or the other on my 1455, but it was last minute decision to take it along, but Im not changing them now as I leave tomorrow.
The only reason for mounting the two on there is mostly for the show. While this setup works, I still would run them separately depending on what I was doing.
2 reasons I chose these are, 1. they aren't really common attachements, 2. I didn't want really big honkin attachments to take up valuable real estate on the trailer:)

Don't wanna be a drag on your plan either but the rm59 mower is three point mount and spins at 2000 rpm in The counterclockwise direction.
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Posted July 06, 2017 - 04:04 PM

They make both actually.

You're not a drag lol, don't plan on runnin one anyway!!!


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Posted July 06, 2017 - 04:30 PM

Thank you.

The PTO could also be used on a woods RM59 mower, and drive light duty stationary farm equipment that didn't require a 3 point.

I would have mounted one, or the other on my 1455, but it was last minute decision to take it along, but Im not changing them now as I leave tomorrow.

The only reason for mounting the two on there is mostly for the show. While this setup works, I still would run them separately depending on what I was doing.

The reason I chose these is, I didn't want really big honkin attachments to take up valuable real estate on the trailer:)

That makes sense to me, ty for the explanation why you did it. Love the blade tho... I hope to find one myself some day. Have fun at the show.
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Posted July 06, 2017 - 04:34 PM

Thank you.

I am sure it will be a blast!!

Seems my buddies trailer might be an issue, so we might have to find something else quick today.....ugh.
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Posted July 06, 2017 - 07:32 PM

Don't know if we secured a trailer yet, this maybe the only 1 I bring?

Anywho, here's a little test of the blade, and my new GoPro cam mount. I love the angle on the last shot, hope you all do to!!!


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Posted July 07, 2017 - 05:19 AM

Looks like it's working good!


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