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Posted April 04, 2010 - 01:46 PM

This is my main grass cutter, made in the 80s?, 60" cut, 18hp, hydrostatic drive, very tight turning and has proven it self many times over the years. I use it 4 to 6hrs a week during the cutting season, it's noisy and a fast grass cutter. Could use a bit more power, this motor really works hard. Aside from electrical problems (broken wires) a reliable grass cutter. You will never roll or tip this thing over but if you get it stuck in a ditch the garden tractors not going to get you out, go get the truck.

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Posted April 04, 2010 - 03:34 PM

That's a well built unit for sure! Built like a tank.
Here's my main cutter. JD F935. Bought it at school auction for $450. Had it running in a few minutes once home. Hydro charge pump was shot, so bought a used JD318 pump off ebay for parts (new gyrotor set $270!). Promptly chewed the "new used" charge gears. Then I found the relief valve had been tinkered with. Repaired that & ordered another used unit & she's going strong ever since. Have $650 in it. 26hp Yanmar diesel 3 cylinder. Engine was replacement and low hours. Uses no oil. 72" cut, so makes quick work of the area around barns & silage pits. Put ags on it & now she climbs anything!
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Posted April 04, 2010 - 03:39 PM

Ya what you have there is 1 or 2 steps up from mine.

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Posted April 04, 2010 - 06:25 PM

I did have one very similar to yours...a YR60 Yazoo 3 wheeled. I bought it simply for the engine as the rest was pretty much shot. It also had the 5' deck like yours, and setup almost identical, except the Yazoo had steering wheel, and do I see power steering on yours? The twin Wisconsin off the Yazoo now resides in my Bush Hog JBI.

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Posted April 04, 2010 - 06:29 PM

Is that single rear wheel steering ?

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Posted April 04, 2010 - 07:26 PM

Is that single rear wheel steering ?


Yes it is when you turn sharp the inside wheel stops turning (pivots around) like a skid-steer does. Rear wheel goes to almost a 90deg angle to the front wheels. Operates by a cable.

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Posted April 04, 2010 - 07:39 PM

Oh, I see now, what I thought might be a cylinder is a large spring. After you mentioned it, I can see the tiller cables now.

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Posted April 04, 2010 - 07:54 PM

The spring lifts up on the front of the deck, makes it a bit lighter and puts more weight on the drive wheels. The lever on the right side lifts the deck also, if you start to loose traction you pull on the lever, lifts the front deck wheels right off the ground and puts even more weight on the drive wheels.

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Posted April 04, 2010 - 08:40 PM

Doug that thing looks like it would be pretty fun cruising around to cut the grass with and I am sure it helps cut down on the mowing time. I have often thought about getting another old zero turn just for mowing duties and the old girls can be trailer queens but then that isn't much fun LOL I would still have to use them for other things.

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Posted April 04, 2010 - 09:19 PM

She noisy, I wear ear protection when I'm on it, it was made to go around corners, this type is the closest thing you'll find to a zero turn machine.

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Posted May 01, 2010 - 07:26 PM

Used this thing for the first time this year, grass a bit long but it does what it was made for cut grass.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 08:24 PM

Got a flat tire on this thing yesterday all the tires are so so, weather cracked, one of the drive tires is not to bad.
Question Can you put a 18 9.50 8" tire on a 6" wide rim? Original size is 18 6.50 8", I have 2 brand new 18 9.50 8" tires with no use for thought I'd put these on the drives and take the best old tire for the rear.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 08:38 PM

Sure you can mount them, but the tread likely will be curved instead of a flatter footprint.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 08:49 PM

I guess you could play with the air pressure a bit to make them rounder or flatter, it's cheaper than buying new ones so I might as well try it.

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Posted May 17, 2010 - 08:55 PM

I guess you could play with the air pressure a bit to make them rounder or flatter, it's cheaper than buying new ones so I might as well try it.


Oh I'd definitely try them if it were me. Saving $'s is always in my plan! Besides, they may not round bad anyway.




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