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HAS ANYONE MADE A WALK BEHIND BUSH HOG?


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#1 farmer john OFFLINE  

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Posted June 13, 2018 - 06:54 AM

I keep seeing these commericals for a walk behind bush hog , im sure they are priced out of this world but has anyone converterd a big walk behind? I have a ferris 48 inch hydrowalk with a 17hp thats sitting around looking for something to do, i was thinking ( this is the part where i usually get into trouble) cut out the front guard and possibly fix up the blades to pivot much like the real bush hogs, put on some aggresive tires. or do you think im wrecking a perfectly good machine thanks John



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Posted June 13, 2018 - 06:59 AM

Several have in the past. I have a machine called 'Michaels Mower", which is a rough cut mower, but as far as chopping brush, I'm not sure.

I have an attachment for the front of my Simplicity/Wards walkbehinds that has swinging away blades. Again, not sure it'd cut anything much more than twigs.


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Posted June 13, 2018 - 07:17 AM

Im not looking to cut down stuff more than 1/2 in , bramble and saplings along the lines, long heavy grasses ect



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Posted June 13, 2018 - 07:46 AM

Maybe you would want to look at what Gravely had for their 2 wheel tractors to get ideas . I believe most could cut 1/2" without any trouble , some had a guard out of chain link in the front . How HD is the blade drive on yours ?


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Posted June 13, 2018 - 07:56 AM

I have a Gravely with the 30" mower, it handles tall grass real well and it can cut off small trees and ect. I have a chain guard for it but I haven't put it on yet.

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Posted June 13, 2018 - 08:31 AM

Most brush hogs have a blade that is belt/gear driven off the engine. I think if you hit something heavy with a direct drive blade, you could have some crankshaft issues.


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Posted June 13, 2018 - 09:38 AM

Swisher and the DR company both make what you are talking about, check CL and maybe sell the ferris and use the money to fund one, don't have to reinvent the wheel
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Posted June 13, 2018 - 12:58 PM

I have the DR version.  I find it's worth it's weight in gold when I need it.  It can be a handful to maneuver, converting a full size might be pretty unruly.


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Posted June 13, 2018 - 02:51 PM

I have a thing, that has a deck, tiller etc they mount to the rear it’s powered by a old b&s engine. I kept looking for another couldn’t find one the same, try to get a pic sometime and post here

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Posted June 13, 2018 - 05:55 PM

I would not want to be pushing something that is cutting anything over an inch in dia.! Don't think my ankles would like it!


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