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#1 Chuck_050382 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2011 - 08:37 AM

I have started my quest for a pull behind mower.
I have a engine donor. I don't know the full story of why this lawn tractor got pulled out of service, but I know it sat in the weeds for several years now. But the price was good, Free!

here is the donor:
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It has a 16.5 hp Tecumseh. Under the shroud was full of junk, including a bumble bee nest. It looks like a little water may have made it's way to the carb, but not sure how much. Last night I got the hood and grill off the tractor and got all the shrouds off the motor. Next I need to give the motor a good bath and get the carb clean. The gas tank was bone dry.

This donor didn't have a deck, but I have a slightly used 46" deck off a different lawn mower available.

Edited by Chuck_050382, August 02, 2011 - 08:44 AM.


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Posted August 02, 2011 - 08:42 AM

Great project Chuck. Letus know how it goes.
I use a 60"swisher off set with a 50" on the 782. You can do some sereious damage to a large plot of grass in short order.

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Posted August 02, 2011 - 04:55 PM

Those Fords are great for hauling around the disabled stuff. Good thinking on using the lift to move it around. I'll keep an eye on this thread, Chuck. I might find something else to file away and forget where it is. Have a good day!

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Posted August 03, 2011 - 12:50 AM

Looks like the donor has potential. Good luck.

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Posted August 03, 2011 - 09:01 PM

Good luck on the project, Chuck. I have thought about doing the same thing... even have a similar donor engine (with the same good price!) I don't really have any reason to use a pull behind mower, but I thought it might be a fun project. Will be looking forward to watching your progress!

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 01:52 PM

Made a 3d of what I am going to try and make. Still have to see if I can get the motor to run before I do any fab work on the rest of it.
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Posted August 04, 2011 - 01:57 PM

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That is how Swisher mounts the mower in the frame with 3 turn buckles, 1 front and 2 rear, to limit down travel.

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 02:02 PM

Chuck
That is how Swisher mounts the mower in the frame with 3 turn buckles, 1 front and 2 rear, to limit down travel.


I have been studying their set up. I went to their site and saved a couple a picture to use as reference. I don't need to redesign the wheel, I just want something that will mow decent and can be adjusted. I was thinking about using 3pt top links to mount the mower.

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 05:03 PM

Nice 3D, Chuck. I know what you mean about redesigning. Glad you have a pic in your mind of what you want. Keep up the good info. Thanks.

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 09:43 PM

Looks good Chuck, I got my own mower deck project on the go and it will most likely be a pull behind.

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 11:35 AM

I am going to watch this , it gives me the "want to" to build one for my self...

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 11:58 AM

Keep us informed Chuck.

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 01:24 PM

I got side tracked messing with the cub cadet, but should be getting back to this some time soon.

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 02:16 PM

I got side tracked messing with the cub cadet, but should be getting back to this some time soon.


That's an unacceptable excuse Chuck! You're grounded! Oh wait, Cubs are good tractors, so you're off the hook. Now back to work! LOL

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Posted September 02, 2011 - 02:33 PM

That's an unacceptable excuse Chuck! You're grounded! Oh wait, Cubs are good tractors, so you're off the hook. Now back to work! LOL

Yes please ground me and send me to the shop to think about what I haven't done.




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