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  • any one made a pull behind lawn mower ??

    my riding mower is still in pieces after tearing it apart due to transmission problems. the trany is back together and will possibly last me a wile even though it was never put together right in the factory. so i still need to get it back together, but i also have an extra 12 hp motor i want to turn into a pull behind to help reduce the work load on my rider. and to have it as a back up if the trany falls apart again.

    so i thought i would build a mowing deck i could pull behind my quad if the riding mower was not working or pull behind the rider if its working.

    any one build one be for ??? got any ideas ?
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped
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    I haven't built one but I bought one. Got a used 42" for $475. Let me know if you would like pics to give you some ideas.

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    • #3
      pic's would be cool thanks.
      I'm going to stop by TSC and see if they have one i can scope out also.
      if it works it will get used more than my rider as i will pull it with my quad which is much easier on my back. the bumping along on the riding mower has always been a bit hard on my back. I'm going to look into a possible softer seat ride wile rebuilding it.
      as it is i can get about 1/2 the lawn mowed, take a day off to recoup. then get the other 1/2 done and take another day off to recoup. this makes mowing the lawn a 4 day job!! a soft ride with the quad pulling the mower could free up some time big time.
      thanks for the help
      ......or..........
      hope i helped
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      feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
      summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
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      • #4
        In the middle of one but...

        I am in the middle of building one but my old buzz box finally gave up and the boos won't let me use any of our equipment at work I am using two old 42" riding mower decks that pivot in the middle slightly offset from each other so they overlap about 2 inches on the cut. The frame is 1.5 inch square and some odd size angle here and there for strength. Unfortunately the video/still camera I had for some reason didn't like watching me weld and work and died too. I'll be replacing both this fall I'm gonna get me a Millermatic 252 to use at home and a new camera. If you are interested I'll try and draw up some plans in Inventor for you of what I have and how she's put together.

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        • #5
          it would be just as easy to buy one

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          • #6
            One thing about mowing with a quad is that it is hard to go slow enough. You think you are driving so slow, like a tractor, when you give the mower a look over your shoulder, and it is in the air as much as on the ground from bouncing. Some kind of speed control would be nice.

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            • #7
              thanks for the thoughts.
              but the project has been scraped. i know it would be easier to buy then build, but i had an extra 11hp motor and almost no $$. so build was really the only option.

              but i managed to trade the 12hp motor and $300 for a ls55 New Holland (see pic's. i built a bumper for it Monday. as the hood opens to the front from the bottom i had to build the bumper to flip down out of the way with the pull of a pin. worked out great. its far enough forward to allow me to open the hood enough to check the oil without messing with the bumper and for air filter or more access to the motor i just pull 2 pins and the bumper drops down forward to allow the hood to open fully.
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              thanks for the help
              ......or..........
              hope i helped
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              feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
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              • #8
                i did for a while just used a couple pillow blocks and a steel rod for a rear axel and put a tow bar on it and pulled it with the quad. but last winter i found a rider with a rod sticking through the block and got it for $40 put my other motor off the puller in and went back to mowing. the only thing with the 4 wheeler is keeping the steady speed and your thumb gets tired
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                • #9
                  i forgot the pic's of the bumper sorry, I'll get them.
                  but as a fallow up on the mower, i love it. it only makes about 1/2 the noise of the old one, the ride is way smoother. making it easier on my back. the best part of all is i did the hole yard ( a little over 3 acres) on less than one tank ( 4 gal. tank) of gas and in almost one day. would have been one day but i spent the morning fabing up the bumper and getting it on.
                  with the old mower i had to give up on the field out back and let it grow as i just couldn't take the bouncing. add to that i was looking at 2 tanks( 3 gal tank) of gas easy to get the job done.

                  I'll get the pic's of the bumper tomorrow.

                  i can see how speed and the thumb could be a problem with a quad as the pulling option.
                  thanks for the help
                  ......or..........
                  hope i helped
                  sigpic
                  feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                  summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                  JAMES

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by m.k.swelding View Post
                    it would be just as easy to buy one
                    yeah but buying one is too expensive and not near as fun. I usually pull my yard stuff in low range and a peice of duck tape on the throttle if my thumb gets tired. The old mower i had was killing my back on my mother in law's yards because they are so rough. Right now I'm push mowing it and other than being too large really for push mosing aint bad just takes forever.

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                    • #11
                      push mower is a no way man thing for me.

                      i did find you can get threw spindles for about $60. the steel to make a decent deck could get high $, i have a few 3'X6'X 3/32" plates that was my intention to use. so i never checked into that part. buying one looks to be a $999 and up option. it looks like a fairly simple design. could you build one for less $$ unless you had some parts on hand i tend to think it would be close enough that you may as well just buy.
                      starting needs would be
                      motor $400 ish for a decent sized vertical shaft
                      spindles $180 for 3 spindle option
                      pulleys run about $15-20 each, you will need at least 5 of these but 6 would be a better design.
                      need a belt $30 and up
                      blades $20-30 each (need 3 )
                      wheels, the easy option would be 2 each $10 HF 10" tires
                      steel to build ??? need thick plate at least enough to mount motor and spindles. also need some pipe and or bar steel to make adjustable wheels and a pull bar of some form.
                      then there is all the lil stuff that adds up we forget to include in the build price like springs, bolts, nuts, washers, grease fittings, grease, and definitely some good paint would be in order. and probably some other stuff I'm not thinking of at the moment.

                      all of the above should get you decent 46" or so cut pull behind depending on the motor size and number of spindles you chose to go with. all that can easily run over $1000.00

                      the only reason i was looking into building one was the fact i had most of the stuff on hand ready to use.
                      such as, i had the fallowing.
                      motor, spindles, pulleys, blades, wheels, and even all the needed steel to do the build. so it was really just about needing a idea as to how to put it all together for me. so my only problem was working out the how too part. a close look at one at TSC will show the simplicities of these things.

                      you just need to buy every thing in mass to keep the $$ down, ( would probably help to have it assembled in an out of the US location )
                      but to build one from scratch. if you are just looking for a project and want one. then you could easily end up with a much nicer than the one you could buy if you are willing to put the time and $$ into it. i you have the time and $$ it would be a cool project.

                      for me i have moved onto a fully functioning rider, so the build has left the building. along with the extra motor.
                      thanks for the help
                      ......or..........
                      hope i helped
                      sigpic
                      feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                      summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                      JAMES

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