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    Default Reciever hitch for lawn tractor

    I use my lawn tractor to move my utility trailer around my back yard as there is not enough room to manuver it with my truck. The problem was that the hitch on the tractor was very close to the ground so the tounge jack of the trailer had very little clearance. It also took a lot of jacking the trailer up and down to move it with the tractor and then hook up to the truck etc.

    I found the reciever tube on the road and used all scrap metal mostly 3" by 1/4" strap and one piece of 4" by 1/4" strap. The tie down rings have been laying around the shop for a while so I put them to work here.

    Now i just need to throw together a few useful accesories that I can attach with the new 2" reciever on the JD.




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    That looks cool, I think its probably built out of heavy enough material and nice paint job.
    Scott
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    Default good job

    nice lookin' job man. nothing like the convenience of a smaller vehicle to do smaller tasks with. i have a john deere gt 275 48" cut and it's wonderful for small jobs. i built a little shelf to go behind mine where i either keep a spray rig or a plastic bin for sticks and trash when i'm mowing (i'll get some pics and post them early next week). your tractor looks a little larger--which model is it?
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    Default another solution

    Larwyn,
    Good idea and good photos. This is my solution.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbHMVneIS5g

    BTW, welcome to the site and thanks for sharing.

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    very nice work. I like the good alingment with your truck. I think I might borrow your idea. Thanks.

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    Nice job. Even if you had perfect beads, outside welds wouldn't look as nice. It looks really 'clean' without any welds showing.
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    Looks good, I put a hitch on the front of my lawn tractor for both moving around my trailers in my yard and also use the hitch when lifting the front of the little tractor with my hoist. Makes it very handy for working on the blades or under side of the tractor.

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    Looks like a little X300 lawn tractor.
    Dave P.

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    Thanks for all the comments.

    Figured someone would mention that there are no welds showing. Believe me you would not want to see them......

    Yes it is a little John Deere X300 lawn tractor with a 42" mower deck. Not very big but more than enough for mowing my under half acre lot and big enough to act as an occasional trailer dolly on my relatively flat yard.
    Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larwyn View Post
    Figured someone would mention that there are no welds showing. Believe me you would not want to see them......
    A man has got to know his limitations. FWIW: Try 7014, it's supposed to make pretty welds and isn't moisture sensitive like 7018; so it will keep for years. 6013 also makes nice welds and in that application would be plenty strong. OBTW: my stick welds suck.
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