Pull-Type Mower For ATV's, Pickups
A new 60-in. wide "pull-type" mower lets you use your pickup, ATV, or garden tractor to mow lawns and has the advantage of being "towable" at highway speeds, according to the Canadian manufacturer.
The "Grass Guzzler" is powered by its own 18 hp Kohler engine. The mower deck rides on four castor wheels and is carried by a steel frame that's supported by three wheels -- two large wheels at the rear and a smaller castor wheel in front. The rear of the deck is connected to the rear axle by a pair of hinged steel arms that allow the deck to tilt 30 degrees up or down.
"I built it because I wanted a mower that was inexpensive to maintain and easy to tow. I liked it so much I decided to manufacture units for sale," says Eugene Keyowski, who farms and also owns a rental business. "I had been renting out a riding lawn mower that was constantly breaking down. I wasn't making any money renting it out because I had to spend so much money on repairs. My mower is practically maintenance-free. One person can hitch it up and tow it behind any vehicle equipped with a ball hitch. You raise the deck up with a winch for transport. Mowing height is controlled by repositioning pins on both sides of the deck.
"All parts are standard including bearings, belts, and hubs so there's nothing on the mower you can't easily fix yourself. The deck throws grass out a 4-ft. wide discharge area at the rear which keeps grass from bunching up and rocks from flying out the side. The castor wheels are spaced 40 in. apart to keep the deck cutting smooth even on rough terrain."
The deck, built from 3/16-in. steel plate, is equipped with three offset mower blades that revolve on shearpin-equipped hubs. An 80-amp battery is used to start the 2-cylinder, electric-start engine. A cable lets you control the engine choke from the vehicle.