1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Twin-Engine ATV Mower
"I was looking for an easier way to cut the grass but was too cheap to buy a riding mower. Since I already had two 4-wheelers, I decided to fmd a way to use them," says Wayne Topott, Marshall, Sask.
He built a 50 by 20-in. deck from scratch, using 1-in. sq. tubing for the frame covered by 16-ga. galvanized steel. Two 3 1/2 hp. Briggs & Stratton engines, taken from a pair of 20-in. mowers, mount on top of the deck.
"It's simple - no belts, pulleys, gears or bearings to wear out or cause trouble. It cuts a 4-ft. swath and is designed to mow right up flat against buildings," says Topott.
The mower is carried by two front caster wheels and attaches to the Topott's Suzuki 125 Quad Runner with a single pin, thanks to a pivoting bracket that's fixed to the front axle, It allows the mower deck to pivot from side to side and from front to back.
"The deck is always level to the ground because it hinges in all four directions. Also, I like using the Suzuki because it has no suspension and tends to keep the mower at an even height, but any 4-wheeler would do fine," says Topott,
He spent $30 for steel tubing, $35 for the galvanized shroud, $45 for the caster wheels, and $35 for the two used motors. "The 3 1/ 2 hp. motors work fine for normal cutting but they're a bit slow in tall grass. If I did it again I'd fit it with a pair of 5 hp. motors but I got a deal on the smaller motors so they'll have to do for now," says Topott.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wayne Topott, Box 162, Marshall, Sask. Canada SOM 1RO (ph 306 387-6395).
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