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Ganged Mowers Cut A Swath 9-Ft Wide
"It used to take six hours to mow my lawn and the ditches along my 1/8-mile drive-way," says Barry Dyck who built a hitch to pull four mowers behind his riding mower. It cut his mowing time down to an hour and a-half.
At first, the Manitoba farmer pulled just two 20-in. mowers behind his Deere 8 hp riding mower equipped with a 34-in. deck. That worked out so well he added two more mowers to the hitch so he could mow a 9-ft. swath.
The hitch bars are constructed of 1 in. sq. tubing. The front T-shaped hitch is equipped with a floating tongue, consisting of a U-joint type knuckle 3 in. back from the hitch point on the riding mower, which allows the trailing mowers to move side-toside with the contour of the ground.
A 6-in. length of square tubing bolts to the front of each mower. A piece of 3/8-in. dia. rod welds to the tubing and is fitted with a washer. The mowers hook to the hitch with cotter pins through the ends of the rod. The mower decks can rotate freely and independently over uneven terrain.
The same design is used to mount the t rear hitch bar to the back of the front two mowers.
Dyck removed the top half of the handles on the push mowers for better clearance under trees.
"It cost little to build and is very effective," he says. "There's no digging or gouging the lawn. Each mower pivots sideways but they have to trail in a straight line. I can back the whole outfit up without any problem. The mowers can be unpinned in seconds to use as push mowers for trimming."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Barry Dyck, Box 355, Rivers, Manitoba, Canada ROK 1XO (ph 204 328-7238).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3