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Garden Tractor Converted To Tag-Along Mower
"A friend of mine gave me an old 12-hp. MTD riding mower with a bad rear end. I decided to put it to use in a new way," says Leonard Humphrey, Ottawa, Kan.
  "By pulling it alongside my riding mower, I figured I could get the lawn mowed twice as fast. I stripped off everything that wasn't needed and replaced the rear end of the mower with a pair of caster wheels. All I needed was the engine, frame, front wheels, battery, fuel tank, and deck. I installed a tongue on front and on the right side. Both hook to the frame of my mower, which is an MTD 20 hp with a 46-in. deck and hydrostatic drive.
  "The two mowers together cut a 7-ft. swath. I can mow 7 acres in just under 3 hours. It trims tight around trees, turns tight, backs up with no problem, doesn't scalp the ground, and mows over 2 acres per hour. The biggest benefit is that it cost much less than any commercial mower this size. With just two pins you can unhook the tag-along and mow without it. However, I have very seldom done that in the three years I've used this mower.
  "I've built two others and sold one. I've still got one to sell."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Leonard Humphrey, 3136 Indiana Rd., Ottawa, Kan. 66067 (ph 785 242-1737; E-mail: lehumphrey@vtechworld.com).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3