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Side Mount Tilt Up Mower
"I built this mower to mow steep hillsides and deep ditches," says Willie Wilson, Loris, S.C., about the side-mount extension mower he built to mount on his IH Cub Cadet riding mower.
"First I made a 3-pt. lift for the mower. Then I made an 8-ft. long frame out of 3-in. tubing that pivots in the center right behind the tractor. I put a weight box on one end and made a cutting deck for a 22-in. blade and mounted it on a hinge at the other end. I used a V-belt bearing shaft from an old lawn mower to hold the new blade. Then I welded a round piece of 1/ 4-in. by 10-in. round steel plate to the top of the V-belt pulley just above the mower deck. A rubber drive wheel, mounted on a 1-in. dia. steel shaft on pillow block bearings, drives the round steel plate attached to the V-belt pulley, turning the blade. I can control the speed of the blade by loosening a set screw and moving the drive wheel in or out.
"A 5 hp. Briggs & Stratton engine mounts next to the weight box. A V-belt runs from the motor to a drive shaft that runs to the drive disc on the mower deck.
A universal joint at the hinge of the mower deck allows the deck to pivot up and down while mowing.
"An electric raises and lowers the mowing deck. The frame extends in or out manually. A second electric lift angles the mowing deck. A control box with two toggle switches, one for each electric lift, mounts on a steel post within arm's reach from the tractor seat.
"All the tractor has to do is carry the mower and supply the 12-volt system for the lifts."
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Willie Joe Wilson, Rt. 4, Box 92, Loris, S.C. 29569 (ph 803 756-2342).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #5