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Goose Neck-Mounted Mower Deck
Thank you for the story on my gooseneck-mounted mower deck (Vol. 26, No. 3). It consists of a 60-in. mower deck that I mounted on front of my 1981 Cub Lo Boy tractor. Works great for mowing fence corners and ditches and also eliminates a lot of hand trimming around trees and buildings. The front of the deck is equipped with a home-built gooseneck ball hitch that allows the mower to swivel 360 degrees when turning or backing up.
  I'm sending better photos of the unit. Note how the deck's four caster wheels swivel when turning, and how the deck can mow in ditches. If the ditch is too steep to drive into, I can shove the mower into the ditch for a ways and then back out. As I back out the mower will make a 180-degree turn.
  The gooseneck hitch attaches to the tractor with a 1-in. dia. pin that extends horizontally through steel plates bolted to both sides of the tractor. It allows the hitch to pivot up or down with the terrain. The gooseneck pipe spins freely on the ball hitch, so whenever I make a turn or back up the mower deck is free to swivel left or right. (Ken Reynolds, 15826 Shermanville Rd., Linesville, Penn. 16424 ph 814 683-4890)

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1