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Extension Deck for Riding Lawn Mower
Ronald Schultz, Truman, Minn., mounted the 38-in. wide deck from a junked-out riding lawn mower on the left side of his 5-ft. wide Deere 430 diesel riding lawn mower, providing more than 8 ft. of total cutting width.
Schultz used angle iron to build a frame that supports the "extension deck" as well as an 8 hp electric start gas engine. A bracket connects the "extension deck" to the riding mower's deck and drawbar.
"I built it last fall because I didn't want to spend a lot of time mowing," says Schultz. "It cuts all the grass on turns and is handy for mowing ditches and under trees with low branches."
A wire connects the electric start gas engine to the riding mower's battery. Schultz mounted the starter button and throttle on a steel upright so he can reach them right from the seat of the mower.
The engine, which Schultz bought new, is bolted to the top of the add-on deck. Schultz uses a spring-loaded clutch to tighten the belt on the extension mower. One brace runs from the gauge wheel bracket to the riding mower's deck, and another brace connects the extension deck to the riding mower's drawbar.
The front wheels of the extension deck are stationary while the rear wheels caster. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ronald Schultz, Rt. 2, Box 217, Truman, Minn. 56088-9625 (ph 507 776-3766).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #5