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Side Mower Cuts Under Electric Fence
Jack Parker mows grass and weeds under his electric fences with a home-built mower that attaches to the forks on his tractor.
  "I'm 81. It's hard to look back so I decided to make a front-mount mower. Normally it's 4 ft. past the tractor on the right hand side, but you can run it on either side," Parker says.
  The former pipefitter, welder and sawmill operator made the hydraulic-powered mower out of four disc mower blades attached to a 5/16-in. skid plate that slides on the ground. The top guard is made of 1/8-in. steel plate on rebar bent in a 20-in. circle.
  The unit attaches to two 4-in. angle iron pieces that bolt to the tractor's forks. It's powered by the tractor's hydraulic system.
  "The mower is about 8 to 10 in. high and cuts a 2-ft. wide strip under the fence," Parker says. "It mows backwards or forwards. It'll even cut brush up to the size of a broom handle."
  The Hayesville, N.C., man has about 60 head of beef cattle on his farm and runs a lot of temporary electric fence. Before he moves his cattle onto the hay field in the fall, he cuts grass under the fence so it won't short it out.
  "It's right simple," Parker says. "There's nothing much to break. It's easy because you can see to mow."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jack Parker, 143 Carter Cove Rd, Hayesville, N.C. 28904 (ph 828 389-8195).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3