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Double-Hitched Lawn Mower On ATV
Josh Konze didn't have a lawn mower on the family's hunting property, but he did have an ATV and a pile of parts. His cousin contributed an old 48-in. mower deck and an 11 hp engine from a Toro mower, and Konze welded on other parts to create a front-mounted mower.
    He was stumped how to mount it so that it could be turned and not be too rigid.
    "My dad told me how to mount it with two ball hitches," Konze explains. "Two make it stationary to turn, yet the mower can pivot when it hits bumps."
    He bolted a piece of angle iron to the front of his ATV's bracket to attach the 1 7/8-in. hitch balls. The hitch also comes in handy for moving trailers around, Konze adds.
    He starts the mower with a 12-volt battery and jumper cables that were located near the hunting shack.
    Konze notes that the engine could have been smaller, but overall the mower works well. His only purchase was 10-in. wheels to replace the smaller rollers on the mower deck.
    "It's easier with a front mower to see what you're doing, and you can mow tighter around things," he says.
    He credits his dad's idea of having two hitches for making it work so well.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Josh Konze, 2800 Canary Ave., Sparta, Wis. 54656 (ph 608 931-6151).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3