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Simple double mower hitch
After seeing stories in FARM SHOW about double mower hitches built by other farmers, Kirk Deardorff, Hale, Mo., decided to send in his uncomplicated method of pulling a push mower behind his riding mower.
"There's not much to it. I make a hook on each end of a 3/8-in. steel rod and drill a hole in the front right corner of a push mower. One end of the rod hooks in that hole and the other attaches to the back of the riding mower. Pulling the rear mower from the right front corner makes it track out to the left of the big mower. It gets the yard done 40 percent faster. The only drawback of this hookup is that you can only turn right. That's not a problem on big open areas. When you don't need it or can't use it, it quickly detaches," says Deardorff, noting that you could also position the mower on the right side of the tractor by pulling from the front left corner of the push mower.
He also has an idea for modifying mower decks. "Some time ago a farmer listed his Snapper mower as worst buy in FARM SHOW because of scalping problems. I solved the problem with my Snapper by putting a skid runner - made out of 1-in. channel iron - under the deck. It clears the ground most of the time but when going over bumps raises the deck smoothly. One problem at first was that as it raised the deck it also moved the depth lever up a notch or two. I stopped that by installing a slotted yoke on the linkage rod that lets it float."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kirk Deardorff, Box 164, Hale, Mo. 64643 (ph 816 565-2924).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #4