2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Front-Mounted "Belly Mower"Carl Rocholl loved the cab on his Deere garden tractor, but the cab made it impossible to mow around the many trees in his yard. So, he solved the problem by converting the mower from belly-mount to a front-mount.
The Elizabeth, Minn., truck driver built a frame to attach the mower to the front of the garden tractor using part of the tractor’s front quick hitch. He made push rods out of two 5/8-in. bolts by welding pieces of pipe to fit on the quick hitch pipe (3/4-in.) and the mower deck (5/8-in.). He added a piece of angle iron and a chain to lift the back with hydraulics when he wants to transport the mower and save the wheels.
He gained better maneuverability — and strength — by adding four pivot wheels for the front and back. He bolted angle iron to each corner of the mower to support the wheels.
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