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Belly-Mounted Mower Deck Converted To 3-Pt. Model
David Simpler wanted a 3-pt. mounted mower deck for his Satoh tractor equipped with a 3-cyl., 13 hp engine. The Elkton, Md., man already had a Kubota 60-in. belly-mounted deck, but the pto shaft turned in the opposite direction as the tractor pto.
    To solve the problem he turned the deck’s gearbox 180 degrees, then made a new pto shaft by taking one off an old bush hog mower. He kept the yoke and U-joint from the mower’s original pto shaft and made adapters for them. He also bolted the 3-pt. lifting mechanism from a one-row cultivator to the caster wheel supporting frame on top of the deck.
    “The conversion turned it into a great, economical finish mower,” says Simpler. “I use it to cut grass for a local hunting club that has a big lawn. The deck’s caster wheels and anti scalping rollers keep the lawn looking really nice.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Simpler, 2645 Oldfield Point Rd., Elkton, Md. 21921 (ph 443 350-1199; davidsimpler@yahoo.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4