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Side Mount Mowers Get The Job Done Faster
In Michigan, David “Dusty” Rhodes built a “Sidewinder” mower using the deck off an Allis-Chalmers 917H garden tractor. He used an electric motor and a belt-driven 120/240-volt generator to power the deck.       With a power cord attached to a volt meter and on/off switch in a box with a magnet on the tractor hood, Rhodes operates it from the tractor seat. Angle iron bolted to the front of the tractor connects to a conduit drawbar on front of the 4-ft. mower deck. To prevent the mower deck from swiveling in the back, he ran conduit between the tractor hitch and deck, by bolting flat iron pieces with openings for the conduit on the deck.
  “I added caster wheels on front of the deck so it can only move with the mower,” Rhodes says, adding he also bent a piece of conduit in front to create a simple brush guard.
  Rhodes has a zero-turn mower he uses for cutting the rest of the lawn and only uses the A-C mower around trees.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Rhodes, 2504 Hartel Rd., Charlotte, Mich. 48813 (ph 517 667-8980; Rhodes_d@att.net).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #3