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Side Mount Mowers Get The Job Done Faster
“It works even better than I expected and has reduced my mowing time in half,” says Rob Ribar, Reedsville, Wis., who built a hitch to pull two push mowers behind his riding mower.
    The 22-in. push mowers are hitched behind a Wheel Horse riding mower with a 48-in. deck. The three decks cut an 88-in. wide swath with a 1-in. overlap per mower. An angle iron pull bar across the back of the riding mower mounts on the mower’s hitch. Steel bracing bolted to both sides of the pull bar provides reinforcement.
    Metal brackets attach to the front of each push mower and are bolted to the pull bar. The brackets attach to the mowers by a bolt that runs through a hole drilled into the mower deck, with a pair of nuts tightened to the inside and outside of the deck.
    “It’s fun to mow with this setup, and it works fast. I can mow 3 acres in a little over an hour,” says Ribar. “The ganged mowers go around and under trees as well, if not better than the riding mower alone.
    “As the riding mower’s rear wheels turn, they cause the push mowers to track right behind. A 16 hp. engine powers the riding mower so it has no trouble pulling the trailing mowers. It only takes about a minute to remove the trailing mowers from the pull bar. I removed the handles on both mowers so they won’t get caught on trees and shrubs.”
    Ribar used a 1/2-in. bolt with a nylon nut where the metal brackets attach to the front of each push mower, “which allows the push mowers to float up and down over uneven terrain.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rob Ribar, 3538 Greenview Court, Reedsville, Wis. 54230 (ph 920 860 5523; robribar@comcast.net).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #3