2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Old Riding Mower Cuts A 10-Ft. Swath
“It’s not made for hills, but it sure works great on my flat lawn and road ditches because those outside decks flex to the lay of the land,” Davis says. His Murray tractor is still fitted with its original 42-in. deck. Davis says a friend gave it to him because it didn’t run, but he remedied that with a few hours of repairs.
The side decks on his rig are matching 42-in. decks from other old mowers. He built a frame so the 2 decks overlap the middle deck by 3 in. and can flex up and down several inches. He bolted pulleys on the spindles of the outside decks and ran belts from each one to the center mower. A long idler spring on each belt holds them tight. He made poly shields to go over the drive belts from a plastic tank. Davis says the machine works especially well for mowing around and under trees.
“This mower cuts grass just as smooth as any roller mower on a golf course, never any scraping or deep cuts,” Davis says. “I learned through trial and error that the secret is having rollers on the front and back, not wheels. Wheels fall in a hole and twist, but the rollers glide over everything.”
Davis made his rollers from 3-in. pvc pipe cut into 30-in. lengths. He cut pieces from wooden stairway spindles for plugs in each end of the pvc, drilled a 3/4-in. hole in the plugs for a metal sleeve, then ran a 1/2- in. bolt the full length of the roller. Threaded vertical bolts slide into mounting brackets that he welded on the top of the deck. He adjusts the cutting height using lock nuts on the threaded bolts.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Virgil Davis, 2686 250th St., Humboldt, Iowa 50548 (ph 515 378-3344).
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