2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2, Page #10[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Upgraded “Chain Guard” Kit
Robbins got tired of the grass discharge chute on his Deere ZTrak zero-turn riding mower getting in the way all the time, so he replaced it with a “chain guard” that results in easier trimming and parking in tight areas.
He hung a series of short galvanized steel chains from a piece of all-thread rod, with the chains free to swing back and forth. He puts 1/2-in. wide rubber spacers between chains to hold them in place.
“The chains stop stones from flying out but let the grass clippings go through. Because there’s no discharge chute I can mow close to trees and buildings on either side,” says Robbins.”
He says his new design is much simpler and easier to put together because it eliminates the need for an all-thread rod and spacers. If you have a mower with a curved discharge chute, he can curve the angle iron to fit.
The kit contains a length of galvanized metal angle iron with a row of pre-punched holes on top, where the angle iron bolts onto the deck. One side of the angle iron has a row of pre-punched holes where small bolts, lock nuts and washers are used to attach the chains.
“The new design allows you to make use of twisted chains, which work better than straight chains because the twisted design makes a better barrier,” says Robbins. “I use lock nuts on the bolts to secure the chains so they can’t work loose and fall off. I spray the angle iron with clear paint to keep it from rusting.”
The kit has all the parts needed to put a chain guard together and starts at $40 plus S&H for a 12-in. straight discharge unit. Completely assembled units are also available for $60 plus S&H. The chain guard can be built to any desired length.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Al Robbins, 1004 Briar Creek, Friendswood, Texas 77546 (ph 713 818-9898; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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