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Lawn Vac Converted To Pto-Drive
Quinton Tschetter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, has about one acre of lawn to maintain with a lot of maple trees. He wanted to use his old Cyclone lawn vac to clean off the leaves, but the 8 hp. Briggs & Stratton engine was worn out and he didn’t want to spend the money for a new one. So he converted the lawn vac to pto-drive off his Kubota garden tractor. 
    “It works great and makes fall cleanup much easier,” says Tschetter, who made the conversion several years ago. “I already had a 2-wheeled Deere yard cart and converted it to a 4-ft. long, 3-ft. wide by 4-ft. high dump trailer. The only part I kept from the lawn vac was the blower.”
    The 23 hp. Kubota tractor is equipped with a 3-pt. hitch and a pair of pto shafts – one underneath the tractor that drives a belly-mounted mower, and the other on back. Tschetter built an angle iron bracket that attaches to the 3-pt. and also supports a driveshaft. It’s connected to a 12-in. pulley, which belt-drives a smaller 2-in. pulley that operates the blower. Tschetter attached new 6-in. dia. flexible poly hose from the tractor’s mower deck to the blower, and from the blower to the trailer.  He also added a hitch on back of the bracket to pull the trailer.
    “The dump trailer has sheet metal sides and is capped off by a 90 percent shade cloth that’s covered by a tarp. The back side of the trailer is open to keep dust from blowing onto the driver,” notes Tschetter. 
      Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Quinton Tschetter, 2379 Hwy. 92, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 (ph 641 660-9765; Qct1944@gmail.com).

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