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Poor Mans ATV
When John Krueger ran across a cheap zero-turn mower, he decided to turn it into what he calls a poor mans wheelchair. However, once he had it set up, he found lots of uses for it besides running around his farmstead.
I buy a lot of basket case equipment, says Krueger. The owner thought the motor was shot. He said he was getting hot sparks shooting out of the flywheel cover. I figured I could pull the motor off and replace it with a small motor I had salvaged.
Krueger is no stranger to working on mowers. Nearly 26 years ago, he turned a self-propelled floor sweeper into a 72-in. wide riding mower (Vol. 21, No. 3). When he tore into this one, he got a pleasant surprise.
I pulled the cover off and found the Bendix starter was stuck in the engaged position, says Krueger. When the motor idled, the engaged starter was throwing out sparks. I replaced the Bendix, and it was fine.
He already had a working zero-turn he used for mowing. His homemade riding mower also worked fine. He didnt need a third mower, so he removed the mower deck and made some modifications for a run-about. His first step was to make it safer.
Im 83, so I wanted a safe way to mount and dismount, says Krueger. I installed a handrail on the front of the frame and hung headlights on it.
His next step was installing a bumper hitch with a ball for towing small equipment. He bolted a length of angle iron to the zero-turn frame behind the motor. It had several holes already drilled in it that he could use for mounting a ball or pinning a clevis hitch.
Krueger then decided to adapt it to carry an 8-gal. sprayer with a 12-volt pump. To provide mounts for the sprayer, he first butt welded two lengths of 3/4-in. pipe to short lengths of angle iron. He bolted the angle irons with the pipes upright to the zero-turn frame and the ends of the bumper hitch.
His next step was to make a platform for the sprayer that could ride on the uprights. He used angle iron for the platform frame and bent a length of pipe to make a surround for the sprayer tank. He welded the pipe ends to the platform frame and covered the frame with pieces of plywood.
Krueger cut a length of angle iron to match the distance between the upright pipes on the zero-turn bumper hitch and welded 6-in. bolts to both ends. He then welded the angle iron to the pipe surround.
To mount the sprayer to the zero-turn, I lift the platform up and slide the bolts into the pipes, says Krueger. So far, Ive only used the sprayer with a spray wand, but its handy for spot spraying around the buildings.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Krueger, 1112 County St. 2984, Blanchard, Okla. 73010 (ph 405-392-4796).


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