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Hydraulic Mower Converted to Belt Drive
B.L. Uhnken, Jacksonville, Ill., needed a mower for roadsides. He wanted one that would mow in vertical position or drop down to a 45? angle below the horizontal.
Uhnken located an IHC highway mower he liked but the problem was that it was hydraulic-powered. With the mower mounted on the side of his widened-out Deere tractor, he didn't have direr t access for an driveshaft to drive the external pump mounted on the sicklebar mower.
To solve the problem, Uhnken simply ran a jackshaft from the mower pump back to a double-V pulley at the back of the tractor. It's belt-driven by a larger pulley mounted directly on the pto.
Uhnken says he's used the mower 4 years without problems. The design of the mower provides extra stability on steep hillsides because the heaviest part of the mower rides on the ground.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, B.L. Uhnken, Jacksonville, Ill. 62650 (ph 217 245-4359 or 472-3851).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1