1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Pull Behind Lawn Mower"It cuts mowing time almost in half and mows level even on uneven terrain," says Gary Moffett, Connersville, Ind., who mounted the deck from an old Snapper riding lawn mower to the side and rear of his International Cub Cadet riding lawn mower, allowing him to cut a 66-in. wide swath at a time.
Moffett removed the deck from a Snap-per Comet 30 mower and bolted an angle iron frame and motor mounting plate on top of it. He mounted a pair of caster wheels behind the deck, welding them to the original lift arm brackets. The deck is supported at the rear of the frame by chains and in front by a pin that's free to slide up and down inside the angle iron frame, allowing the mower to float over uneven ground. The deck is also fitted with a roller in front, a pair of gauge wheels in back, and angle iron skids on both sides to keep it from scalping.
The add-on deck hitches to the tractor via a tow arm (made from 2-in. sq. tubing) that extends to the left side of the tractor from a wheeled hitch behind the tractor. The rear hitch also floats up and down. "It works great and cost only $20 to build," says Moffett. "My wife and I had been using two Cub Cadets and when both of us mowed it took 2 1/2 hours to cut our 3-acre lawn. Our pull-behind mower shaves 45 minutes off that time. The front mower cuts 38 in. wide and the rear mower cuts 30 in. wide. They overlap 2 in. It really mows level which is important because there's not a level place on our lawn. I used the rear axle from an old Sears riding mower to support the rear-mounted caster wheels. It steers much like a semi mount plow. The floating hitch arm behind the tractor lets me mow on level ground with the front mower and on a side hill with the rear mower. The mower trails so well it never leaves strips no matter which way I turn."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gary Lee Moffett, RR 1, Box 452, Connersville, Ind. 47331 (ph 317 825-3454).
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