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Out Front Tractor Mower
"I always enjoy reading about lawn mowers in FARM SHOW that other farmers have built. Maybe your readers would like to see mine," says Roger Meihak, Forest Lake, Minn., who built a 7 1/2-ft. "out front" mower for his tractor.
Meihak notes that, besides having 1 to 2 acres to mow, he's had problems with all the other mowers he owned "scalping" his lawn because they didn't have the flexibility to float over varying terrain.
"My rig consists of three surplus Toro decks, purchased for $35 each, fastened together in such a way as to follow almost any ground contour. Power is supplied by the hydraulic pump on the tractor running a Gresen high speed hydraulic motor mounted on the center deck. The decks are joined so that the blades overlap in their cut."
Extended wheel supports let the mower float independently of the tractor. Meihak specially built the frame which supports the mower.

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #2