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Old 06-28-2012, 08:14 AM   post #1 of 16
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Help Small Homemade Brush Mower

I am working on a small project, making a small brush mower. I have this older about 20" push mower without a handle that I tried to use as a tow behind mower (didn't work out as I had planned). I have been using my GT to mow in the woods to get to the raspberries but had beating up my blades that I then use on the grass. This will be mounted to my sleeve hitch but what I need help finding is parts for the blades.
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I at least would like to find a washer similar to this avoid damage to engine if it hits a briar stump or stick

OR, I was also wondering if they sell a rotary (brush mower) style blade that I could use as a direct blade replacement. I have tried looking and didn't see what I was thinking of, pointing me in any dirction would be great.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:16 AM   post #2 of 16
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Best thing I think you could do is find an older Gravely 2 wheel tractor with the brush cutter, they eat just about anything you can throw at them and will be cheaper & better in the long run. I got one a few years ago for 200 bucks and is one of my better investments ever.
P.S. I don't think you will find a "brush blade" for a lawn mower.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:37 AM   post #3 of 16
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I just might do that, but I happen to have this mower laying around.

I read earlier about people making a swinging blades our of a piece of plate and a cut up old straight blade
http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=94845

I should have picked up that sickle bar for a 2 wheel and adapted it to the front of my 112 and driven it off the pto
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:54 AM   post #4 of 16
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I got one a few years ago for 200 bucks and is one of my better investments ever.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:59 AM   post #5 of 16
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I know a guy who put a huge circular saw blade off a cordwood saw onto a push mower,in hopes of making it into a "brush chopper"...it didn't work as well as he hoped,so he modified the deck on it so the blade stuck out the front of it about 2",then it would saw down saplings like nothing....a friend of his had a frankensteined push mower that he put 4 chain saw bars around the deck and ran a chain drive to power the saw chain off the engine...I never saw it in action,but they both claimed it was a "terror" in the woods...both of them passed on shortly after getting them running,(from natural causes!)--sadly,and they were tossed in a dumpster
during their estate clean out...
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:04 AM   post #6 of 16
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well I figure I could at least start by making a sleeve hitch mount then cutting into the mower after that
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:07 AM   post #7 of 16
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Well this may sound a lil scarey but i would cut out the front of that mower abit about 3inches just to let the stuff feed into it between the front wheels,,,,,
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:21 AM   post #8 of 16
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I was planning on cutting out the front and maybe running a piece of heavy rubber or chains across the front, I will not do it like the video and cut the top just the front

at least I will be sitting up on a tractor running this instead of standing behind it
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:58 PM   post #9 of 16
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Yeah, without the chains or something similar, all kinds of junk will be flying forward toward you from the mower. I use my front mount brush cutter regularly, and stuff flies a long, long way. Even though I'm operating behind it, I always joke with folks that I have to wear a hat, or else my hair will be full of woodchips (and it will).

Too bad you don't have two mowers...it would be neat to link them together, running off one engine and overlapping the blades a bit. My mower is setup in this manner, with the blades staggered so that they overlap and each swings below the blade beside it.

Neat project! I'll be watching...
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:43 PM   post #10 of 16
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I carefully mow my woods once a year with my Toro, but I hated too abuse it like that. This year I used a Craftsman that followed me home a few months ago that I had cleaned up. It worked perfectly. Anyway, I used it to mow the woods and go over what was left after I cleaned up a bunch of brush. It ended up tearing away the sheetmetal on the inside of the deck. I guess my point here is this whole project won't be any stronger then the weakest point, and you might and up shredding that deck.
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I agree the deck may not survive but for a few times a year and for only 1/4 acre of uncleared woods

so does anybody know where I can get that "nut guard" conical type washer? I have been trying to look and short of going through every brush mower parts list to find one that is the right size I cannot find them
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I wouldn't worry about it. In all honesty, the crank shaft will probably bend long before the imitation "stump jumper" comes into play.
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I wouldn't worry about it. In all honesty, the crank shaft will probably bend long before the imitation "stump jumper" comes into play.
true, I will change the bolt to a button head cap screw and be done with it

will be a few days but I should be getting into building this next week
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I've seen washers like that on truck cab body mount bolts before--but they wont have such a deep "cup" and you'll have to make the slots in them for the blade yourself somehow...dont know where you can find a "real" one other than on another mower maybe...once you find one that uses them,you may be able to get a new one from a dealer for that brand..

I agree the crank will probably be the weakest link on the thing though...
I use a few "junker" push mowers I resurected after finding them on the curb or the dump for free,to "mow" the woods and areas that may have rocks and stumps lurking under the brush and weeds..if one gets a bent crank or worse..oh well!..."disposeable" you might say..
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:48 PM   post #15 of 16
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I have big 'washers' on my Toro power handle rotary mower machine. Also had them on a couple 'el cheapo' MTD type rotary mowers.
I think the Toro machines had the blade that is in the shape of an 'S'. One machine that survives is a 21" Wind Tunnel Housing mower, s/n 20313 006960. The engine section is from the Toro Power Handle accessory. Check the Toro website and see if this helps.
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