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Old 10-07-2009, 10:29 PM   post #1 of 3
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Default Walk behind spreader converted to tow-behind

Last weekend my dad was putting new doors on the shed and while he had the doors off i peeked in and saw this fertilizer spreader that one of my auntes gave to us. I was bored so I took it into the garage with me.
This is what it started out as, Rusty and man-powered:

It has a small plastic hopper, but the handles and bars are just painted steel, and were very rusty. Prolly sat outside for a time.
So, the first thing I did was try to remove the walk behind handle and the bar that it rests on. Major PITA because whatever idiot at Red Devil Manufacturing thought it was a great idea to use bare steel carriage bolts and plastic wing nuts to assemble the spreader. So, learned how to use a grinder for the first time (WOOT!) and just cut the resting part out. Then, I took the upper handle apart and attached it horizontially to the spreader's frame to use as the mount for the tow bar. Next I took the flow control lever off the bottom of the spreader because it will not be long enough to attach the way I want it to on the tractor's seat. And finnaly I took apart the plastic gear case and pumped it full of fresh grease (I'm anal about stuff like that!). This is how it stands now, held by a hammer!!!

I still need to get a throttle control lever from a push mower, make a tow bar, get stainless steel hardware, a tractor to pull it (My dad said that in its current state I made it for a midget!!!), and paint it to match that tractor. I think I have done good for taking only 1.5 hour and beng 14!
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:11 PM   post #2 of 3
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Ha ha, you are really puttin the cart before the horse, as you don't even have a horse (GT) yet. Good for you though. I mow with a push mower, but keep thinking I need to get an old 25 inch huffy or something so I can ride instead, who needs the exercise. I have garden tractors, but I only use them for plowing snow and driving my wife crazy.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:32 PM   post #3 of 3
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I do get a lot of exercise with a push mower. But I also mow a 6 acre apartment complex with a Ariens Grand Sierra GT/SCUT. And that is a BIG tractor!!! Just like to have a smaller GT in the garage to re-live that feeling mowing grass and plowing snow.

I just had another idea looking at the small red cart in the first pic (Which BTW I made to use with my bicycle a few years ago!!!)! Take an old wheelbarrel and make a dump cart!!! You guys give me more ideas for home built tractor attachments! I already have plans for the wheelbarrow, and building a brush mower like pocono did in this section.
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