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post #1 of 11 Unread 09-19-2019, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Home made towed mower.

Our deer lease used to have cows on it, but they're gone now so all the paths and common areas grew up with nasty vegetation. Here's a homemade mower/brush hog I built from a spare lawn-boy engine and John Deere riding mower parts, I tow it with a John Deere gator. It works better than I could have hoped. One big change from prototype to finished product was that the grass chute is much bigger on the final product but you cannot see that in the photos. It was fun and took about 3 weeks from sketch to final product working lunch breaks and evenings. So far I've been able to mow waist high grass and saplings about 3/4" diameter without any issues.
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post #2 of 11 Unread 09-19-2019, 12:42 PM
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Re: Home made towed mower.

Nice! Clever name. Nice paint.

With all that work, I think I would have made one with a bigger engine and wider cut.

Girls with large lawns like a guy with a really big deck!
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Re: Home made towed mower.

So it's about a 20" cut? Great way to find a use for recycled parts.
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Re: Home made towed mower.

I can see your point for sure. This one used parts I had on hand or were cheap and readily available, I also need it to be man-handleable so while small it really suits my needs.
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So it's about a 20" cut? Great way to find a use for recycled parts.
Yes sir it's 22" cut.

I forgot I have a video of it working.

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Re: Home made towed mower.

Nice job. Like seeing that imagination and creativity are still alive in this country.

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Ain't nothing like the convenience of working in a metal shop when you got a little "government work" to do!

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Ain't nothing like the convenience of working in a metal shop when you got a little "government work" to do!
Got that right.

I rarely work on anything like this at home anymore.
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Re: Home made towed mower.

Nice....I built something similar, but instead of towing it, I push it up a hill. This hill is not accessible from the top, so must be pushed up. It is also narrow, but needs to be light weight, so something wider might be too heavy to go up the hill.
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Re: Home made towed mower.

Nice work but as said earlier I would have bigger and used an old rusty 48" deck with that engine.

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Re: Home made towed mower.

I've often thought of connecting two old push mowers with a hinged connection and towing behind. They can often be found for a free or a few bucks at yard sales or auctions.

Alternative might be to use an old orphaned mower deck, maybe a 48 to 60 inch deck. Build an engine platform, belt routing, and some kind of wheels on each corner. The front wheels being castering wheels to allow for turns. Again towed behind.

This project is somewhere down the road though. Plenty to do now.

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