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Jeremy in DE

09-03-2013 07:51:29

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Mr Bill:

You want pictures? I've got pictures. Is my way best? Probably not. But it does work well. I've tried probably dozens of ways until I found this that quite satisfies me now.

The first two shows what I use to prevent the mower from swaying. Having one adjustable sway bar (such as mine on the left) is essential for me to eliminate all sway. I hook it all up and then turn it until everything is pulled tight. The mower will lift and lower perfectly, but it doesn't move at all side to side.

The next two pictures show the method I have chosen to maintain mower height. I got the instructions somewhere online. They originated from the FENA newsletter. Marlow's method (described in the archives) as Jason mentioned also works for a mower if one has a solid top link.

I have chosen a slightly loose top-link as pictured because it allows the mower to flex up and down if the ground is not level. I find this better than a chain as it limits the mower's movement beyond a certain point. This seems safer in the event of hitting something that might cause the back of the mower to rotate upward.

An over running clutch is essential for safety and also practicality. Mine broke once and demonstrated to me just how important they are.

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09-03-2013 09:06:54

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 Re: Ideas? in reply to Jeremy in DE, 09-03-2013 07:51:29  
Yess Jeremy -I like how your lower links are done. Did you make the pin for the lower right sway bar? As I said I only have 1 on mine -left side. I need a right (may have to fabricate one),but would prefer not to at this time. I use 2 sway chains on my Kubota w/turn buckles ,awkard to adjust when my finish mower is on due to the fat turf tires. But when adjusted they work great. Now with the kit on your draft control is it accurate as to how much it will drift? I kind lean towards supporting the lower arms with adjustable chains to prevent height changes. ????

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Jeremy in DE

09-03-2013 10:00:46

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 Re: Ideas? in reply to oldmisterbill, 09-03-2013 09:06:54  
I bought the brackets and the pins for the sway bars at TSC, although I"ve seen what look identical elsewhere. There are several holes in it for the pin. One of them lined up perfectly on my TO30.

The position control kit is very good as long as the various pieces fit without too much slop. So long as the pump is running it will hold the lift arms at any height in their range. No drift at all.

If I hit the clutch for a while and stop the hydraulic pump the mower will begin to drift downward. Chains would prevent this.

I used chains before and switched to this for three reasons. 1) With chains I could only adjust one link at a time. A turnbuckle would have helped here to give infinite adjustment. 2) If I was mowing one area at 3.5" and then moved to an area I"d rather at 5" it was a pain to switch. Now I just raise the lift arms a bit and roll on. 3)I also sometimes use the 3 point with a carry-all to move stuff around on pallets. This is much easier with more adjustment in height on the fly than the chains gave me.

But, like I said, the weakness is that if I hit the clutch for an extended period the mower starts creeping down. When I release the clutch is starts too low, although it returns to the set height almost immediately. It just might scalp a point briefly.

Note the little adjustable "catch". This is great as it allows me to set a down position. It"s possible to raise the mower for a time, then drop the mower to exactly the same height as before. I take no credit for the position control setup other than that I managed to follow the directions and adapt slightly to the scraps I had laying around my shop.

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