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04-30-2004 13:43:38

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Bought this Howse Bush Hog new. Everyone I talked to have had loads of trouble. Most are in the junk yard after a few hours. This is a ten foot. The gear boxes didn't last thirty hours. Does anyone know how to modify gear box? Do you know of a different gear box that will fit this HOWSE BOSS- 10?

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05-01-2004 09:43:24

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 Re: howse bush hog in reply to c.h.willis, 04-30-2004 13:43:38  
I bought the 6 ft Howse with the 90 hp gearbox and for the last 7 yrs, cut 35 acres twice a year including small trees 1 -2 in diameter. I paid $799 and I thought it was an excellent buy. Have had no problems and run it with a IH300U

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Gary Mckenzie

05-01-2004 08:47:57

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 Re: howse bush hog in reply to c.h.willis, 04-30-2004 13:43:38  
We had the same problem with a Boss 10, it would eat gearboxes, u-joints, and the little star yokes between the gearboxes. After replacing two gearboxes, we carried to the factory and raised he!! until they agreed to look at it. The gearboxes were out of alignment with one another causing enough vibration to destroy them in short order. Usually its the r/h box that is turned a little in relation to the center box. You can check it after removing the flex couplers between the boxes, use a straightedge on the shafts. As far as I know, no other gearbox will match the input or output splines. Howse is famous for parts not interchanging with anything else on the 10' models. Although we haven't had any more problems with it, it will be culled at the earliest opportunity. Thanks for letting me vent a little, I hope it helps you some.

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05-03-2004 20:08:15

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 Re: Re: howse bush hog in reply to Gary Mckenzie, 05-01-2004 08:47:57  
Gary, thanks for your answer. Wish I could email you and talk about the HOUSE BOSS-10. I think the one I bought was a return sale but can't prove it. Within the first three hours of use the right blade assy. fell off. Later the trailing wheels came apart, the star couplers had to be replaced, rebuilt right gear box, both boxes output shafts are lose again. The gear boxes are stamped MADE IN USA. But the right one had China's bearings inside. All this happened within the first year. I cut about 20 ten foot wide strips twice a year. So you can see why I am pi----. Both gear boxes need to be replaced again. Other than being an eingineer's nightmare, I found the lower output bearing's inner race is on the splines of the output shaft,eating up the bearing inner race. I almost went to court over this bush hog, now I wish I had. I really did go to a tractor salvage yard last year and saw a stack of 8 and 10 foot new ones they were parting out. Then I knew for sure I had a 2000.00 lemmon. For all the knowit alls out there, I also have 2 six foot hogs of another make I have been using for the last 23 years. I just hate to be taken for a ride by a company and have them tell me to get lost. How long have you used it since it was repaired? Thanks for letting me vent off some steam.

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04-30-2004 20:23:07

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 Re: howse bush hog in reply to c.h.willis, 04-30-2004 13:43:38  
I have never used or seen a howse brush hog. Their advertised prices are cheap! usually you get what you pay for.

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04-30-2004 18:07:48

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 Re: howse bush hog in reply to c.h.willis, 04-30-2004 13:43:38  
BUL- -HIT have a 6 ft. thats 20 years old and it gets used for cutting every thing. have it on a 50 hp. tractor and have snubed it a lot. most gear box failures are from [[[[NO]]]] oil in gear box because the out put seal goes out and i have replaced mine 3 or 4 times CHECK oil before each use and it will serve you well

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05-02-2004 07:07:17

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 Re: Re: howse bush hog in reply to marlowe, 04-30-2004 18:07:48  
The 10 ft. design is a much different animal than your 6 ft., marlowe. A couple that were around here didn't last too long either. There are several 5 and 6 foot Howses that were sold by the local (now defunct) farm supply chain and they have been going for years. But those 10 foot double gearbox jobs had issues.

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04-30-2004 18:46:32

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 Re: Re: howse bush hog in reply to marlowe, 04-30-2004 18:07:48  
your answer is not worth a reply. Having been a mechanic most of my life, a gear box is not a highly complicated item for some people. The Boss ten foot bush hog was discontinued because of its problems. I rebuilt one gearbox after less than 25 hours. A tractor salvage yard had two stacks of 8&10' new bushhogs they bought for parts. I called them yesterday and they have sold all the gearboxes. There is a great difference between a 5' and a 10' bushhog.

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04-30-2004 18:00:56

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 Re: howse bush hog in reply to c.h.willis, 04-30-2004 13:43:38  
around here the 4 and 5 foot bush hog by house is a good home owner unit. for the money dont know about 10 ft one.

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