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#8W with 1950 MT -- raising cutter bar question

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03-28-2003 14:57:59

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I'm looking at a #8W mower to use with my MT. It'll connect fine at the drawbar. I'm interested in how to raise and lower the cutter bar since the MT doesn't have a remote cylinder and the 8W was designed for one. I know the #5 had a hook-up to the rock shaft via a cable as one means of raising and lowering the cutter bar.

How easy or difficult would it be to rig such a system for the 8W with my MT? What would I need to do? Would I be better off trying to find this setup from a #5 (if I can)? I assume the rockshaft would pull the cutter bar to the down position and that the spring on it would raise it back up -- is that an accurate assumption?

I'll get a manual for it if I buy the mower. Wanted to ask some questions before purchase.


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03-28-2003 20:05:58

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 Re: #8W with 1950 MT -- raising cutter bar question in reply to Darryl, 03-28-2003 14:57:59  
I had the exact same situation. First of all, the 8W has the quicktatch hookup which will fit on the round bar of the left mechanism of the MT. Only thing is unless it has been on an MT before the brackets will be too far apart. Parts book calls for a spacer put between the brackets and frame of the mower to move them in. I used a piece of steel and some washers to do it. Mine had same setup, I used a piece of cable with a pully on the front of the frame to go to the rockshaft arm on the left side. I fasten the lift arms in position with the spring pins and then put a 1/2 inch bolt through them to the bracket where the spring pins go. Believe it mentions doing this in the operator's manuel when pulling something on a fixed drawbar. I then unhook the lift chains so the rocker arms move separate from the lift arms. the cable runs from the place the lift point where the cylinder would attach, through the pulley(to change direction of pull) and up to the lift arm. Cable can be adjusted to right length. This is the same type setup used on other JD tractors where the rockshaft was used to lift the bar. If you have the double lift arm setup as mine does with the extra arm on the left, you could use it to raise the sickle bar. I would still want to fasten the left arms down or what will happen is instead of sickle raising you will just raise the front of the mower. If you get a parts book it will show the various hookups and believe the operator's manuel may also. Only problem I have is with the 7 foot bar it wants to move the front of my tractor sideways, I have the single front wheel though. I have cut a lot of fairly heavy hay with the MT and a 8W and previously a #5. If you have any questions on this e mail me.

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03-30-2003 05:34:44

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 Re: Re: #8W with 1950 MT -- raising cutter bar question in reply to Dan, 03-28-2003 20:05:58  

Thanks for the response. Looks like it'll work, then. I appreciate your information.

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