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Caryc

06-24-2013 09:24:09
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There are two schools of thought here. One. You're sitting on a stationary metal seat so when that tractor tilts, that seat tilts with it and you really feel it. So the thought is that it probably feels worse than it is.
Two. If it feels unsafe, then it probably is. I use a brush hog on my property with hills on it. I will go across the face of the hills only so far, then I give up and go straight up and down to get the top most parts of the hills.
I read somewhere once that an "N" could safely run across the face of a 45 degree hill. I certainly wouldn't want to bet my life on that one. Personally I think the line "If it feels unsafe, then it probably is" is the best rule to keep in mind when on a tractor.

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Glenn D

06-24-2013 10:29:08
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 Re: mowing ditches in reply to Caryc, 06-24-2013 09:24:09  
45 would be a little too scary I won't even try out little ditches until i'm a bit more familiar with the machine. There not really made for rapid egress and I doubt I could bench press the thing

How does the mower act when going over the peak and valley cross ways on the ditch ? I think my drive line would hit the front of the mower. the sickle bar might be my only option for this



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George Marsh

06-25-2013 13:36:29
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 Re: mowing ditches in reply to Glenn D, 06-24-2013 10:29:08  
45 degrees is a sure bet you will flip. I used my backhoe to make the grandkids a show hill. At the top it measures 45 degrees. I had to clear the top 20 ft by hand, take sand and gravel and dump it over the hill to level out by hand. It's hard to walk on a 45 degree angle. Try walking on a roof with 12-12 pitch, that's 45 degree.

The bottom of the hill I had to put the back bucket down and use it as a safety device to keep from flipping over. Only guessing, but the bottom of the hill is between 25 and 30 degree.

I wouldn't even want to attempt to mow a 25 degree hill safely.

People who mow ditches with a chopper will usually get the chopper wet, if not killed. Everytime I see one in the ditch, I want to take a pic and post it.

If I had to mow a ditch, I would rig up a pipe to extend over the ditch bank, use chains to drag a mower. Propably make the mower from an old 4-6 ft belly mower, put wheels on it and put a 20-25 hp vertical shaft motor on it.

If you don't want someone taking a pic of you, don't do what I saw someone do to mow a very steep hill.

This person used a push mower, attached it to a 20 ft ladder. The other end of the ladder was attached to the front of an ATV. He used the ATV to push the mower up the hill. George

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Ray Hofstetter

06-24-2013 14:48:53
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 Re: mowing ditches in reply to Glenn D, 06-24-2013 10:29:08  
Mowed a ditch ONCE, scared the bajebers out of me! Don't forget, sickle mower will make the front end light (unless you get a mid-mount). As I started along the ditch, the mower hit the weeds and wanted to pivot the 860 into the ditch, hard left brake brought it back straight, but I needed a pancake flipper to get my butt off the seat. Stay safe.....



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