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Attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch

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Andrew Krein

04-20-1999 00:03:13

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I just purchased a 5 foot King Kutter bush hog to
use with a John Deere 755. I'm a bit of a novice
here and am having difficulty attaching the bush
hog to the 3 point hitch and PTO. I can get the
top arm and side pins connected ok, but then drive shaft appears to be too short. It's about 12 inches away from the PTO when fully lowered and
about 2 inched away when fully raised.What am I doing wrong? The only other thing that I've used the 3 point hitch for is a pull behind snow blade so there was no PTO connection. The King Kutter manual is useless. What is the proper procedure for connecting to the PTO and three point hitch.

I'd appreciate any help. Thank you.

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Steve Hansen

04-20-1999 09:17:24

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 Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to Andrew Krein, 04-20-1999 00:03:13  
Andrew, Rick,

If you have not done so already I suggest you click back to the "Yesterday's Tractors Magazine" home page. Click on "Article Archives." The last article in "General Information" is "Choosing, Mounting, and Using a Bush Hog Type Mower." Good reading for someone new to this type of equipment.

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04-20-1999 15:17:42

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 Re: Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to Steve Hansen, 04-20-1999 09:17:24  
I just read the article the gentleman mentioned. I'm 45 years old and started driving a tractor (C Farmall) when I was say 12 with a lot of supervision. I've used a pull or drag type and 3 PT hitch bush hog on various type tractors and I must say that article hits its target head on!

Safety first! Farm equipment may not give you a second chance.

From North Mississippi good luck!

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04-20-1999 03:00:15

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 Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to Andrew Krein, 04-20-1999 00:03:13  

assuming your hog has the proper driveshaft (they come in different lengths) is it possible the slide mechanisim is frozen? The shaft should telescope in and out to allow for raising and lowering and land variations

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Andrew Krein

04-20-1999 04:20:33

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 Re: Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to patrick, 04-20-1999 03:00:15  
Thanks for the info. I did not know that the
drive shaft was supposed to telescope in and
out. But thinking about it, it make perfect
sense. One more area where the manual that
King Kutter provided was utterly useless.

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Rick K

04-20-1999 05:52:20

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 Re: Re: Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to Andrew Krein, 04-20-1999 04:20:33  
I agree about the King Kutter manual being useless. I am installing a 4 foot tow-behind, and the driveshaft isn't even mentioned in the manual. It took me about 4 hours to figure out how to slide the plastic shield back to hook the PTO up to the Gear box. Maybe someone from King Kutter reads this board and will notice. Probably not though.

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Andrew Krein

04-20-1999 23:43:46

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to Rick K, 04-20-1999 05:52:20  
I sent the following email to King Kutter:

I recently purchased a 5 foot rotary cutter to use with my John Deere 755 and am having difficulty attaching the Kutter to the 3 point hitch.
There are no instructions on this in the manual. I first connected the 3 members to the hitch and then found the drive shaft to be too short to
reach the PTO. In the lowered position, the end of the drive shaft is about 12 inches from the PTO and when lifted, the shaft is still a few inches away from the PTO.

What is the correct procedure and order of steps to connect the Kutter to a 3 point hitch and PTO? I must be doing something wrong here.

I would suggest improving the manual. Pictures, descriptive diagrams and routine maintenance instructions would be helpfull. As it is, the
manual is useless for the novice user.

This is the response that I received:



This response is as useless as the manual. Must be company policy. I did manage to hook it up and used it some today. Interesting that you also had trouble hooking the drive shaft to the gear box. I didn't know that you could move the plastic shield. I went through all kinds of contortions trying to get a wrench and a socket into the plastic shield to tighten the bolt. Not easy, but I managed it. Another little problem that I have is that the 5 foot bush hog is a bit heavy and I'll need weights for the front end. My John Deere manual says to consult the implements manual for the necessary amount of counterweight. Yeah, right. A manual that doesn't even mention the drive shaft is not likly to consider counterweights.

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Steve Hansen

04-21-1999 09:05:16

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to Andrew Krein, 04-20-1999 23:43:46  
Go slow on the front end weights. You only need weights if you are having problems steering and you only need enough weight to fix the problem. A 5' rotary cutter weighs around 500-525 pounds. You should require no more than 200 pounds of weights. Start with less. Your owners manual may have a reference to the maximum amount of weights your front end can handle. Don't exceed this weight. If you are having steering problems with the maximum amount of front end weight someting is WRONG! Find out what and fix it.You can get weights at a John Deere dealership. A good old boy, however, would look for some railroad track.

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Rick K

04-21-1999 08:11:25

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to Andrew Krein, 04-20-1999 23:43:46  
if they sent you the same brand PTO shaft, here is how you get to the shear bolt.
There is a little black plastic pin in the U-Joint cover. It is labeled with a picture of Lock-Unlock. What you have to do is actually pry the little pin out of it's retaining device. This allows the U-Joint cover to be rotated so that the white colored nylon things line up with the clearance slots in the cover. Then you slid the whole thing back, away from the U-Joint. Re-assemble in reverse. I commend you on your dexterity if you managed to get the shear bolt in without doing this!

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Andrew Krein

04-21-1999 23:08:35

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: attaching bush hog to 3 point hitch in reply to Rick K, 04-21-1999 08:11:25  
Thanks. Attaching the drive shaft was almost as much fun as the time that I changed the belt on my mid-mounted 60-inch mower deck without taking it off of the tractor. I was sore for days in places that I didn't know that I had from twisting, bending and reaching into tight places. I later found out that taking off the mid-mounted mower was a 30 minute job and would have made the belt change much easier. Live and learn.

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