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08-25-2002 15:28:20

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Sounds like a Model 80S (for side mount) to me. Also came in the 80R rear version, and I believe a pull type. Twin wheel drive allowed operating the mower at most any angle from 45degrees below horizontal, to vertical. No pitman allowed that.Twin wheel drive was a belt driven assembly mounted right on the mower bar. Had one 30 years ago on the D17- keep the unit well greased, watch for wear on the cast bar connecting the two wheels to the sickle. The bar breaks when slop develops in the attachment to the sickle. Break can be welded, but it's a tricky job, and needs to be done extra thick to gain strength.

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Brian G. NY

08-26-2002 06:21:04

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 Re: Re: mower in reply to JMS/MN, 08-25-2002 15:28:20  
It could be an 82S, (the improved version of the 80S) which has a much heavier cut bar and heavier "cage" around the gear box. One of the biggest improvements and the easiest way to tell if it's an "82" is the use of ball bearings on the main pivot points at each end of the gear box. The "80" had no bearings and was prone to premature wearing. The heavier cut bar on the "82" is also much less prone to developing a permanent "arch" that the "80" was known for.

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08-26-2002 16:43:45

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 Re: Re: Re: mower in reply to Brian G. NY, 08-26-2002 06:21:04  
Always wondered what the difference was between the two- must be "product improvement". Thanks for the info. I'll bet I had the older one.

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08-27-2002 06:23:23

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: mower in reply to JMS/MN, 08-26-2002 16:43:45  
To A-C's credit, in most cases they did make changes when a problem became evident after the machine was put to the real test out on the farm. For example, the later WD-45s had 3-plate hand clutches; apparently the extra "oomph" of the new engine caused premature wear on the old 2-plate clutch. The later WD-45s also had a stronger 4 bolt pivot plate on the WFE which replaced the earlier 3 bolt plate.

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08-28-2002 19:29:46

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: mower in reply to Brian G. NY, 08-27-2002 06:23:23  
Thanks for the info, I will check tommorrow and see if it has the ball bearings. It is a very substantial unit, I have an old ferguson mower with a much lighter bar than this has. I am slow to answer as we have been using the WD and this mower to cut hay. The old tractor handles an International 47 baler very nicely, the hand clutch is a neat feature. Peter

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