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Re: Ford 601 Bushhog/Finish mower Max size

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raytasch

04-10-2003 07:16:02




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Six foot is about as large as I would want to go on a 'hog' type rotary mower. Should handle the 'hog' in most conditions. The 601 will handle a 6' finish mower in anything you would want to mow with it. Most mowers I am familiar with run at around 540 rpm pto speed. If you don't have live pto get an overrun coupler for the 'hog'.
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Scottey841

04-10-2003 14:18:16




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 Re: Re: Ford 601 Bushhog/Finish mower Max size in reply to raytasch, 04-10-2003 07:16:02  
Definitely get an over-running clutch/hub if you don't have live PTO. This is for safety. I had a couple of scares when I pushed in the clutch, stomped on the brakes and the tractor didn't stop!
They cost around $50.



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Sanford

04-11-2003 06:15:24




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 Re: Re: Re: Ford 601 Bushhog/Finish mower Max size in reply to Scottey841, 04-10-2003 14:18:16  
RAYTASCH, Can you or someone explain the difference on the over-running clutch/hub, And I think I have live PTO. I have to push the clutch in, move the lever, and let out on the clutch for it to spin??? Im a newbie, to the farm tractor arena. I recently purchased 20 acres, and need to mow about 7 of it.

Thanks for yours, and everyone elses input. This is a easy to use, nice forum/website.

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raytasch

04-11-2003 16:23:48




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Ford 601 Bushhog/Finish mower Max size in reply to Sanford, 04-11-2003 06:15:24  
Scotty explained the live PTO vs non live. Unless you have an established lawn/yard to mow don't even think about a finish mower but go with a rotary cutter type mower.



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Jack

08-23-2003 20:12:05




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ford 601 Bushhog/Finish mower in reply to raytasch, 04-11-2003 16:23:48  
How high of grass can you cut with a finish cutter. I use to have a Grasshopper 72" and now
have a Belarus 250AS tractor. I have a 6ft
Alamo Industrial cutter but its a bit to large
looks like for the tractor. Im thinking of a 5ft
bushhog or 5 to 6ft finish mower. Do the
blades spinup good on the finish mowers?
Im going to sell my 6ft Alamo its heavy duty
856 pounds worth. Im going to sell it for $1000

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Scottey841

04-11-2003 15:39:35




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Ford 601 Bushhog/Finish mower Max size in reply to Sanford, 04-11-2003 06:15:24  
If you push in the clutch and the PTO stops spinning, you have what some call "transmission PTO". There are some tractors out there with 2 stage clutches. This would be when you push the pedal down half way and the tractor stops but the PTO keeps spinning. Push the pedal all of the way down and the PTO stops also. The over-running clutch/hub goes on the PTO shaft and the implement drive shaft goes on the over-running clutch. Here is what can happen. On a tractor with transmission PTO, when you are running a rotary mower and you push in the clutch the spinning blades will continue to drive the tractor through the transmission. Even the brakes won't hardly stop it. Very scary and dangerous situation. It took me a couple of times to realize this was a bad thing and I started asking the same questions. The over-running clutch only engages in one direction. So when you push in the clutch the tractor PTO will not be driven anymore but the blades will begin to free-wheel and slow down but the clutch will not "drive the tractor". Sorry for the long answer. If I get my tractor out this weekend I can take some pictures.

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