"You said some guards were missing, & you were going to stand by the auger & ratchet on it while it was running."
Actually, that was not my plan. I figured I'd just replace the hyd cylinder with an adjustable link- not adjust it while it was digging for heaven's sake!
After looking at the Danuser site, I see that I can just take off the cylinder, and it shoudl work just like the basic model. That is, there is no need for a link to replace the cylinder. The hydraulic down force woudl be nice at times, but not important.
Perhaps I'll someday acquire another tractor with external hydraulics that I can use this on. I'd love to see a picture of what the adaptor plate for my tractor woudl look like, though.
Yes, I know that pto's are dangerous. What I was saying is that the new Danuser units have essentially the same gearbox, but they have a metal shroud around the output shaft, and the drive shafts have a plastic tube around them. I can retrofit the plastic tube, and fashion a shroud around the output shaft.
Most of what I'll do with this will not involve anybody else, so I am less concerned about the danger of the spinning shafts. I'll be sitting in the tractor seat at all times.
But I was digging some fenceposts with my old rig the other day, and I had to keep shooing away the Mexican worker I had helping me (a rare situation)- he kept wanting to stand right next to the digger!
Thanks for the warning though.