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801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog

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baydog1

09-11-2019 16:18:29




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Hello everyone. I have a 801 Powermaster that is about plane as it gets. The problem I'm having is I have a Mower or bush hog or brush cutter hooked to it and can't keep it level. Got my lift arms hooked up and level my deck with the tractor running using the lift arm controller... I then adjust the lift arm controller stopper to the height I'm looking for and tighten it up. Then I adjust my center link to fit at my adjusted height. The problem I'm having is once I lift the cutter up and let it down to the controller stop it doesn't really move... I have to go past the stopper and then of course the mower scalps and then I have to yank up on the lift arm controller and then push back down on it until it levels out and most of the time during all the up and down and all around the the controller ends up on the stopper but there sure is a lot of scalping and uneven grass before I can get to the sweet spot which is where I set the mower to cut at... When I do have any implement in the full up position it does hiccup a bit. Is this as good as it gets because it's a really old tractor or is there any way I can improve this hair pulling situation. Thanks for your time and help

Scotty

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Michaels Dad

09-14-2019 06:02:41




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
Just remembered, neighbor just bought a 2000, and it had the keyhole brackets (chain holders at the top) on it.

Don't know if they were factory options or not. They looked very well made.



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Jim.ME

09-13-2019 16:18:38




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
You would have to call the YT store and ask them. I didn't see any. I didn't see any on eBay but that could be due to different names for them. There are some on Amazon. Places selling rotary mowers or tractor dealers may have them. Like Michaels Dad I make my own as needed.



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Michaels Dad

09-13-2019 15:59:17




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
Don't think so, but you can surf and see what you come up with.

I made these several years ago, the areas I shred are hardly golf course quality. Those plus the chain instead of a rigid set up to the top link continue to save my bacon every time I mow.



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baydog1

09-13-2019 14:41:59




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
Thanks Jim. Can I buy it on this site or maybe ebay if I had to?



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baydog1

09-13-2019 14:40:03




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
That's what I'm talking about! I like that!

Thanks

Scotty



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baydog1

09-13-2019 14:32:43




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
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Keith thanks for all the great info. I don't have the draft in constant It's pointed to the front of the tractor. Where is the cam follower pin?

Thanks

Scotty



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Michaels Dad

09-13-2019 04:55:29




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
Here's what I did on my 640. Got the idea from someone on here.



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Jim.ME

09-12-2019 17:17:11




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
Search mower deck height stabilizer chains and brackets. There are some ready made kits that use the top link pin and the attachment lift arm pins to attach adjustable chains and brackets to for setting a fixed height for attachments like rotary mowers/cutters.



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Keith Williams

09-11-2019 20:56:58




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
aydog1,
First I would check to make sure that the hydraulic selector lever is in implement position control mode.
The way it is reacting, I would guess it is either in constant draft control mode OR the system is badly out of adjustment which is usually caused by the cam follower pin being worn.
I have included pages from my operator's manual.
Keith

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baydog1

09-11-2019 19:18:43




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
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Man good ideal!! Will try it and let you know how it works out. I know i'm not working with a grooming mower and the tractor has hydraulics from 50 years ago. Not looking for a grooming cut just would be cool if I could pick the mower up in a smaller area and set it back down without scalping until I got it back level while still rolling.
Thanks Sean

Scotty

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Sean in PA

09-11-2019 18:19:28




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
You could try a chain to limit the downward motion of the arms so that it only goes as low as your desired lift height. Wrap the middle of the chain around the axle and attach the ends of the chain to both lower arms and so that it stops the arms from going below your desired height.



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Lynn Patrick

09-11-2019 18:10:32




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 Re: 801 Trying to adjust Bush Hog in reply to baydog1, 09-11-2019 16:18:29  
A set of limiter chains from the lift arms to the top link bracket will let you just lower the 3 point. They are available many places, or make your own. All States has them: https://www.external_link.com/mower-deck-stabilizer-kit-103201.html



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