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Carl Mege

12-29-2008 10:46:38

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I have a 5' Brush Hog that came with my 8n. It works well execpt I have trouble maintaining a good cutting heights. I was thinking about putting some casters on the front like they have on some finish mowers I've seen. Has anyone tried this and if so where did you buy those adjustable casters?

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12-30-2008 19:17:06

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 Re: Brush Hog in reply to Carl Mege, 12-29-2008 10:46:38  
Carl have you switched the leaver under the seat to position control instead of draft control?

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12-30-2008 17:09:24

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 Re: Brush Hog in reply to Carl Mege, 12-29-2008 10:46:38  
I thought 8N's had position control and the 9N and the 2N didn't! If you really have an 8N and don't have psosition control, get some stabilizer chains to set the height. they are ~$30 but you can make them if you are handy with a torch and an arc welder. Look in the Parts Section of this forum.

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Billy NY

12-30-2008 06:46:35

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 Re: Brush Hog in reply to Carl Mege, 12-29-2008 10:46:38  
I would not recommend installing casters or any type of wheels on the front, if they ever get bent under or fall off, the cutter blade could launch them back at you, or get tangled up under the deck etc. Better off with some limiting chains like was shown. I would imagine if they were stout enough and firmly attached, say pipe inside of pipe, with adjustment hols, welded to the deck might be ok, but, you don't want em ever coming off, I've had a tail wheel get under the deck once, not good by any means.

Just for reference as to what can happen with rotary mowers, when I was a kid, I was using a JD 2010 with a bush hog brand rotary cutter, farmer wanted to use the land again for crops, all the fields needed to be cut, lot of mowing to do, about 50 acres, and somehow a round rock got under the deck about a 6"-8" size smooth rock, that mower launched this rock up over an old hedgerow, lined with some decent size trees, and into the next field over. I have never seen anything like that since, darned thing went right up the back of the tractor, not sure how close it came to me in the seat, but I saw the rest of it happen, from when it was just over my head, until it disappeared from sight.

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12-29-2008 18:26:43

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 Re: Brush Hog in reply to Carl Mege, 12-29-2008 10:46:38  
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i use a height stabilizer similar to this setup on all my smaller Ford's...works like a champ.
this kit is for sale on YT...link below will take you to page but ya gotta scroll down to find it.

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