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Attaching a #5 mower to JD-A

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07-12-2019 11:46:28

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I have a late model A with the side brackets for attaching # 5 mower. Last night I jacked up the mower so the it was higher than the brackets on the tractor, and I spent two hours trying to line up the tractor brackets with the mounting brackets on the mower without success.
I was going forward,and backing up, over and over and over again without any success in lining them up. Because there is no PS on the A, and with it's high reverse speed, it was impossible trying to line up the brackets on the tractor with those on the mower. If anyone has a special method they use for doing this attacment easilly , I would appreciate the advice.

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07-14-2019 06:32:30

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 Re: Attaching a #5 mower to JD-A in reply to chas036, 07-12-2019 11:46:28  
When you take a 5 off put 2x6 under each leg.
I backed our A into it many times no difficulty.learn to use your right foot to EASE pressure on the clutch,let it idle too.
I never knew an A to be fast in reverse

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07-13-2019 21:35:40

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 Re: Attaching a #5 mower to JD-A in reply to chas036, 07-12-2019 11:46:28  
Precise backing with a two cylinder Deere is tough because you have a hard time looking down and back while reaching ahead to push the clutch. Add to that worn clutch linkage that s making you reach way ahead to operate the clutch. I grew up on two bangers and still run a couple of them on occasion. It helps a lot to have that throttle pulled way back to idle to slow things down. The old Deeres are designed to run slow. I have an IH balanced head mower I put on an Oliver 88. It hooks up similar to the Deere quick tach and even with the smooth foot clutch on the Oliver I have been known to use words we don t use in church when I can t get the tractor and mower to do what I want them to do. Sometimes I can back up to it and be out of there and other times I m 15 minutes trying to hook up.

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07-12-2019 16:15:38

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 Re: Attaching a #5 mower to JD-A in reply to chas036, 07-12-2019 11:46:28  
Did it with a long hood B when I was in high school and don't remember any great difficulty. Maybe it's practice, practice, practice.

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07-12-2019 15:29:51

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 Re: Attaching a #5 mower to JD-A in reply to chas036, 07-12-2019 11:46:28  
Are the brackets for the Quick-tach or the other type? I always had Quick tach and used one hydraulic jack and a couple blocks and it was pretty easy onto a model 50 tractor. As Mike M said cutter bar needs to be down to be easiest as you can then use out end of cutter bar for a "fine adjust" lever.

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07-12-2019 12:23:43

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 Re: Attaching a #5 mower to JD-A in reply to chas036, 07-12-2019 11:46:28  
I always used the factory stand that is built onto the mowers. I thought it was one of the easiest things to hook up ? Been years ago ,but for some reason I think the cutter bar may of had to been down for it to work correctly. I did not have room in the shed and unhooked and hooked it up outside.

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07-12-2019 11:57:34

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 Re: Attaching a #5 mower to JD-A in reply to chas036, 07-12-2019 11:46:28  
It gets better with practice.

If you set 2 posts in the ground with a crossbar between them, and suspend the mover with a chain hoist or two it's a LOT easier!

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