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howse rotary cutter blades

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Mad Farmer

09-10-2019 07:29:53




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I brought this Howse 5ft cutter back in the late 1980s when I got my 9N.

It has been problem free except have to weld up a few spots/add some angle iron, even drive shaft u-joints are OEM. Using same over running coupler too, it gets greased with each use.

In past I have never removed the blades to sharpen them, just propped up mower and used a big angle grinder.

Yesterday hit a few rocks, have done this hundreds/thousands of times?

One of the blades bent. How has this never happened in the last 30 years?

Question is, should I take blades off, fix bent one with a press, sharpen and re-use? Besides one being bent they still look to in good shape.

Other question is how much of a PITA will it be removing the mounting bolts? Tips on this?

I can get new blades delivered $85. Good price and is quality of steel as good as original?

Should I get a new bolt set in either case?

Cutter is well used but gearbox has never leaked and deck won't need any welding soon.

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Hobo,NC

09-12-2019 04:58:15




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 07:29:53  
I would have new bolts, bolts with new hardware on hand... All cutters I have messed with the bolts have a locator dimple in them the dimple wares out the bolt spins when trying to remove it that makes it a P.I.T.A to do...
I prefer to remove the stump jumper get it out so I can replace the blades are sharpen them. If the hub is not stuck its a lot easier than fighting a grinder to sharpen the blades while still connected to the stump jumper...
That being said a stuck Hub can open up a can of worms...


https://forums.yesterdaystractors.com/viewtopic.php?t=1247115&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=stump&start=15

After I used the cutter in the link it wore into the front belt guard a little WTF it ended up it had a bent blade after replacing the blades all is well...

Bolt kit pix the locator/lock on the shaft...

https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Bush-Hog-Rotary-Washers/dp/B0792GVJR1

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Mad Farmer

09-11-2019 07:42:24




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 07:29:53  
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Well, I'm wrong on that one.

I had heard they went out of business a few years back.

I checked prices. I paid $500 for the cutter ~1989, They are $1400 now.



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R Geiger

09-10-2019 11:43:59




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 07:29:53  
I had t o use a hot wrench to get the nuts off along with a impact wrench. I would replace the blades myself.



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Mad Farmer

09-10-2019 10:36:14




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 07:29:53  
Concerning blades on equipment, I always replace all the blades together. I keep used/matched ones together for spares.
Have to be careful removing = metal from each side of a lawn mower/deck type blade. You can hang them by a string from center bolt hole to see if balance is off.

Things that spin need balance.
I used to rebuild my SBC engines... I started with a clean machined block, and balanced assy (crank rods pistons), then set all clearances. Then they spin nice!
Had access to a nice garage/tools back then.

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Mad Farmer

09-10-2019 09:14:04




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 07:29:53  
My big air compressor is at my other place, and would have to borrow an impact big enough to take 3/4". You guys are not fans of breaker bars and pipes?

Do have torches so can get the nuts a little reddish if needed.



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Dean

09-10-2019 08:46:51




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 07:29:53  
I would most certainly replace both blades.

Beg, borrow, or steal a GOOD impact wrench, HD electric if you do not have a good source of 150+ PSI air. You will likely find removing the bolts is indeed a PITA with sockets and wrenches unless you have a torch.

Always replace the bolts when replacing the blades.

The $85 delivered price for new blades sounds good.

Dean



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Mad Farmer

09-10-2019 08:19:26




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 07:29:53  
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Thanks for advice Hokie.
I think with a good hydraulic press I might be able to get the blade straight, but sharpening will/does change weights and give vibrations. Hmmmmm......????

How is $85 for a set a blades, delivered? I've not priced them yet at local TSC, but then state screws me for tax too.

I don't have a big impact, but have a 3/4" set/breaker bar and 4' pipe. : ) Will spray them down a few times with ATF/acetone mix in advance.

Still wondering about the bolts, 30 years old. Do you usually have to beat them a bit to get them out? I assume the way to do would be just get the nut loose a few turns then have a big flat drift to hit the nut, maybe use a BFH or small sledge. That is not bugger up the threads.

This cutter has been a great machine. No problems in many years. Probably since when I hit something the 9N usually dies down before it does damage, can't always get to the clutch ASAP.

Too bad Howse is out of business.

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ArleninOr

09-10-2019 20:59:49




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 08:19:26  
Howse is still in business. Google Howse Implement.



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TheOldHokie

09-10-2019 07:44:31




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 Re: howse rotary cutter blades in reply to Mad Farmer, 09-10-2019 07:29:53  
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I am not a fan of vibration and I'd replace the bent blade. Expect a (small??) fight with the 30+ year old bolts. A good HD impact wrench is your friend in things like this. Unless I had to cut them off I wouldn't go out of my way to replace them. Concerns over the quality of steel in the replacement blade(s) would never cross my mind.

TOH

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