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Re: Shredder for 8N Ford

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Tim PloughNman Daley

08-05-2020 04:33:33

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You first need to determine what your application/needs are. Do you want to knock down overgrowth, long neglected fields, or do you need to mow your 2 acre lawn? A rotary mower (Brush Hog)will do both but a hog won't be as good if you want a pristine golf-course like lawn, so not recommended. 5' is typical of Brush Hogs. Finish Mowers on N's work well with a 6'. With both, I highly advise to use an ORC and STABILIZER BARS. Know the correct method of installing bars. For an 8N, mow with POSITION CONTROL, in 2nd gear, 2/3 throttle. For a 9N/2N, use limiter chains or a Zane Thang Position Control device. STAB BARS prevent scalping when making turns and adds support as well. Some fellas use one bar and that will work okay. When brush hogging overgrowth, I highly advise you first take a stroll around the property to inspect for hidden objects that can damage your mower and/or tractor. Look for stumps, logs, large rocks/boulders, old discarded stoves and refrigerators, cars and car parts, dead deer, Jimmy Hoffa or other long lost bodies. Use caution, may have to go slow like in 1st gear at least on first pass, and make two or three passes. For brands, the popular ones offer parts & service. Be sure the brush hog has the stump jumper feature.


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Ultradog MN

08-05-2020 05:48:14

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 Re: Shredder for 8N Ford in reply to Tim PloughNman Daley, 08-05-2020 04:33:33  
Please don't continue the myth.
An ORC is Not needed when you use a finish mower. The inertia of a FM is maybe 20% of a ritary mower. Surely not enough to get you into trouble like a rotary mower can.
Stabilizer bars are also optional. I am not the only one who does not see the need for them on an FM.

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08-05-2020 16:17:34

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 Re: Shredder for 8N Ford in reply to Ultradog MN, 08-05-2020 05:48:14  
No myth, my 6' Land Pride finish mower twisted my adapter on my 8n the first year I ran it. Replaced it with an ORC 15 years ago and no problem since. Use a ORC any mower and get a 6' if you get a FM.

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Ultradog MN

08-05-2020 20:08:09

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 Re: Shredder for 8N Ford in reply to blackhole49, 08-05-2020 16:17:34  

Did you happen to observe the rotation of the twist? That would tell us the truth of it.
You a betting man?
I'll lay you 20-1 odds the twist was caused by the tractor and not the mower.

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08-06-2020 04:46:28

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 Re: Shredder for 8N Ford in reply to Ultradog MN, 08-05-2020 20:08:09  
I don't have the adapter to check, but I'm pretty sure I twisted it when I had to stop quick when a turkey ran in front of me. You could certainly feel the mower pushing. If the twist was caused by the tractor starting the mower, one would think it would also twist the ORC in the 15 years since.

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08-05-2020 20:35:16

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 Re: Shredder for 8N Ford in reply to Ultradog MN, 08-05-2020 20:08:09  
Bingo, UD.

Finish mowers have much less rotating inertia than rough cut mowers and much more windage and friction resistance. Unlike a rough cut mower, deceleration is rapid once power is removed.

No real need for an ORC but using one will hurt nothing.


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