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    Anybody hoist his bush (brush) hog or other rotating PTO impl so high that the PTO and the impl deck came into conflict?

    [img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]/w3tcompact/icons/mad.gif[/img]

    Or am I the only idiot on this list? You have never seen such a sight--chains of the guard flying off to the yard, big chunk out of the shaft cover. Too painful to recall.

    Jim


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    Default Re: Higher n Higher...oops!

    Jim,
    I hope your okay,the equipment or parts can be replace but you can't!

    I never had anything like that happen to me,for I like to keep the mower close to the ground at all times when the pto turning.

    Don't call yourself and idiot,for you learn a lesson that you pass on to others and we can learn.

    Can you adjust your 3 point hitch so it won't happen again?

    Stay safe and [img]/w3tcompact/icons/cool.gif[/img]

    Thomas..NH

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    Default Re: Higher n Higher...oops!

    Jim, I'm not sure which brand implements you have, but some (Bush Hog at least) has instructions in the manual for checking the length of the driveshaft on the implement and cutting it down, if necessary. If I understand your message right, it sounds as if yours might be just a little too long. And I suspect what you did isn't too unusual. I've let the blades shorten a chain guard on a brush hog before myself, without even lifting it.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img]

    Bird

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    Default Re: Higher n Higher...oops!

    Jim,
    Never had that happen with my rotary cutter but I did have my post hole digger get a taste of the clay around my place and auger itself in up to the gearbox. By the time I finished digging it out I had to go cut a 2' diameter post to fill the hole [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]. Also heard a story about a fella that sent his two boys out with a two man post hole digger only to hear them about 1 hr hour later hollering, laughing and having a good old time. Apparently they buried the auger and were taking turns sitting atop the motor riding it like a spinning top. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: Higher n Higher...oops!

    Well Jim you have done something that I never have done. The only reason its never happened to me even with my rotary cutter raised as high as the three point can go I've still got a few inches between the pto shaft and the top of mower. Thank goodness or else my first sentence would be way different![img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]
    Just remember to use the stop on your position control so you can't raise it up that high. Live and learn!
    Gordon


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    Default Re: Higher n Higher...oops!

    Jim,

    Raised the rotary cutter on my old 9N too high many times. You don't want to see the PTO shaft on the cutter, PTO shaft wobbles, plastic guard is chewed through around the entire circumference, but still works fine. Need to get around to installing a stop on the 3pt control to try to prevent this from occuring again.

    DavidV




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    Default Re: Higher n Higher...oops!

    My Massey 3 point geometry was the same way. The first time raised the Rhino cutter, it chewed the guards off and bent the shaft. Rotate the shaft 180 degrees and lift it again to bend it back. Ran it for 5 or 6 years with no cover and had to always set the top stop on the 3 point position lever to not allow that to happen again. We straightened the pto shaft a dozen times on that tractor.

    kubota did much better on the M6800SD. I can lift a 6 ft Medium Duty Bush Hog 260 all the way to the top and the pto shaft is level and no where near the top of the deck.

    It all depends on the geometry of the tractor, but after my first expereience, I always look very carefully with the pto stopped on every new implement. Funny how we have to make a mess to get more careful in what we do.


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