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    Default "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    Would you all suggest I lift my rotary cutter/ bush hog fully with the 3PH when travelling the 4-mile route from my tractor's home to my new property I'm working on ... or raise it a little and let the cutter's single wheel carry it?

    There's a pretty noitceable difference in hydro whine when travelling with the cutter lifted off the ground; Doesn't seem like a big problem, just curious.

    2 miles of the trip is pavement. The other 2 is packed/ graded limerock.

    The cutter's tire is one of those solid-ish rubber tires like this (called laminated, I think):


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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    I seem to remember a thread about traveling across a field with a hog on the 3point and hitting a big bump. Broke major parts inside. I would rather wear down and replace a $40 wheel than something big. If your gravel roads are in need of grading you will surely find some potholes.

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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    I always lift completely for any extended period of travel.

    I can't imagine the weight of a 5'/6' shredder for that amount of time to be a problem for your tractor......that's pretty much what it's designed to do.

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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    If your cutter wheel bearing setup is like the lower one in the pictures, I would not run it on the ground no more than necessary. Those are just bushings and will wear out soon enough? Roller bearing setup lots better. Ken Sweet
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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    I'll have to check & see what it's got for bearings; It's actually my dad's ... the beast in question (why I didn't think to post this pic instead of the one above, I do not know ):


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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    Is that snow or beach sand in that picture? Nice looking outfit. Ken Sweet
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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    Huh, I didn't even notice that - It can only be ... limerock dust! From the 2-mile limerock road stretch back from my property.

    Tks for the compliment!

    I no longer use that chain around the wheel, by the way. Now that I know how easy it is to simply shorten the upper link to raise the cutter's rear way up. Learnin' ...

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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    I always raise my cutters when transporting and one is a ten foot Woods 121, never had any problems breaking things and the wheel hitting a pot hole can affect handling or damage stuff too. I have a pull behind, but it has airplane tires so they wear well.
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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    They are made to be lifted.

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    Default Re: "Pull" bush hog, or lift it when travelling?

    Looks like a pretty beefy cutter to me. I don't think I would want all that weight bouncing around on the 3pt system for 4 miles. Me I would let the tail wheel carry some of the weight.

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