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    Default Re: Ford 917 Flail Mower

    I live in the northeast corner of the state Leonz. Near Alpena on Hubbard Lake. I also live downstate near Brighton but its starting to suck paying for 2 houses! :-)

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    Default Re: Ford 917 Flail Mower

    Quote Originally Posted by paulharvey View Post
    Is there any reason the gear box can't be filled with grease like is often done with a bushhog? Mine leaks 90w or AW68 from around the pto "spud". How difficult/expensive to pull pto stub and reseal? I gave $150 for a ?48" (53" wide) Ford-917 with the duck foot hammer-knives.

    Also is there a video or some sort of guide on how to sharpen the hamer-knives (angle and how sharp are the really suppost to be). I use mine to mow lawn, which is mostly coastal/pensacola bahia, and it leaves a lot if the seed stalks just beat up, till first rain when they stand back up.
    The manual for the 917A mower calls for "Ford 137 grease" in the gearbox. I haven't tried to buy any, I'm assuming its #00 grease.
    MF 1533, 1525 loader, loaded R4's

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    Default Re: Ford 917 Flail Mower

    It's called a banded belt (http://www.vbeltsupply.com/bandedconvetionalbelts.htm), and should be used rather than two singles. I think mine is a B63-2 or perhaps B64-2. Given all the idler adjustment, either should work. Banded belt = less slippage. Also, not only should the knives swing on the hangers - the hangers should swing on the brackets. Is you don't have that double flex, premature knife damage can occur. And no, one that knife there should be a matching pair of beveled cutting edges. A flat edge will result in a more ragged cut

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    Default Re: Ford 917 Flail Mower

    Quote Originally Posted by greg_g View Post
    It's called a banded belt (http://www.vbeltsupply.com/bandedconvetionalbelts.htm), and should be used rather than two singles. I think mine is a B63-2 or perhaps B64-2. Given all the idler adjustment, either should work. Banded belt = less slippage. Also, not only should the knives swing on the hangers - the hangers should swing on the brackets. Is you don't have that double flex, premature knife damage can occur. And no, one that knife there should be a matching pair of beveled cutting edges. A flat edge will result in a more ragged cut

    //greg//
    I didn't check the D-rings but I will now. I'm gonna guess this is something I would want to lube-up pretty good at the end of the season? How much bevel am I looking for on those blades Greg? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Ford 917 Flail Mower

    Tossed my old blades, haven't had to sharpen new ones yet. So best guess is 25 degrees. Take note that these are heat treated (hardened) blades. Care must be taken not to overheat them, as that can make them brittle

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