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    MF 451 diesel, shuttle shift w/ loader

    Default bolting caster wheels on front of bush hog

    This might be a crazy idea, (probably is) but it doesn't hurt to ask..... I have 6' bush hog sq172 model that I use to cut yard with. (I know there are better options.) It does ok, but doesn't cut as low as I'd like without scalping some as yard is not level. I was thinking of drilling holes and bolting two swivel caster wheels on front of bush hog (see pics of lip below) A couple of holes on inside and outside of lip with bolt head up to allow more clearance for blades. Then letting 3 pt. all the way down and bush hog pulls like finish mower. One problem I might find is heavy duty wheels might still be too large diameter and not cut low enough. Also, do you think this is too much on caster wheels and they will rip off, dig into ground, Other problems?? Thanks
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    Bronze Member nuffer460's Avatar
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    Niagara County, Western New York
    2008 NorTrac 254/ NT700 FEL, Massey 44 with Cultivator, Nuffield460/ 36A FEL

    Default Re: bolting caster wheels on front of bush hog

    If you are thinking of a 6 inch toolbox caster or somthing on that level. I don't think it would last very long. Bearing life will be a problem. If you are thinking of a guild or guage wheel system like on a finish mower. You will have to come up with some heavier mounts with some height adjustments also. Just my thoughts.
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    Coastal Rhode Island
    Jinma 354, purchased 2007

    Default Re: bolting caster wheels on front of bush hog

    I don't think you want swivels.

    I put 6" steel wheels on the front corners of my mower. Like these:

    NEW Semi-Steel Rigid Caster 6" x 2" Heavy Duty 1200# Capacity MH620SS64R | eBay

    They are just through-bolted to the deck, inside the skids. I left about 2" between the skid and the wheel to try to keep debris from building up. They sit about 3/4" lower than the skid. It really helps keep the skid from digging in, although occasionally a stick or something gets caught and they clog up. They also make hitching up the mower a lot easier, on a concrete floor the whole thing rolls and I can move it with one hand.

    I was worried about durability. At first I had rubber wheels from Harbor Freight, and while they worked they gave up after a few months. The steel wheels have been on for two years now and have given no trouble.

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    Default Re: bolting caster wheels on front of bush hog

    I used steel wheels like that except for the mounting. I make my own brackets for the side.. yes I used solid rubber tires at first. but they just would not last. the steel wheels have been on 3 seasons now, They rust on the surface, but just a few minutes of "hogging" and they look good again. They work well and help to prevent scalping on my rough ground.

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