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    Default Raising Mower height via Drawbar modification

    I would like to just clip seed heads and the very tops of larger fescue clumps. I need my max height to be about 4 or so inches higher. I have been all over the mechanical make up of my older model Bushhog 2615 batwing mower. As far as I can tell, there is nothing on the mower itself that will get any more height than what the tractor's drawbar height will allow. I can go lower than the drawbar, but not higher.

    Is there a safe modification that can be done to get a bit more out of the deal? I don't dare use a 3-pt draw bar with this tractor. The lever is a bit touchy and it is too easy to raise the 3pt above the PTO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnuckleDragger View Post
    I would like to just clip seed heads and the very tops of larger fescue clumps. I need my max height to be about 4 or so inches higher. I have been all over the mechanical make up of my older model Bushhog 2615 batwing mower. As far as I can tell, there is nothing on the mower itself that will get any more height than what the tractor's drawbar height will allow. I can go lower than the drawbar, but not higher.

    Is there a safe modification that can be done to get a bit more out of the deal? I don't dare use a 3-pt draw bar with this tractor. The lever is a bit touchy and it is too easy to raise the 3pt above the PTO.
    There are tractor drawbars available with a offset built into the hitch end. One of those would give you more lift and be safe also. Ken Sweet
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    Why not use the stupid little cuff things that limit the lift cylinders from retracting all the way? Or is that not tall enough?

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    Default Re: Raising Mower height via Drawbar modification

    290880809434

    Above is a Ebay tem # of a set of New stroke control segments used to control the cylinder retraction. Ken Sweet
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweettractors View Post
    290880809434

    Above is a Ebay tem # of a set of New stroke control segments used to control the cylinder retraction. Ken Sweet
    That's it, could not think of the name.

    stupid little cuff things = stroke control segments

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    Default Re: Raising Mower height via Drawbar modification

    What about good old Zerco check chains?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff9366 View Post
    What about good old Zerco check chains?
    I doubt those will work on a 15' batwing.

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    Default Re: Raising Mower height via Drawbar modification

    Thanks all. An offset drawbar sounds like what I need. I wonder if I could weld up something myself just to attach to existing drawbar.

    Stroke control segments are nice. I have a slow cylinder leak and I depend on them to keep from scalping as the cylinder retracts. Fully extended, I am only as tall as the draw bar.

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