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    Default Is my bushhog too heavy

    My JD 3203 has been running a 5 ft international heavy duty cutter . I have to tie the 3 point lever to my seat to stop it from dragging the ground , it will just drop to the ground and drag if I don't . When its raised all the way up then it will stay but only when raised all the way . The darn thing is rated for a 5 ft bushhog , when asked the service manager at Deere he said it must be too heavy , well it does not weigh over 450 lbs , any thoughts would help . I tie the control lever to the side to prevent it from lowering on its own

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    Default Re: Is my bushhog too heavy

    I would assume the lifting capacity for your 3pt hitch is much more than what your cutter weighs. Are you having a linkage issued, which may be why your having to tie off your lever.
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    Default Re: Is my bushhog too heavy

    Everything appeared to be alright but I'll check over it again , thanks

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    Default Re: Is my bushhog too heavy

    Quote Originally Posted by bm3 View Post
    My JD 3203 has been running a 5 ft international heavy duty cutter . I have to tie the 3 point lever to my seat to stop it from dragging the ground , it will just drop to the ground and drag if I don't . When its raised all the way up then it will stay but only when raised all the way . The darn thing is rated for a 5 ft bushhog , when asked the service manager at Deere he said it must be too heavy , well it does not weigh over 450 lbs , any thoughts would help . I tie the control lever to the side to prevent it from lowering on its own
    Does your lever move very easily. There should be some friction at its pivot that keeps the lever from moving on its own. There should be a way to adjust that. Just wedging something lightly next to the lever should do the same.
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    Default Re: Is my bushhog too heavy

    are you saying tht the 3pt lever by your seat will drop and then the laod drops? or is it a inching type valve like some orange tractors with a center neutrl, and a incremental up lift when moved up.. and you are having to keep it up in the 'lift' area to keep the mower up.. and if you let it center the mower drops. if the latter.. i'd say you have a lift leak. if the former.. then your 3pt lever may need some sort of friction adjustment.

    re-describe the problem and add as many details as you can based on our questions and descriptions to help us understand the exact nature of the issue.
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    Default Re: Is my bushhog too heavy

    Your tractor will handle that hog easily...
    You probably have a linkage issue...

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    bm3:

    When my new-to-me kubota had the same problem, I hooked up the chains and chain plates I used on my old Bolens G174. The attached link has the details, and a source for the parts. The system works well. No fuss. I mow around 25 acres of little trees.

    Hope this helps,

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    Default Re: Is my bushhog too heavy

    My Ford has a stop on the 3pt height adjustment lever.

    I don't like it, so I normally push it down to the bottom. This is designed so it only obscures half of the 3pt height adjustment slot, so one can easily push the lever to the side and around.

    I haven't noticed the 3pt hitch ever "leaking down". I don't see a simple tension adjustment, but that undoubtedly would vary by tractor.

    I think our old IH had something similar.

    If there is only one slot, one could add a similar stop, but wouldn't have the simple bypass.

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    Default Re: Is my bushhog too heavy

    Its the first , I have to tie the lever to the side of the seat when I have it at the right position . I was concerned about harming something by doing that . If I raise it up all the way then it will stay . Deere said its not a leak or it would not stay up. Will not stay in any position other than all the way up.

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    Does the tractor have a draft control on it?

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