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    Default Brush hog-access panel

    I don't like working under my 6-ft Hawkline mower so I rigged up an access panel for blade sharpening and removal.

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    Layed out the pattern. Drilled 1/2" holes in the corners for stress relief.
    Cut the 1/8" sheet metal (it's non-structural) with my 4-1/2" angle grinder.
    Drilled some scrap steel angle for 5/16" hex bolts (slip fit).
    Welded it up.

    Now all I have to do is use a 4x4 and a 2x4 wedge under the blade to keep it fixed when sharpening with the angle grinder. And the large hex bolt that attaches the blade to the stump jumper is a lot easier to access for replacement.

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    Default Re: Brush hog-access panel

    Nice work! I have threatened to do the same thing on a Bush Hog 285 for several years. You may have given me the push I need.

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    Default Re: Brush hog-access panel

    Will it be able to withstand a rock or large stick hitting it? I can’t make out how it’s attached.

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    Default Re: Brush hog-access panel

    Quote Originally Posted by MMagis View Post
    Will it be able to withstand a rock or large stick hitting it? I can稚 make out how it痴 attached.
    The steel angle pieces are welded to the mower's sheet metal and to the removable panel. A little dicey with a stick welder on 1/8" thick steel ( sheet metal burnthrough problems if you're not careful). But I used 1/8" 7014 rod, 90 amps/DC+ and it seemed to work OK. And the six 5/16" hex bolts secure the removable panel to the mower. I don't think that panel is going anywhere.

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    Default Re: Brush hog-access panel

    Now I see it. That should make things much simpler.

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