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  1. TerryR

    Spring Mowing Late this Year

    I'm a little late with the spring mowing of our field this year, and it's offering my John Deere 870 all it wants in third gear (2½ mph): The flail is doing a good job on it. But I'm going to have to get a couple more cans of diesel, as it's going though it faster than usual.
  2. TerryR

    Relief Valve - How to Override?

    I have a Peruzzo Fox Cross 1600 ditch and bank flail mower with an issue the dealer doesn't recognize - they seem to think it's working as designed. The cylinder that swings the mower head out to the side and back has a "safety" valve that is supposed to keep it from swinging into an obstacle...
  3. TerryR

    Ditch and Bank Mowers -- Too Fragile for Regular Use?

    My five-year-old ditch and bank mower seems to be falling apart. This spring the gearbox failed, and took a week or two to get repaired. Today it literally came apart -- the pivot assembly where the mower head attaches to the swing arms broke: The pivot shaft broke where it was welded into the...
  4. TerryR

    How to Get PTO Shaft Off Implement?

    My Peruzzo ditch and bank mower (5 years old) has failed bearings on the output shaft of the gearbox: I've ordered a replacement gearbox, and am making progress getting it torn down. But I'm currently having trouble getting the PTO shaft off. I don't actually know what the connection of the...
  5. TerryR

    Chippers Comparable to Bear Cat CH5540?

    My brother-in-law is looking for a PTO chipper, and I've recommended the model I have, which is now called a Crary Bear Cat CH5540: CH5540 | Crary Bearcat Products I've found it to be a good machine for occasional use around the homestead, and I think it's a good match for his tractor. But...
  6. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    I recently posted in another thread questions on a chain guard for my flail mower, and got some good ideas suggesting it wouldn't be that hard to make one. I've read multiple threads on making chain guards (almost all for rotary cutters) and am left with one question: What size chain to use...
  7. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    I have a Peruzzo flail mower, as I've mentioned here before, which works well except for one thing. I only mow twice a year, and by fall the growth has typically reached about two feet tall. The mower cuts the grass well enough, but some of the weeds have gotten pretty stiff by then. The belting...
  8. TerryR

    Sharpened My Peruzzo Ditch and Bank Mower Today

    For the second time in he four years I've had it, I sharpened the hammer blades on my Peruzzo ditch and bank flail mower today. I hoped it might improve the cut a bit, and/or reduce the power requirement. If it did, it was only a small amount on either. I'm not at all sure ordinary wear...
  9. TerryR

    How to Fix a Slow Tire Leak

    One of the front tires on my JD 870 has a slow leak. The fronts on the 870 are fairly small, R-1, but loaded. I've not attempted to fix a tire since I patched an bicycle inner tube 40 years ago, so need some advice. I've found the leak - a small pinhole in the middle of the tread, between the...
  10. TerryR

    Grease Fitting Extenders?

    My BearCat 73454 PTO chipper has two grease fitting that are difficult to impossible to reach, so I'm thinking of adding extensions to bring the fittings out where they are easier to reach. One is under the belt guard, which is a pain to get off. I'm thinking that a simple pipe extension...
  11. TerryR

    Broke Down and Got One of those Fake Drawbars :-(

    I've known for over 70 years that the only way you hook a trailing attachment to a tractor is by connecting it to the drawbar. Until I followed all the debate here about people using a "cross drawbar" in the 3-point hitch did I even consider that anyone would use them. But then I got older...
  12. TerryR

    Bypass Valve? How to Adjust?

    Anyone know what the proper name for this is, and how to adjust it? It's on my Peruzzo ditch and bank mower. It's on the cylinder that swings the mower head out to the side. It's purpose is to limit damage if the mower head hits an obstacle when being swung out. But it seems to be set to...
  13. TerryR

    Tractor's Out in the Cold Tonight

    Poor tractor is out in the cold tonight: The Weather Channel is predicting 18 to 24" of snow here tonight and tomorrow. If we get anything close to that I didn't want to have to trudge through it 100 yards to get it from the barn. Also, I'd rather have it at the top of the hill rather than...
  14. TerryR

    Can a Flail Mower Cut Tall Weeds?

    I'm trying my Peruzzo Ditch and Bank mower for my fall mowing, and finding it very disappointing again. It works find for ditches and banks where I mow them several times a year. But I mow the field only twice a year, so by the time I mow it has grass and weeds to 3 feet or more tall. The...
  15. TerryR

    Log Splitter Overflows Hydraulic Fluid In Vertical Position

    I've had a Troy-Bilt (MTD) 27-ton log splitter for several years and it's worked fine. Today for the first time I used it with the ram in the vertical position. I found when I retracted the ram all the way that hydraulic fluid spurted rather vigorously out of the vent. It's never done that when...
  16. TerryR

    Peruzzo Fox Cross 1600 Ditch & Bank Mower Review

    There was quite a thread on ditch and bank mowers last fall - see Offset Flail Ditch Bank Mower As a result of that discussion I ended up buying a Peruzzo Fox Cross 1600 ditch and bank flail mower. I've now had a chance to use it a bit and prompted by a private message asking about it I thought...
  17. TerryR

    Pricing a PTO Tiller for Sale

    I haven't used my PTO tiller for several years, since we reduced the size of the garden and installed deer fencing. I'm thinking spring is a good time to list it for sale but haven't a clue how to price it. It's a 21-year old Bush Hog RTS62 tiller, stored under cover with no significant rust...
  18. TerryR

    Hose Extension Leaks

    I bought an offset flail mower and the dealer installed extension hoses to reach the outlets for my FEL hydraulics. But the connectors they installed leak. Here's a photo of the connectors: They leak at the brass seals as shown by the red arrows. The are very tight - I can't tighten them any...
  19. TerryR

    Knocking Sound in PTO Shaft

    This evening when I shut down my rotary cutter I heard a knocking sound in the PTO shaft. It occurs once per revolution of the shaft. It's not too loud but loud enough to hear when standing next to it with the engine off and it slowly winding down. I can also feel it with my fingers on the...
  20. TerryR

    Shed for New Mule 610?

    My wife just bought a Mule 610 to help her get up and down the hill between the house and the garden, go to the mailbox, etc. Space is very limited near the house. The two-car garage already full and the parking area is needed for turnaround space for visitors, deliveries, etc. I'm thinking...
  21. TerryR

    Bandaid for Gasoline Spout?

    I have an ancient 1-Gal. metal gas can I use for mixed fuel for small engines. It has a handy flexible (rubber, plastic?) spout with a plug on the end and a nice big opening for mixing oil and fuel. No doubt no longer legal. Trouble is some critter chewed a hole in the spout. I don't find...
  22. TerryR

    Load Front Tires??

    My 18-year old JD 870 has finally worn out it's front tires and I'm getting ready to replace them. It uses 7-14 R1's. Both front and rears are loaded, and set a wide as they will go because of our hillside property. My tire dealer says the fronts shouldn't be loaded if I'm using it with a...
  23. TerryR

    Seat Repair on JD 870?

    My 18-year old JD 870 has been parked indoors most of its life, but the seat has finally begun to show its age. The vinyl cover is still sound, but the u-shaped edging that holds it to the steel body is coming off. I've tried to re-seat it but after an hour or two it pops off again. Has anyone...
  24. TerryR

    Grading an "Interesting" Driveway

    I just finished my fall grading of our driveway, and in light of all the discussions on this topic from time to time I thought I'd share the challenges involved. The driveway is gravel, a quarter mile long, and gains 150 ft. in elevation, for an average grade of 14%, though it's not uniform and...
  25. TerryR

    How Did I Do This???

    When I finished some mowing with my Bush Hog Squealer a few days ago I noticed something funny. The rear wheel is clearly bent, which is visible when I spin the wheel. In addition, the fork is bent sideways, as is visible in the two photos. I do a lot of backing into the edge of the woods...
  26. TerryR

    Equipment Dollies I Made

    I sadly came to the conclusion that 1) I'm not getting any younger, 2) my tractor "toys" are not getting any lighter, and 3) the number of toys has outgrown the space I designed into my storage shed. As a result changing attachments was becoming a growing issue. I looked at quick hitches, but...
  27. TerryR

    PTO Leaf Vac?

    I'm looking at getting a leaf vac, primarily to get leaves out of the ditches along our long driveway. Because of the prevailing winds, I currently have to blow them up an 8-foot bank with my backpack blower - if I blow them to the other side the wind puts them right back in the ditch, where...
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