Search results

Results 1 to 200 of 300
  1. TerryR

    Spring Mowing Late this Year

    I have a few banks to mow, and it's great for that, but I bought it mainly so I could offset it and not run over what I was about to mow with the tractor. With a rotary I got a lot of "popup" from what wasn't cut when the tires crushed stuff down before mowing. Also, the rotary left big...
  2. TerryR

    Spring Mowing Late this Year

    Today I was in a different part of the field, grass not as heavy but the terrain offers another challenge: :)
  3. TerryR

    Spring Mowing Late this Year

    It does this time of year. Not so much in the fall when some of those weeds get stiff and the flail wants to bend them over and not cut them. But it does a lot better even then since I replaced the factory belt guard with a chain guard.
  4. TerryR

    Spring Mowing Late this Year

    Actually, I found the flail normally requires at least half again as much fuel as my old rotary.
  5. 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.
  6. TerryR

    Mott 72 Flail Mower sparking and throwing belt

    That's what it looks like to me.
  7. TerryR

    Victory Flail Mower - breaking shear bolts constantly

    The slotted top link is essential to allow the mower to follow the contour as you run over hills and dips. I set the height of the front of the mower by adjusting the height of the lower links, then adjust the top link so the pin is in the middle of the slot so the mower and move as needed as I...
  8. TerryR

    Ok to bushhog a utility line ROW?

    That's simply not true. What's offered is what's offered. If you don't like what's offered, you can always buy a different property.
  9. TerryR

    Ok to bushhog a utility line ROW?

    They paid the price for perpetual use up front, to the then-owner. They could have obtained a limited use right, but didn't, and the then-owner agreed. In exchange he was accepting any future discount in sales price that might caused by the existence of the perpetual right-of-way when he sold...
  10. TerryR

    Flail mower hydraulic

    Yes, it works very well. That's what I've used since I bought my ditch and bank flail. The float position on one of the channels is recommended for the tilt function, and very useful. Having both offset and tilt functions on the FEL joystick is very handy. It doesn't take long to get used to...
  11. TerryR

    Do You Have a Tractor Shed/Barn?

    But many of us don't. We have 12 acres, with two flat spots. This one, with the garden in the foreground and my tractor barn and implement shed beyond, was graded level by the prior owner for a single-wide mobile home. Then we have about the same amount near the house with space to park about...
  12. TerryR

    Do You Have a Tractor Shed/Barn?

    There was a small pole barn, with Masonite siding that was coming apart and metal roof that leaked on our property when we bought it 25+ years ago. That's where I keep my tractor. Here's a shot of it with my tractor in it as I was half way through replacing the siding and roof. Before I...
  13. TerryR

    Status of Everything Attachments

    The businesses I trade with in person are mainly hardware/building supply and restaurants. The former don't apply a CC surcharge. We only go to locally owned restaurants and here they mainly charge 3%. I tried cash there, and it's too much of a hassle to have cash for the tip and the register. I...
  14. TerryR

    Is Summit Tractors still doing business?

    They last responded there 22 Feb of this year.
  15. TerryR

    Mower operation

    It is a Peruzzo 1600 ditch and bank mower. I only mow twice a year, so I'm normally cutting stuff two to three feet tall. It doesn't like the stiff weeds, just pushes them over and leaves them uncut. Setting it close to the ground as some here recommended doesn't help. They just lay down until...
  16. TerryR

    Mower operation

    I also have a hilly property and found with my rotary I was constantly adjusting the height of the 3-point to keep the front of the mower from digging in when the rear tractor tires went into a dip. I think that's just the nature of the beast. I then got a ditch and bank flail, and mostly run...
  17. TerryR

    Status of Everything Attachments

    Yes, it's the right site, but it's huge. You want archive.com/web -- also known as the Wayback Machine. Google that term. Then enter the URL of the site you are interested in, and when it comes up look at the calendar for dates when they captured the site. I found "Meet the team" by looking at a...
  18. TerryR

    90hp tractor 5ft rotary mower

    Good point. That's a major reason why I got an offset mower, in my case a ditch and bank flail. My rotary did an awful job because it couldn't cut the weeds the tractor had run over and they popped back up half an hour later.
  19. TerryR

    Why don’t you own a toothbar?

    Never felt any need. I suppose 25 years ago when I did a bit of grading I could of used one, but I did fine without it.
  20. TerryR

    Question on an equipment purchase

    That's an interesting concept. :) We'd like to have more than one dealer at all in the whole county, let alone multiple dealers of multiple brands.
  21. TerryR

    Road transport of 10-12' disk?

    The were common in the farming area of northern California when I grew up in the 1950's and 60's. There is also a four-wheel style that's quite a lot longer. At that time there it was common for farmers to lease fields some distance apart, so a way of transporting implements was needed. The...
  22. TerryR

    Road transport of 10-12' disk?

    You load wide implements crosswise in them, so the wide dimension is parallel to the road.
  23. TerryR

    Kioti rx7320 brakes?

    If it has a clutch, it sounds like a manual transmission. For the 120 years or so that manual transmissions have been in use in vehicles, you always have had to press the clutch before stopping. With highway vehicles, if you let off on the "gas" pedal and press the brake without pressing the...
  24. TerryR

    Grease around fittings. . .

    Wipe it off around the nipple before greasing; leave the rest.
  25. TerryR

    Pto generator

    Smaller wheels wouldn't help the angle at the generator unless the tongue is modified to lower the front end of the cart.
  26. TerryR

    Relief Valve - How to Override?

    No, it is in both cases operating at PTO speed, which is full throttle on my machine.
  27. TerryR

    Relief Valve - How to Override?

    Thanks, ptsg. Given no other apparent cause I'll have to look at that. I've recognized that retracting the cylinder, which is the direction it fails, requires higher pressure to achieve the same force because of the smaller piston area being acted upon. So that could in part explain a failure...
  28. TerryR

    Relief Valve - How to Override?

    Thanks, ptsg. That makes sense. So it's only supposed to protect against over-pressure on the extend side. Since my issue is with the retract side, the valve could only be the cause if it were held open for some reason. But a bad piston seal could cause retract action to fail under load as you...
  29. TerryR

    Relief Valve - How to Override?

    Well, the issue isn't fixed, and after looking at it more closely, I'm more confused than ever. Here's a shot of the cylinder in question. The mower head is fully retracted here, which is means the cylinder is fully extended: I have always thought the relief valve, which you can see attached...
  30. TerryR

    Relief Valve - How to Override?

    I took it apart today. It's pretty simple. The spring bears on the end of a spool, I suppose you call it, about 50-60 mm long. It has a head that the spring bears on, which also seems to be the valve. It has a shank around 8mm in diameter, which has thinner sections. I didn't find an O-ring, but...
  31. TerryR

    Relief Valve - How to Override?

    Thanks, ptsg, I'll give that a try this morning.
  32. TerryR

    Relief Valve - How to Override?

    Thanks. It hadn't occurred to me I could open the valve and look for issues. To do that I back out the hex "nut" closest to the valve body, the one the adjusting screw goes into?
  33. 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...
  34. TerryR

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

    My son is visiting for a few days and we got the new part installed. Getting the old one apart proved to be less difficult that I was expecting but getting the mowing head mounted on the shaft on the attachment bracket proved challenging. Getting heavy parts properly aligned was the issue. I was...
  35. TerryR

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

    I agree, but if you read the rest of the thread you will see that I already have an OEM replacement, which is reinforced much better than the original.
  36. TerryR

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

    Did you mean like this: This is the new one I got from the dealer. Looks like they have done just what you suggested -- the shaft comes through the hole in the plate about twice as far, then they have added that brace welded across the end of the shaft. That should make this part more rugged.
  37. TerryR

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

    As follow up --- the dealer has the broken part in stock. So rather than trust that the one welding shop in town can properly repair, I've decided to go that route. It will arrive tomorrow, probably sooner than I could get a repair in and out of the local shop. The dealer has asked the...
  38. TerryR

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

    I sent an email to the dealer yesterday, and am waiting for them to open so I can follow up. I need to look again, but at first glance it looks like a totally new break, not something that's been cracked before.
  39. TerryR

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

    Yes, I always run the lift cylinder in the float position except in those few cases when I need to hold it up, like when it wants to roll into a deep roadside ditch.
  40. TerryR

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

    I'd guess around 100 hours. It takes me 10 to 12 hours, twice a year. As to machine or welding shop, it doesn't matter as there is only on such business in the county. Not sure I'd drive an hour "off the mountain" to a business I know nothing about.
  41. TerryR

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

    Yes, I've been thinking having it longer so it protrudes through the hole a bit might be good. I'm surprised it wasn't made that way. It was just welded on the back side, flush with the back of the plate. I need to be sure there's room there for it to come through.
  42. TerryR

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

    I mow three acres of field, mostly steep with lots of trees, and half a mile of road side twice a year. This broke while mowing in the field.
  43. TerryR

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

    I think he came to inspect the damage. I don't understand "welding is not the solution." The shaft seems fine, it just broke off the bracket it was welded into. Though it looks like the penetration was not uniform all the way around the shaft, given that the break is deeper on one side than the...
  44. TerryR

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

    It's Peruzzo Fox Cross 1600.
  45. 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...
  46. TerryR

    FEL plow vs. rear blade for 1 mile of infrequent chipseal road snow removal

    I'd go for the rear blade, no doubt. But 12" is a bit much for your rig I think, it would be happier with 8-10". But as oldnslo says, a rear blade will definitely turn you into the ditch very quickly if you hit something too firm, like a block of frozen snow. I run a rear blade on a JD 870...
  47. TerryR

    Brush Cutter

    Only if you mow often. If you let the weeds get tall and stiff, it does a lousy job. It totally depends on what you are trying to cut and what you expect the results to be.
  48. TerryR

    Brush Cutter

    It totally depends on what you are trying to cut, and the results you want. If you are cutting thick tall stuff a flail will be a big load for your tractor and won't leave a good cut. A rotary would do much better. But if you are cutting it often a flail will do a nicer job. But is it worth the...
  49. TerryR

    Which type of Flail Mower to choose

    I assume you mean when running it fully in, right behind the tractor. I wouldn't know as I seldom run it in that position for more than a couple of minutes. I've never noticed it creeping when full extended, and I think that requires pressure on the cylinder too.
  50. TerryR

    Which type of Flail Mower to choose

    I see no issue with running it fully extended, as long as you don't hit anything with it. I got into a bunch of trees, and backed up without watching closely enough so the mower hit a tree. The result is that head now sits at a perceptible angle to the tractor. It's not clear just what is...
  51. TerryR

    Del morino v-belt installation

    I don't know about the OP's Del Morino, but on my Peruzzo that is not true, as the dealer has verified. With the tensioner pulley fully released you still have to roll the belts on under tension. From experience, I can tell you that one in three old belts will snap when trying to re-install...
  52. TerryR

    Flail mower blades

    Thanks.
  53. TerryR

    Flail mower blades

    It takes me three days or so to do my field (at age 82 I don't work more than three hours a day), so going back over it a second time isn't in the cards. But I found replacing the factory belt front guard with a chain guard mostly fixed the problem. The chain guard lets them stand up more so...
  54. TerryR

    Brush Cutter Identification

    I'd think a link like that, or even just a length of chain instead of the stiff upper arm, will work.
  55. TerryR

    Flail mower blades

    I have a Fox Cross, Peruzzo's lighter duty model, with the hammer blades. It does just fine with grass and low weeds. The only thing it has some difficulty with is weeds with stiff stems, especially when they over two feet tall. They get bent over by the front of the mower and don't spring...
  56. TerryR

    Brush Cutter Identification

    It looks homemade to me, but others may recognize it. One point -- that looks like a rigid top link, and there is no give visible anywhere in the frame. If so, something's likely to bend or break when you run through a dip.
  57. TerryR

    Echo Bear Cat Chipper

    Other than the grease fitting issue I described above, it's been a great machine. I had about 6" cut out of the chute in order to fit in my shed. I've never had an issue with the chute plugging, an issue I see mentioned from time to time. I like that there are lots of positions available for...
  58. TerryR

    Echo Bear Cat Chipper

    Be my guest. I found the hose and fittings for the lower one, and adapters, at GreaseExtensionHoses.com -- not cheap, but having the right parts made it easy. The fittings on mine are 6mm, not an easy size to find around here.
  59. TerryR

    Echo Bear Cat Chipper

    Are you speaking of the manual when you say it's not detailed? Yes, you are right about that. As I recall, it's mainly about the trailer model and gives almost no info on the three-point model, among other issues. I found greasing to a bit of an issue. The front bearing on the flywheel shaft is...
  60. TerryR

    Echo Bear Cat Chipper

    Good to hear, Alan. I have the same model, but have never had to deal with the belts, so far. It's been a good machine for me.
  61. TerryR

    PTO Chipper Advice -- maneuverability and center of gravity concerns

    Welcome, Ben. I really can't speak to your stability issue hills, but do have a couple of thoughts about the two smaller machines. I'd be very concerned about not being able to rotate the chute. I change mine all the time. If there is much of a breeze you want to put the input chute upwind so...
  62. TerryR

    Mowing on slopes maximum angle before tip

    What I think is the steepest section I mow across the slope measures 23 degrees. At that slope the tractor and mower crab sideways noticeably on dry grass -- the front tire has to be up the hill nearly a foot compared to what it is on level ground. I've mowed this section this way for 25 years...
  63. TerryR

    Using a chain as top link with attachments

    Gordon, You are right. I had forgotten to take into account the difference between the height of the top link connection point and the length of the mower. Your estimates are reasonable, so the top link sees around twice the weight of the mower, once the rear wheel is off the ground.
  64. TerryR

    Using a chain as top link with attachments

    But only about half the weight is on the chain. The lower arms support the front of the mower, and chain only supports the rear, then only once the tail wheel comes off the ground. The geometry of the links can change the load the chain gets. For example if the chain isn't parallel to the...
  65. TerryR

    Flail mower first try = terrible cut… SOLVED

    From my experience, I can tell you that lowering the mower will not help with the stiff weeds, but will make it worse because they will be pushed over more and will lay on the ground below the blades. About all you will accomplish is hit more rocks and dull the hammers. Get ready to sharpen...
  66. TerryR

    Flail mower first try = terrible cut… SOLVED

    Yes, that's a flail mower. They do not do well with tall stem weeds. the front of the housing, especially if there is a stiff guard hanging down, pushes them over and holds them down while the mower rides over them. See Can a Flail Mower Cut Tall Weeds? My solution was to replace the stiff...
  67. TerryR

    Peruzzo Fox Cross 1600 Ditch & Bank Mower Review

    Ken, I suggest you check the belt tension after a bit. Mine is now five years old and the bearings on the belt shaft on the gearbox gave up, making lots of noise and an oily mess. It is used 10 or 12 hours twice a year, so not that many hours on it. I don't know whether this was because of an...
  68. TerryR

    What do the numbers mean? 770 790 650 etc?

    The 70-series was made 1989 - 1998. The leading number indicates the size within the series. There were 670, 770, 870, 970, and 1070. I have an 870 that I bought new. Great little tractors. There was an earlier 50-series, and a later 90-series, then they went to a different numbering system.
  69. TerryR

    alot of problems with my model 450 ronnd baler new holland

    We will probably never know whether he got if fixed. He posted this Sept. 5, 2012 and hasn't been on the forum since the next day.
  70. TerryR

    Field work

    Couldn't tell you about no oil changes in 20 years, but I bought my JD 870 new in 1997, and have had the oil changed three times, most recently last year. It runs fine.
  71. TerryR

    How to Get PTO Shaft Off Implement?

    Thanks, Roustabout, and others who made this point. That's exactly right. A single, more serious, blow on the thread end popped it right out. As several said, the bolt is tapered, so once it moved a bit it was loose. Then the yoke pulled off the shaft with no problem.
  72. TerryR

    How to Get PTO Shaft Off Implement?

    Thanks, LouNY, That did the trick. I found a video on the Eurocardan model I have. Turns out once you have the silver- colored ring off, the bell just pulls off. It's a bit tight but if you work it back and forth a bit it comes right off.
  73. TerryR

    How to Get PTO Shaft Off Implement?

    The nut was fairly tight on the bolt, so I don't think it is spring loaded. The head of the bolt is strange. It's round, no bigger than the diameter of the bolt if that, with two flats cut on opposite sides, so it won't take a socket. I'll try a wrench on it to see if it will turn.
  74. TerryR

    How to Get PTO Shaft Off Implement?

    Thanks. I found one that seems to show how it comes apart. I'll give it a try tomorrow.
  75. TerryR

    How to Get PTO Shaft Off Implement?

    I banged on it a couple of times and it didn't seem to move. I guess I need to get more serious about it. Thanks.
  76. 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...
  77. TerryR

    Removing Bush Hog blade?

    Joe, I see now that the parts diagram you posted, which does show the key, is not for the model you have, so that may explain the difference. Terry
  78. TerryR

    Removing Bush Hog blade?

    The bolt has a key formed into it that is supposed to fit in a keyway cut in the arm. It's the same as the one I used to have, and you see it on the drawing if you look just right: If it turns, either it's dropped down so the key is out of the slot or it's sheared off.
  79. TerryR

    Opening ditch lines

    You will need to adjust the horizontal angle. Your tractor probably has an adjustment to make one side of the 3-point lower arms lower or higher. But I don't get enough angle that way on my tractor. But you can get a lot more by adjusting the top link. If you make it shorter the leading edge of...
  80. TerryR

    SOME VERY BIG EQUIPMENT

    Sounds like someone with no clue what he's looking at reading manufacturer's sales brochures.
  81. TerryR

    Surge Protection Install Ques

    Which rating are you talking about? - The Nominal Discharge Current (In) – the peak value of current, through the surge protective device (SPD) remains functional after 15 surges. - The Short Circuit Current Rating - the amount of “available” current that the SPD can be subjected to and...
  82. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Sorry, it looks like the photos went in another thread. See Chain Guards for Flail Mower? -- photos are on the second page.
  83. TerryR

    Branson site gone?

    Have you tried the Way Back Machine? It has the Branson site captured at a number of time points. Start at Wayback Machine
  84. TerryR

    Chippers Comparable to Bear Cat CH5540?

    That's exactly the same model as the one I bought 26 years ago. I hated that I had to rake out the chips from underneath it every few minutes. So I soon replaced it with a straight chipper with a blower that gets the chips out of the way.
  85. TerryR

    Chippers Comparable to Bear Cat CH5540?

    Good point. I wasn't thinking about service, but availability and possible competition on price. For me, the Bear Cat site says my nearest dealer is now 60 miles away, but the nearest one that admits on its website to be a Bear Cat dealer is 90 miles away.
  86. 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...
  87. TerryR

    Which type of Flail Mower to choose

    I have a Peruzzo Fox Cross 1600 ditch and bank mower, which does a great job on ditches and banks, as expected. But I also use it as a field mower and it works fine. I generally use if full offset because I only mow twice a year, so what I'm mowing is 18 to 20 inches high, and it lays down when...
  88. TerryR

    LX2610 and Landpride WC1504 wood chipper

    Really? I've been using a manual feed chipper for over 25 years and still don't have CT. That's not "soon"? I think manual feed is perfect for a property owner that uses a chipper a few times a year. Probably not so much for someone who uses it a lot.
  89. TerryR

    What attachment do I need?

    All you need is a rear blade, no fancy hydraulics, and a willingness to learn how to use it. See the results on my steep quarter mile gravel driveway here: Grading an "Interesting" Driveway
  90. TerryR

    Seasonal maintenance

    For me, seasonal (fall) maintenance is taking off whatever implement is on the tractor and mounting the rear blade for snow plowing, putting the tractor in the barn facing the door that goes out to the driveway, and checking the fuel level to be sure there's enough to run a while.
  91. TerryR

    Wood chippers

    For sure. I mainly chip limbs downed by nature or brush from downed trees. Being able to drive around the property and chip where the stuff lies, blowing the chips into the woods is great. No hauling stuff to a burn pile and then spending hours tending the fire.
  92. TerryR

    Wood chippers

    I have a Cary Bearcat 73454 3-pt chipper, which is similar to their CH5540 today. It has a 140 lb flywheel, and I run it with my JD 870, which was rated at 25 PTO HP. It runs it fine, but does lug down if I put something large and solid in it. But I generally use anything like that for firewood...
  93. TerryR

    Flail Mower rotary mower vs flail

    What does "not do a very good job" mean? What's it doing or not doing that is a problem? Without knowing what problem you are trying to solve it's very difficult to suggest an alternative.
  94. TerryR

    Titan Attachments on Amazon

    I think that's normal for anything shipped by freight. They expect you to be able to unload the item off the truck, with a forklift or the like. Responsible dealers will point that out to you, and offer to specify a lift gate at extra cost if you need the truck to lower the load to the ground...
  95. TerryR

    Hillside Compact Tractor?

    Page 13 has diagrams of the gear arrangement: Here's Google Translate's version of the caption: "Figure 8 - Double folding gearbox mountain-flat modifications of the universal row-crop tractor "Belarus" with variable chassis geometry"
  96. TerryR

    Hillside Compact Tractor?

    You can copy the text into Google Translate, which generally gives pretty good results. Here's what it does with the part on pg 12 that describes how the wheels work: "An example of a universal variant of a variable geometry undercarriage system is a mountain-flat modification of a tractor...
  97. TerryR

    Trac-Vac Rehab/Refit

    I think the tapered design is relatively new. Mine is the old design, which doesn't have that. I've never had much of an issue dumping even so. Driving a short while to the dump site on a gravel road settles the leaves into more of a brick. Then I open the rear, dump, and then bounce the front...
  98. TerryR

    Looking for opinions re: chain stabilizers vs rigid tube stabilizers for lift arms.

    I've used my JD 870 with the turnbuckle style stabilizers for 25 years, and never had a bit of trouble with them. No need to clean them or lubricate them, they just work. Must be well made. They have a hole in the screw thread for a pin, so no need use a jam nut, nor any tools to adjust them...
  99. TerryR

    Road Side Mowing with a Sickle Bar

    Nice post. Thanks.
  100. TerryR

    Trac-Vac Rehab/Refit

    I have a Trac Vac model 854 pto leaf vac, which is generally used with a mower deck. But I've never used it that way, only with a pickup hose. It was supplied with two sections of 8" black hose, joined with a short section of pipe. The joint was a regular problem because twigs caught there and...
  101. TerryR

    TMG chipper

    If "Chuck and Duck" refers only to big commercial chippers why is it often used in this forum, including early in this thread, to mis-describe the little machines we use?
  102. TerryR

    TMG chipper

    That exactly is my point. "Chuck and duck" doesn't describe the way it works at all. So why is it used to disparage manual feed? I see that comment often, but in 25+ years of using a PTO chipper I've never had it happen.
  103. TerryR

    TMG chipper

    I love that term. Seems to me it was invented by someone who had never used a manual feed chipper and needed to justify paying more than he had to for occasional use. As one who has owned and used manual feed chippers for 25 years as an "occasional use" homeowner, unless you're made of money...
  104. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    So far I've not had anything come near me, which did happen a couple of times with the guard removed. I think flails really throw less stuff with lower speed than rotaries.
  105. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    I finished my fall mowing a few days ago, so finally got to really test the chain guards. They did everything I had hoped. Mowing as clean as without the guard, but no little stuff flying out the front. Here's a shot of mowing some tall stiff stuff: I don't mow anything truly vertical, but did...
  106. TerryR

    THIS is the definition of stuck!!!

    Yes, he did. If you watch the episode you can see a big hole where he tired to pull himself out with the bucket.
  107. TerryR

    Over-running Clutch For PTO Inside The Tranny?

    Not on any modern tractor with independent PTO.
  108. TerryR

    Tight turning with 4WD on

    I've never noticed that difference, but I rarely operate pavement or dry ground. Mostly on grass on hillsides, so brakes are needed for turning, 4WD or no, especially with the mower offset to one side. I never operate in 2WD except on pavement, which is rare. I never lock the brakes together...
  109. TerryR

    Tight turning with 4WD on

    Really? I've been participating in this forum for 13 years and don't remember the subject every coming up. Maybe I wasn't paying attention? What's the argument against using turning brakes while in 4WD?
  110. TerryR

    Tight turning with 4WD on

    Why not?
  111. TerryR

    My Newest Toy

    Yes, it does. We bought a Kawasaki Mule some years ago - should have done it long ago. But we found the noise from the air-cooled engine very annoying, so replaced it a couple of year ago with an electric model. We love it, though the deer we can now sneak up on, not so much.
  112. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    It took a while, but I got a chain guard made up, and installed it today: I basically use toolslinger's design, modified just a bit. Thanks to him for the design help. Since this is a flail and not a rotary cutter, and because I didn't have any of the materials lying around so had to buy...
  113. TerryR

    Can all tractors flip over easy?

    Not ignoring them, but accounting for the fact that they don't come into play until you have already rolled a bit, and you may well have enough momentum by then to go on over, especially on a side hill situation.
  114. TerryR

    Can all tractors flip over easy?

    No convincing because your drawings don't align with reality. I have not clue how many agree, but that doesn't matter; what matters is the physics of the situation, some drawing. Here's what it really acts like:
  115. TerryR

    Flail Make identification and Pulley Removal

    The center hub with the three bolts is split so it can clamp down on the shaft when it's pulled into a tapered hole in the pulley by the bolts. As K51WQ says, take the bolts out and put them into the three empty holes to remove the pulley from the hub to release the hub from the shaft. It may...
  116. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    I got a quote from our (only) local welding shop for $140 and change for materials and fabrication, excluding the chain. I told them to go ahead. That's a design based on what toolslinger suggested, which I think will work well for my application. Now I need the chain, about 40 ft. of 3/16"...
  117. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, toolslinger. My error - the 3/16 chain fits on a 5/16 rod, not 7/16. I looked at the existing holes for the belt guard, and they are a bit under 10" apart. I think that should be plenty even for the 5/16 rod.
  118. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, LS Owner. That's what Toolslinger suggested and provided photos of in my original thread. That's the approach I'm leaning toward at the moment. I'm thinking 3/16" chain would work best for my flail rather than the 1/4" more typically used on rotary cutters. It's a bit finer and lighter...
  119. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, Smokeydog. I hadn't realized that 286 was a six-foot mower. So what I'm looking for is the one for the 285.
  120. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    I find a 60" chain guard for King Kutter for $240. I don't know anything about King Kutter but don't have a great impression of them from comments here. Any thoughts?
  121. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Just checked with my local BH dealer, and he wants $426. :-( I'll see if I can do better.
  122. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, Smokeydog. I'd found the guard for the BH216 at about $100 more. I'd not come across the 286. I'll see if I can get that and what it would cost. I see it listed in Illinois for just under $280. Would you know how long the bar is on it?
  123. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, Tinhack, but with the price of gas, I'm guessing hiring a local shop to do it would be cheaper. I'm going to talk to one in the next few days.
  124. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, Cathy. I assume that's a rotary cutter? I'm thinking I can do well with lighter chains on a flail.
  125. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    That's about what came on it from the factory on mine. It has hammer blades. Here's the result when mowing in the fall with the guard on: Here's what I'm trying to cut: I've looked at the designs that put the top chain link through a notch and hold them with a rod, but making 60 or so...
  126. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Those are exactly the reasons I've been leaning toward a lighter chain, especially A and C. Thanks.
  127. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, LS.
  128. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, John.
  129. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    Thanks, ptsg. That looks like a heavy duty rig.
  130. TerryR

    Chain Guards -- What Size Chain?

    In the fall the rubber guard that comes with it pushes down what I'm mowing (I mow only twice a year) and the stiff stuff doesn't pop up enough to be cut, creating an awful result. I've taken the guard off, which mostly fixed that issue. But it's a ditch and bank mower, and I use it full offset...
  131. 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...
  132. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    Thanks, Halftrack. That looks like it would be very effective. Constructing it as a retrofit looks like it might be a little challenging.
  133. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    Thanks, toolslinger. I think this is the direction I'll be going. Since I don't have either the materials laying around or much in the way of metalworking tools, I'm thinking I'll offer this opportunity to our local welding shop to make up the mounts, and maybe to cut the spacers. FYI, to...
  134. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    Thanks, toolslinger. Yes, making it for a flail is simpler. The clearance to the blades is considerably more than the length needed for the chains. I could mount them directly to the face of the mower and avoid having a separate mounting plate. I'd prefer that to avoid adding more weight than...
  135. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    OK, Midniteoyl's got me thinking. Could you explain what you did? What's the size of the chain? Where did you get the yellow blocks that hold the rod? That's a neat way to hang it. Did you use a rod with spacers between the links?
  136. TerryR

    Chain Guards for Flail Mower?

    Not that good, I'm afraid. It's been 60 years since I've done any, and as long since I've had a welder.
  137. 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...
  138. 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...
  139. TerryR

    Tractor mounted PTO leaf vac

    Trac-Vac is one of several manufacturers that make PTO leaf vacs. I've had one for several years, and it works very well. They mainly market it for attachment to a mid-mount mower, but sell it without that attachment, and with a long hose with a handle on the end to maneuver it. That's the...
  140. TerryR

    Flail Mower Finally a flail member, but need help

    Why do you want to add gauge wheels? It's supposed to run on the roller at the back. Adjust its position to change the height of cut.
  141. TerryR

    imatch knock-offs? (JD2305 & RC2048)

    If you have no other implements, and don't expect to change often, do you need a quick-hitch at all? I have a number of implements, but don't change them all that often and have never found the need for one. You may have to shorten the driveline, but that's a common practice that's described in...
  142. TerryR

    Minimum HP for Flail Mowers

    It is well made. See my review at Peruzzo Fox Cross 1600 Ditch & Bank Mower Review I have since sold my rotary mower, and use just the Fox Cross for mowing the field. The issue of poor cut quality of stout weeds is caused by my only mowing twice a year - they get pretty tough by the end of the...
  143. TerryR

    Minimum HP for Flail Mowers

    I have a JD 870, which weighs around 2600 lb plus four loaded tires and a full set of suitcase weights on the front, and is rated at 28 hp, 25 on the PTO. I run a five foot Peruzzo Fox Cross 1600 ditch and bank mower, which runs only 640 lb. I mow twice a year, so the grass can be heavy, and...
  144. TerryR

    Good source for attachment caster assemblies?

    If you are serious about getting casters that will work for the job, I'd suggest Caster City. They offer a wide variety of styles, helpful guidance and live people who can advise on what's best for any application. I used them for casters for my implement dollies, and got different models for...
  145. TerryR

    What tractor or piece of equipment for this hilly pasture?

    Have you tried to measure the slope? The one I showed above measures 21 degrees in the steepest parts, according to my iPhone. Yes, I have difficulty walking down it, more so since I turned 80, but it was never easy.
  146. TerryR

    What tractor or piece of equipment for this hilly pasture?

    Those slopes don't look all that steep to me. Here's the one I mow twice a year: I have mowed it crossways, but now mow it up and down the slope, with a 4wd John Deere 870. It is a bit of a load going up with a flail, was less so when I used a rotary cutter.
  147. TerryR

    FEL level indicator

    Thanks, Chris.
  148. TerryR

    FEL level indicator

    Thanks for actually answering my question. That's helpful.
  149. TerryR

    FEL level indicator

    As I already said, I asked because I wanted to understand why people find them so useful. Why is that hard to grasp? What negative comment are you talking about? What did I say negative about levels? All I said was I didn't understand.
  150. TerryR

    FEL level indicator

    You don't need to resort to name calling. I asked because I wanted to understand.
  151. TerryR

    FEL level indicator

    I've never understood the interest in bucket level indicators. I just look at the top of the bucket, which is parallel with the bottom and visible on either side of the tractor, and judge by that. Is the top not parallel to the bottom on some units?
  152. TerryR

    Woods Blade feedback.

    I have to agree. I run a Bushog 60" rear blade on my JD 870. It has about the same HP as yours, but weighs nearly twice as much. My blade weighs three times as much as the one you are looking at. I find I have plenty of HP, but the blade will only cut into the gravel drive when the drive is...
  153. TerryR

    Stump plane

    That's about what I'd expect. :-)
  154. TerryR

    Stump plane

    I wondered about rocks too. We have lots of them. I have a water line that goes under a rock I couldn't get out with a trencher. But then I wonder how those stump grinders with high-speed wheels do in rocks.
  155. TerryR

    Weight of tyres after filling with water

    Mine were loaded by the JD dealer when I bought the tractor, so apparently he didn't see an issue. I have trouble seeing the small amount of weight that fits in the fronts making any difference in steering. On the other hand, the small amount of weight probably doesn't make that much difference...
  156. TerryR

    Weight of tyres after filling with water

    Why? Mine have loaded for 25 years and I've not seen an issue.
  157. TerryR

    Rear mounted snowblower

    Three-point hitches do not provide any down pressure -- it's only gravity.
  158. TerryR

    64 years old TD14 dozer still pulling the Giant logs. Unbelievable......

    I don't remember how it worked on our TD-18, but on the TD-40 you moved a lever to open the valves to the auxiliary chambers that reduces compression (and contained the spark plugs), turned off the diesel fuel injector pump, and allowed the intake to feed through the carburetor (don't remember...
  159. TerryR

    64 years old TD14 dozer still pulling the Giant logs. Unbelievable......

    The separate gas engine was Caterpillar's method. IH used the method described above, with little chambers off the cylinders that were opened to reduce the compression for starting. We had a "new-fangled" TD-18 on the farm in the later years, but mainly used TD-40's for farming when I was a...
  160. TerryR

    Ditch Bank Mower for a TC33D

    I would be more concerned about the weight of either for your tractor. I think the second would be marginal, at 765 lb, and the first concerning, at 875 lb. My Peruzzo weights only 640 lb., and it's all my tractor wants when extended, and gets dicey on hills. My JD 870 weighs 2600 lb. plus...
  161. TerryR

    Jiffy Hitch System

    Cute. If you look at it on YouTube there's also a closeup of how the PTO connection works. There is a very short shaft that connects the PTO stub to the tractor-mounted part of the hitch. Then a PTO implement is permanently connected to the implement-mounted part of the hitch. A control connects...
  162. TerryR

    King Kutter 72" Rear Blade broken. :-(

    Actually, the greatest stress is at the top of the post, not at the bottom. Whatever force is applied at the bottom has the advantage of 18-inch or so lever arm when it tries to break the top.
  163. TerryR

    Treating diesel in north Texas winters

    We live in the mountains of western North Carolina, where it generally gets into the lower teens a time or two each year, and has gotten to zero a time or two in the 25 years we've lived here. I've never treated either the diesel in the tank or what may be in the two five-gallon plastic...
  164. TerryR

    Dr or Cyclone lawn vacuum

    I agree with you. However, in our case the side of the ditch towards the woods a bank 8 to 10 ft high, covered with various kinds of brush. So blowing the leave up the back is a trial. The last few times I used my leaf vac to collect them I used my backpack blower to put the leaves in a windrow...
  165. TerryR

    Leinbach Carryall

    Mine does too: As you said, I also used washers to move the pins out a bit to better match the width of my other implements. I use the hooks and ropes to secure large loads of firewood when carrying it out of the woods.
  166. TerryR

    Leinbach Carryall

    I've never seen a quick hitch, so have no clue.
  167. TerryR

    Leinbach Carryall

    I have one of them. Looks like the same model. I've used it for 20 years, and it's taken everything I've offered it.
  168. TerryR

    Dr or Cyclone lawn vacuum

    I don't like the sound of anything over a quarter inch, but it will pick up stones several times that size.
  169. TerryR

    Dr or Cyclone lawn vacuum

    I have a Trac-Vac PTO leaf vac, with a 20ft. hose that works great for clearing ditches. Only issue I've found is if there are stones in the ditch you have to keep the hose end off the ground a bit or it will vacuum up stones larger than I'm comfortable putting through the blower.
  170. TerryR

    Really great "carry all".

  171. TerryR

    Rear blade for snow on gravel, pipe or rubber mat?

    Yep, that's what I do. Fortunately, some years we get so little snow I don't have to plow, and some years it gets cold before it snows so the ground is frozen and little gravel gets plowed. The rest of the time, clean up in the spring. I do try to grade the road flat on each side of the...
  172. TerryR

    Rear blade for snow on gravel, pipe or rubber mat?

    I've thought about paving, but it's a quarter mile long so that's a lot of money. And most of the time enough of the gravel sticks up through what's left on the road to provide traction. I'd think if it were paved it would have to be kept clean or the ice issue would be worse. I'm told by local...
  173. TerryR

    Rear blade for snow on gravel, pipe or rubber mat?

    I have no idea. It varies widely from year to year, from an inch or two to over 20 inches. Some years I never plow, and once in a while my rear blade can't handle it and I end up "shoveling" it with the FEL. Last time it did that it took be two days (admittedly not 8-hour days) to clear it. No...
  174. TerryR

    Rear blade for snow on gravel, pipe or rubber mat?

    An interesting theory, but not workable on most driveways around here. Especially the section of mine with 14% slope that faces north. After a couple of passes with a vehicle it becomes a sheet of ice that provides a very quick trip to the bottom of the hill, and you can't scrape it off until it...
  175. TerryR

    Rear blade for snow on gravel, pipe or rubber mat?

    Gravel naturally gets thrown out of the driveway by traffic, as well as by plowing snow. If you can't stand that your only choice is to pave it.
  176. TerryR

    Rear blade for snow on gravel, pipe or rubber mat?

    I don't put anything on mine. If the ground is frozen before it snows, just let it float and it takes of very little gravel. If not, hold it up a bit off the gravel and leave a tad of snow on the drive.
  177. TerryR

    Formal Training?

    My "training" was gained on the farm, when I was around 12. I walked up as my Dad was spraying the roadside with a hand wand and had gotten to the end of the hose. He told me to get on the tractor and move it up for him. End of training. :-/
  178. TerryR

    Limited choices

    Ah, yes. Twenty-five years ago my wife and I went shopping for a tractor and several implements. At one dealer, the salesman took us around, talking only to me. His speel included mention that the FEL was so simple to remove that the secretaries in the office had done it, with a glace at my...
  179. TerryR

    Limited choices

    There is no answer to this generic question.
  180. TerryR

    Limited choices

    Why? That assumes he's going to break ground for some crop, but he never said that. I have a parcel the size the OP mentions, and have a single bottom plow that's not been used in 15 years, never owned a disk or cultivator, and sold my tiller five years ago. I hadn't used it since the deer...
  181. TerryR

    Limited choices

    I know both have their fans, but I've lived on a 12-acres, mixed woods and field, and hilly, for 25 years and never found a use for either.
  182. TerryR

    Limited choices

    1. Something to mow with, type depending on your situation. 2. If you have a gravel driveway to maintain, a rear blade. Nothing else unless you have a specific need. Pallet forks and grapples have their fans, but are of little use to most people.
  183. TerryR

    Some basic box blade questions

    You may get by with sloping to one side if its not too steep. The lower part of my drive is less steep, and I can't drain to both sides, and it works reasonably well, though does sometimes wash down the tire tracks. There's views of my whole drive in my post at Grading an "Interesting" Driveway
  184. TerryR

    Some basic box blade questions

    Maybe. That's the way mine was initially graded, and I ended up re-grading to a crown even though there is only a ditch on one side. The issue I found had to do with the slope down the length of the driveway, which on ours averages 14% over it's 1/4 mile length, with some parts significantly...
  185. TerryR

    Need some advice

    and this one by the OP.
  186. TerryR

    School me on how an ammeter works

    Your analysis of what should happen seems correct to me, with one minor exception. I don't think you would see the actual draw of the starter as it's much too high a current to run by the meter, so the starter cable would bypass it. But then you should see the generator/alternator re-charging...
  187. TerryR

    What additives do you use in your fuel and engines?

    None. I've not found an issue in over 20 years with that plan. I used to use Stabil for full for my small engines, but stopped that five years or so ago (about the time I switched to ethanol-free gasoline) and have found no ill effect. I buy my diesel in 10-gallon lots, which I use in a few...
  188. TerryR

    Bush hog blade stopping

    If the engine speed is not reduced, the blade cannot slow down unless something is broken. It is fixed mechanically to the PTO shaft.
  189. TerryR

    Bush hog blade stopping

    What??? The blades swing on an arm that is very directly connected to the PTO shaft. At operating speed centrifugal force keeps the blades extended so they are thus also directly connected to the PTO shaft. They only swing back if they hit something very sold, or if the rotational speed is...
  190. TerryR

    PTO Quick Connect

    You must be having a lot more trouble connecting a PTO to consider spending $700 or more for three implements. Will your PTO shafts accept closing up five inches, or will you have to shorten them?
  191. TerryR

    Why am I destroying tail wheel forks?????

    My 20+ year old Bushhog came new with chain in place of #2 in your photo. I worked great. I adjusted the top link so when I needed to raise it I could if I lived the lower arms enough, but otherwise it was free to float. My PTO cover looked like that the last 10 years I owned, so I thought that...
  192. TerryR

    Noob question 4 wheel drive

    Ditto, except in my case it's 70 years. The only time I lock the brakes together is to set the parking brake, which on my tractor only holds one pedal unless I lock them together.
  193. TerryR

    Should curl cylinders bleed off with tractor running?

    Running makes no difference. There is no control to automatically correct for leak-down in the FEL, unlike on the 3-point hitch.
  194. TerryR

    all in one attachment? is it possible?

    Do you realize this was posted in 2014, and the OP hasn't posted since 2017? I doubt he found your reply. :(
  195. TerryR

    Questions about snow removal.

    There's no way to make a useful response without knowing what kind of snow conditions and what kind of terrain you have.
  196. TerryR

    Noob question 4 wheel drive

    Put it in 4wd and forget where the lever is. Yes, it may wear some components a bit, and I suppose someday my 24-year-old JD that's run in 4wd it's entire life (except those few times it's been on pavement) will display some issue from that. And it did wear out the front tires after 20 years...
  197. TerryR

    3pt or Stand Alone Splitter

    I like my 3-point splitter a lot too: It's easy to take were I want to use it, requires no lifting to hook up to the tractor, and lets me put my FEL bucket next to it to toss in the split wood to carry it to be put away. ;)
  198. TerryR

    Just got my first tractor. Tips for mowing steep slopes?

    The steepest part of my property that I mow, just past the little tree in the foreground below, is 20 to 21 degrees, according to my phone: I make a couple of passes across the bottom of the hill to make room for turning, then mow the rest up and down. I find 21 degrees about all I'm willing...
  199. TerryR

    New wood chipper : guess the brand/model

    Really? I've used a self-feed (aka gravity feed) chipper for 25 years on a 29 HP tractor and never found an issue of any kind. A good design with belt drive may have helped, but I've never had any issue at all, chipping softwood or hardwood, or even old dry hardwood as long as it's under...
Top