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rotary cutter size suitable for 9N


 
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Dick Calland
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:48 pm    Post subject: rotary cutter size suitable for 9N Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I recently bought a 1941 9N. I have two (2) questions. (1) What size rotary cutter is appropriate for a tractor of this size ?; (2) With the PTO and hydraulics functioning together; what is the best method to stop the mower but still have the ability to raise the mower for transport ?

[I do understand about the need for an over running clutch].
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: rotary cutter size suitable for 9N Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You should never overload those old beautys and I recommend nothing more than a five foot bush hog. If in really heavy stuff, you probably should take less than a full swath.
For transport, pop off the PTO connection and tie it to the frame of the mower and travel as you wish.
Good luck. You'll love it.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:56 pm    Post subject: Re: rotary cutter size suitable for 9N Reply to specific post Reply with quote


1. I think that the majority of us pull 5 foot bush hogs/shredders/rotaary mowers. Six footers can be a little too big and heavy. Four footers are, to me, a waste of time.

2. Engage PTO. Lift the hog. Disengage the PTO. Transport.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 2:04 pm    Post subject: Re: rotary cutter size suitable for 9N Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I also agree 5'.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: rotary cutter size suitable for 9N Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dick:

Ken and Jim are right on regarding cutter size. A five footer is just right for your 9N.

Since your 9N does not have live hydraulics, you cannot lift the mower unless the PTO is engaged.

Again, Ken and Jim are both right. If you need to transport a short distance just lift the mower before turning the PTO off, and either leave it engaged while transporting or turn it off if your lift will stay up long enough to get where you are going next.

If you need to transport a longer distance you may want to disconnect the PTO shaft so that you can leave the PTO running without having the mower blades turning. Simply tie the PTO shaft out of the way and go.

One other thing that will make operating a rotary cutter with your 9N a bit easier is a set of limiter chains to keep the lift arms at a predetermined height while mowing.

Search the archives for limiter chains and you will find numerous threads about how to make your own or where to buy a premade kit.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 2:15 pm    Post subject: Re: rotary cutter size suitable for 9N Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Didn't mean to slight you Dunk. We posted at exactly the same time.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: rotary cutter size suitable for 9N Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It's also important to pay attention to the cutter weight. Some folks buy the heavy duty cutters that weigh in around 1250 #. This causes two problem. It's sometimes more than the tractor can lift and if the tractor can fift it, the front wheels are either off the ground or almost so compromising the steering capablity and making the tractor unweildy when lfting the mower and traversing rough ground or hillsides. For a 9N I would say the mower should weigh no more than about 500-550 lbs. I believe the lift capability is about 750-800 lbs, tops. And that's if the hydraulics is working per spec. I may not be right about the lift capacity (I have a Ferguson TO-30 and that's what it's spec'd at) but I'm pretty sure.
 
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