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TheOldHokie
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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 2:50 am    Post subject: Re: Rotary Mower.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

zuhnc wrote:
(quoted from post at 00:11:19 05/12/21)When backing into grown-up areas, takes some juggling of brake, clutch and PTO lever. Generally back in, neutral, engage PTO to get slasher up to speed, and then first gear. Do it enough times, gets easier! zuhnc

Do it enough times and you reach the tipping point. Thank goodness those days are gone for me. Four wheel drive HST with independent PTO have made that madness a fading memory. My only regret is waiting this long....

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 5:13 am    Post subject: Re: Rotary Mower.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

TheOldHokie wrote:
(quoted from post at 06:50:31 05/12/21)
zuhnc wrote:
(quoted from post at 00:11:19 05/12/21)When backing into grown-up areas, takes some juggling of brake, clutch and PTO lever. Generally back in, neutral, engage PTO to get slasher up to speed, and then first gear. Do it enough times, gets easier! zuhnc

Do it enough times and you reach the tipping point. Thank goodness those days are gone for me. Four wheel drive HST with independent PTO have made that madness a fading memory. My only regret is waiting this long....

TOH

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I'm not quite as fancy as TOH, but my yanmar w 4x4 and partial powershift, although a little smaller than the N, certainly makes maneuvering the hog much easier. Plus 15 forward gears means there's no such thing as too tall of grass... the lowest gear does 0.1 mph wide open
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 11:17 am    Post subject: Re: Rotary Mower.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I went orange several years ago and have never looked back.

I still keep my 52 8N with 1,100 hours as my quad and my 64, 4000 SOS with all of the bells and whistles (and then some) that I have so much money in that I could not consider trying to sell so I rationalize
it as a hobby.

The N series Fords were revolutionary when introduced and are still useful for some tasks and some folks, but modern diesel FWA HST compact tractors are much more convenient and easy on the operator.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 11:59 am    Post subject: Re: Rotary Mower.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Dean wrote:
(quoted from post at 15:17:15 05/14/21) I went orange several years ago and have never looked back.

I still keep my 52 8N with 1,100 hours as my quad and my 64, 4000 SOS with all of the bells and whistles (and then some) that I have so much money in that I could not consider trying to sell so I rationalize
it as a hobby.

The N series Fords were revolutionary when introduced and are still useful for some tasks and some folks, but modern diesel FWA HST compact tractors are much more convenient and easy on the operator.

Dean


The range lever on my new HST is located just to the outside of the operators left leg. As I just found out you can knock it into neutral when twisting and turning to look over your left shoulder - better be ready to hit the brakes when using the HST to inch down a slope. The learning experience came on a steep slope with big time trouble inches behind me and had some real pucker power to it Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 5:42 am    Post subject: Re: Rotary Mower.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A FORD N-SERIES will pull a 5 or 6 mower and back blade just fine. The technical term for a BRUSH HOG is a Rotary Cutter. The term Bush Hog is a brand name but everyone calls it that now. I pull a WOODS 660 Finish Mower on my 8N. I also use a 5 back blade and best to use stabilizer bars with all of them. The bars must be set a certain way in order to prevent major damage to the 3-pt lift and/or hydraulic system.

ROTARY MOWER aka BUSH HOG:


8N FORD w/WOODS 660 FINISH MOWER:


FORD 8N w/REAR BLADE & STABILIZER BARS:


STABILIZER BAR KIT:


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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Rotary Mower.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well, the 8N came with the house we bought, and it is very sufficient for all my needs. Finally got the hydraulics adjusted properly, and will raise the 5' Bush Hog (tm) fully. 1800PSI gauge pressure. Ballast or weights would help at times, but not absolutely necessary. I wouldn't feel comfortable pulling a 6' rotary mower with the hills on my property, unless I had ballast or weights and some weight on the front. zuhnc
 
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