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 00-00-0000, 00:00 Post: 17306
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Can't figure out what happened. Shop set my cutter for 3". Worked fine. Took the cutter off and put it back on a few times and now it just ain't right. When I adjust the top link to get the rear-wheel (on cutter) to touch the ground, the cutter metal skirting digs in. When I adjust to make the cutter level, the cutter rear wheel is off the gound 3 inches. It's as if the rear wheel has somehow risen a couple of inches and that's just not possible. It hasn't been touched. Any ideas? (the tractor is a KU L3010). Thanks,Bob A.






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 06-19-2000, 11:18 Post: 17312
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Bob, the most likely culprit is the third (upper) link on the 3pth. If you have moved the 3rd link to a lower hole on the tractor end it will do exactly what you are describing. If the areas you are cutting are anything but flat & level you will be much happier with the results if you replace the upper link with a piece of chain just slightly longer than the link-bar is, this will still allow you to pick the mower up if needed, but will also allow it to follow the ground better because it is able to 'flex' up & down as the ground surface changes. Best of luck.






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 06-19-2000, 20:06 Post: 17325
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Murf's suggestion to replace the toplink with chain is potentially damaging to the equipment, and dangerous to the operator. If the front corner(s) of the cutter dig into the ground,or strike a fixed rock, the whole cutter may rotate up vertically on the lower links, damaging the PTO shaft, and perhaps striking the operator in the back of the head. Most rotary cutters have a flex link or other provisions for some fore/aft float, if yours doesn't; another brand's method can probably be adapted. Use equipment safely, mistakes can last a lifetime.






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 06-19-2000, 23:27 Post: 17329
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Lets see, 100 hp,4' brush hog and 20 mph!!!!! maybe






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 06-20-2000, 08:43 Post: 17335
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I have a John Deere 670 with a 4 ft. Bush Hog finish mower and I can attest to the fact that it can be dangerous. Even though I drive slowly and try to be careful, a few times the left front wheel on the mower has hit an armadillo hole or a low stump and that sucker jumps right up in the air!! Scares the living daylights out of you!! A good upper link is very important to protect yourself.






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 06-20-2000, 13:11 Post: 17341
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Woods, Bush hog, king kutter and others ALL recommend a chain top link ($25 from central tractor) for thier rotary cutters if you are gonna be using it on non-level or non-cleared land. Its the only way the stump hopper will work (on the blade mount the better units use a turtle shell shaped pan that will allow the rotating mass to hop up over a stump instead of destroying the gearbox.)

Its up to you, but I find destroyed gearboxes a real drag. And even if you COULD hit something so violently that the hog will jump up vertical, the tower will strike the pto/axle long before if ever gets near you.






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 06-20-2000, 14:43 Post: 17343
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Bob - re leveling rotary cutters. Typically you use the adjustable rear wheel mount to set the 'never go below' blade height. then hook up to your bottom links and raise the deck until its level then add the top link a little loose. This will allow a bit of raising on the bottom links b4 the cutter lifts (note this is using a chain top link)

It sounds to me that one or more of the following is true:

a) you have a multipositional top link and did not use the same position

b) you need to open the valve for the bottom link range (I know on my cub that I have an additional valve to open up to allow the bottom links to drop further than the 'level' setting)

Note that like my previous append I am stressing the use of a chain top link, on something long like a hog, you will go over some terrain that is concave and something will bend. And Im betting that something is expensive.






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 06-20-2000, 18:43 Post: 17347
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Ed, please direct me to the specific written recommendations for the use of a chain in place of the tractor's toplink. I would especially like to see those from Woods & Bush Hog. For all you others that scoff at my concerns for your safety, I hope you do not learn the hard way.






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 06-20-2000, 22:18 Post: 17352
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I'll do ya one better. My research on the woods/king models came from a dealer. But in terms of bush hog....try www.bushhog.com and send em an email - they actually called me back.

So my tally is thus: 3 equipment dealers (keys in clarion pa, keystone power in state college pa and ginst (sp) in frederick md), 1 equipment manufacturer (bush hog) and just shy of a dozen owners who never met each other who say the same thing. A couple of the owners had experienced failures - of the cutters frame or the tower from the bending forces of approaching even a slight grade. And as I said before, without said toplink (which btw is advertised in central tractors catalog as preventing rotary cutter damage..hmmmmmm) the cutter will no longer 'stump hop' and therefore will destroy the gearbox. Do many owners ignore the sage advice and run a solid toplink? Yep. And the parts aisles of the dealers are stock full of gear boxes next to the blades.......






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 06-21-2000, 06:57 Post: 17356
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My Bushog SQ600 rotary cutter came with a rigid toplink but has a sliding linkage mechanism where it attaches to the cutter. This allows the cutter raise up significantly when it hits a stump and also allows it to work well on VERY concave surfaces. I couldn't imagine using one with totally rigid top link, but I also would not want to use one with a chain for safety reasons.






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