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 03-15-2001, 10:52 Post: 25543
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 Grooming mower for an older tractor

I have just bought a Ferguson, 1957 MF-35. It is approximately 20 hp, although it has a 4 cylinder gas engine, and appears more powerful than that. It runs beautifully. It has a standard 3 point hitch, but does not have a live pto. I would like to get a rear discharge 60 inch finishing mower. Does anyone have any experience using a finishing mower with an older tractor? I would appreciate any advice from you experts. Thanks!!Rich






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 03-15-2001, 11:13 Post: 25544
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I can not think of any good reason why it won't work. Just get an over-running clutch for your PTO output, and you will not have a problem stopping and braking the tractor (this clutch allows the mower drive train to coast to a stop whenever the tractor stops, otherwise everything will have to stop together). Adjusting your mowing speed (gear-range) to allow the hp of your tractor to maintain PTO rpm. may help. My personal experience is with a two cylinder JD 420 (1958) and it handled a rear 60" 3 pt mower with ease and at whatever ground speed I wished (and could tolerate on the seat). Does your MF tractor have 3 pt lift that will hold its position? I hope this helps make your decision.






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 03-16-2001, 05:49 Post: 25567
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I'd check to see how far the lower link arms spread to make sure a mower could be mounted. There may be other problems, but most would have solutions, although some planning would be good. For example, the tractor PTO may not be the same as the current CAT I standard for PTO shafts. However, adapters are available (I assume that the direction of PTO rotation is conventional). A little planning may make things easier. The PTO shaft may have to be shortened anyway to accommodate an ORC, and any adaptation work could be done along with the ORC installation (an ORC is a very good idea). You referred to the 3ph as 'standard' so I guess you're certain the pin sizes are the same as the current CAT I standard. That would be my guess since I think it was Massey, or Ferguson, who invented the 3ph. However, Ford 8N's have a 3ph hitch, but the pins are not CAT I size. I imagine that adapter sleeves or different lower link ends are available so 8N's can use many CAT I implements. The same could be done for an older MF if necessary. Anyway, this may be another case for a little planning.






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