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 12-02-2006, 18:55 Post: 137520
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Does anyone know if you can put a 1/2 inch blade on a Woods BB60 brush cutter? The specs call for 3/8ths.






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 12-02-2006, 20:31 Post: 137521
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Dumb question: Why would you put something other than a spec'd item? The 1/2" blade is likely wider too, right?






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 12-03-2006, 06:49 Post: 137529
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I'm thinkin' the 3/8ths will not hold up as well; maybe bend or chip easier. I believe one can buy a 1/2"x3" blade which is the width of the standard blade. I think that is standard on the Bush Hog Squealer (not that one manuf. blades would work on another.)

But you raise an interesting question... would going to a 1/2"x4" blade work on that brush hog?






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 12-03-2006, 08:23 Post: 137532
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Bumping up to 1/2" from 3/8"--providing they ARE the same 3" width---is a whopping 33% more weight. Now take the 4" wide x 1/2" blade--that's a 66% increase in blade material that the gear box, drive train and mower housing have to withstand. And more importantly, the bolts that hold the blades on. That said, there is likely a reason they use a thinner blade other than cost; gearbox bearings being the main issue in my mind---they might be at the design-limit already, so adding more stress might put them over the edge (pun intended). A half-ton pickup may last for 30 years or more if used as designed as a half-ton. BUT ask it to perform like a 3/4- or 1-ton; it can do it---maybe---but at what cost or risk (i.e, to personal injury if the blade comes off or something breaks)?

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 12-03-2006, 08:38 Post: 137534
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Another thought: let's say all things are equal in the drivetrain department that theoretically the thicker blade can be used. I know that on my rotary cutter the non-business end of the blade is captured in a yoke and held by a single flat head bolt and nut. The yoke-to-blade fitment is very close-tolerance, so that might be the determining factor on yours if the yoke won't open up another 1/8". And I have to think that if the yokes are opened up the chances of the top and bottom holes aligning is slim to none. In that case you'd have to drill them out and the result would be sloppy fit which will cause vibration and possibly rapid wear of the bolts and/or holes in the yokes depending on use.






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 12-04-2006, 08:08 Post: 137546
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Lots of good input. Thanks.






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poomer,

Do they offer a 1/2 blade as well as the 3/8 or have you found a blade for another cutter you think would fit?


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So you really think engineers do that carefull math? I'm just asking.






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No they don't offer that blade. In talking to the Woods tech guy, he indicated there was a tolerance but that the bolt may not be long enough. I was thinking of a generic blade that might be compatible. Maybe it's not that big a deal. Do you have any experience with the either blade? I'm cutting multi-flora rose as well as overgrown, decent hayfield on medium slope.

In the 6ft. version, Woods steps up to a 1/2" blade. But it is 6" longer so won't work on the 5'.






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poomer,
If that is all you are cutting I think the 3/8 would work very well and for a long time. Good time of year for such work, many bitting insects are down with the chill.






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Running a machine under conditions that exceed it's anticipated working stress loads will shorten machine life.






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