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 07-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 6442
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 rotary cutter on uneven terrain

I am using a Rhino SE5 on some uneven pasture(closely spaced rolling little ups and downs, not ditches or ravines) I have seen some attaching chains referred to as "check chains" that are supposed to help prevent scalping on uneven terrain but I am not sure how they solve the problem. I realize hitting and flattening the gopher mounds are just part of field mowing but if these check chains would prevent frequent hydraulic manuevering they might be worth it. Has anyone had experience using these chains? They do not replace the top link but attach at the tractor/toplink connection and extend to the lower links so the mower is suspended by the chain and not the hydraulics.I do try to avoid mowing across the ups and downs by going parallel.Thanks.






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 07-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 6447
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 rotary cutter on uneven terrain

Height Stabilizer chains as you describe are intended to provide a "stop" to prevent the front of the deck from lowering past the height you want to cut. Some tractors do not have a hydraulic depth stop and / or the hydraulics will sometimes slowly drift down due to the deck weight. These chains are available through SSB Tractor. One manufacturer of Mower Deck Height Stabilizer Chains is Zerco Manufacturing Company, 500 N. Main, Springfield, MO 65806. 417-866-2472 and FAX 417-863-9894. Whether you use check chains or just depend on setting your tractor hydraulics to determine front cutting height, you need to assure that the top floating link or chain that is a part of your rotary cutter allows the deck to move up and down to follow ground contours. You set the position of the rear wheel and the lift links to get the deck approximately level but slightly lower in front and then adjust your top link on the 3 point hitch so that the floating link is drooping down significantly. Then when you raise the deck, the slack is taken up in the top two links before the deck starts to lift.






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Bob, Your rotary cutter should have a provision for "flex" built in. Howse provides a slotted upper link pin hole. Others have a short section of chain in the strut(s) that run from the top link attachment point (on the "A" frame" to the rear of the deck. And others have a short "link" at the top of the "A" frame. Some of the older cutters I have seen do not have one of these features. If your deck binds up when traversing depressions check to ensure that you have one of these "flex" provisions. If not, a welding shop familiar with farm equipment can fix you up. Do not use a chain for the top link. These are called flexable links and they are not appropriate for use with rotary cutters. This is because the fixed link keeps the deck from rising up when you hit those mole hills.






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I have an SE5 I use on my B2710. It is my first rotary cutter (and tractor) so I actually read the manual. I believe it says to make sure that when you start lifting the cutter, the front of the cutter (which should be an inch or so lower than the back) will raise a couple of inches before the tail wheel comes off the ground. If I understand it correctly, that is supposed to allow the cutter to follow the contour of the ground.The cutter works great, and seems very well made and durable. I have a similar problem with humps and mounds, mostly LARGE Texas fire ant beds. The first time I cut the field I hit one about every 20 feet and it knocked the RPMs down on the tractor. I'm just finishing the third cutting, and most of the mounds have been knocked down.






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