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Old 05-12-2024, 01:21 PM
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in my younger days I used to buy and sell small tractors and shredders. I could sell a rehabbed cutter for $500 but if you put it on a good tractor you could get $1000 more for the pair. The used tractor market crashed when they started mass importing of the small 2-3 cylinder diesel machines for cheap.

Most cutters I bought were as Dubby described. Gently used but the top was gone. No one ever cleans these things when their done. They just park them with wet grass on top and within a few years the top is gone. I could buy a 5X10ft piece of 1/8 plate for >$100 and get two tops out of it.

All of the tractor manufacturers offered a couple of lines of cutters. Most of the top end cutters had a proprietary gear box setup but they all offered a budget line that was pretty universal across all lines. I would usually flip the budget models because they were easy/cheap to fix and resell.

One thing I did find odd was that different machines could have different gear ratios on the cutters. IIRC Ford had a different ration in their boxs to make them work better with the little N series Fords.
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Old 05-12-2024, 07:58 PM
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Gearbox assembly is about $2000.

Hooked it up today and mowed. It feels a tad bit heavy for the 850 Ford but it ran the mower no problem. Per the manual a Bush Hog 306 weighs a little over 1000 lbs. Rated 40-90 horsepower.


. https://youtube.com/shorts/uax99nFqo...9n2FSpzZvSy_jI

Driveshaft does indeed need joints. I'd also prefer a slip clutch on the bush hog. Looks like it's time and money ahead to just buy a new pro shaft with a slip clutch.
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Old 05-13-2024, 10:59 AM
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Hooked it up today and mowed. It feels a tad bit heavy for the 850 Ford but it ran the mower no problem.
It is bigger than I expected. Repair looks OK. Me thinks that is overkill for your application and you would be better served (and would have spent the same money) on a ZT...
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I recommend you weld those seams up completely before you do much more with it. You hit one rock or tree root and it will peel that sheet metal up and make a mess, or possibly even throw a piece at you. It will also stuff debris in the seams and make them rust out twice as fast.



For PTO shafts check out amazon. The last shaft I needed was going to be about $600 at TSC and wasn't in stock. Amazon had exactly what I needed with the Plastic guards and everything for less than $150 shipped. A slip clutch will run more, but I bet you still find the right shaft for a decent price.
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Old 05-14-2024, 01:09 AM
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It is bigger than I expected. Repair looks OK. Me thinks that is overkill for your application and you would be better served (and would have spent the same money) on a ZT...
He has a tractor and mower there that's cost him around 2 grand. surely a zero turn at that money would be shagged?

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i watch the gov sales and if you pay attention you can find a good diesel mower at a army cor park for not a lot of money.
I have a kubota 72'' deck,4wd,diesel,out front mower for 500 bucks,needed a muffler and tires.
They robbed the muffler and the tires were worn out.
i built a muffler and put tires on it 4 years ago,still works fine.
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Old 05-14-2024, 01:46 PM
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heres the out front mower,i like them because they get under limbs and other just well.
i mis spoke,its a 60'' deck.
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Damm that was cheap.

500 would barely buy you a functional rideon here. something like that would be many thousands
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Old 05-15-2024, 06:05 AM
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Damm that was cheap.

500 would barely buy you a functional rideon here. something like that would be many thousands
I have 2 of them,the other is a smaller version,2wd,3 cyl diesel instead of 4 cyl.
48'' deck instead of 60''
I keep it at the beach property,so when i'm down there i don't have to pay to get my rentals mowed.'
Yes,$500 was cheap,2800 hours on the big one now,it has a huge fuel tank,maybe 15 gals?
The big one was used by the army RV park for mowing and driven by work campers,they tend to take better care of stuff than a "hired" operator.

I did pay more for the smaller one,i had it first.
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It is bigger than I expected. Repair looks OK. Me thinks that is overkill for your application and you would be better served (and would have spent the same money) on a ZT...
You can't mow sapling that are 1.5" diameter like you can with a brush mower.
I have them both, ZT and a 6ft brush hog to keep the poplar sucker army at bay.
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