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Old 05-27-2019, 05:14 PM
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I have 2 miles of hilly hiking trails on my land, that I like to keep the weeds cut low enough so I can hike them when wearing shorts without worrying about ticks and Poison Oak. I usually wait until the weeds start to get high, then walk the trails with a weed whip. It takes a long time but it works great.
I also have a home made drag that I pull behind the ATV which is way easier and much faster, but it doesn't work nearly as well and just knocks over the weeds which stand back up in a few days. I can hit the trails with the drag multiple times which works better but it's more time involved and still doesn't work as well as the weed whip.

Some of the trails are at the top of the hills on our property and I can cut them with my riding mower which works fantastic and is super quick, but most of the hills are too steep for my rider.

I'd love to take a couple of gas push mowers, hook them together and to the back of my ATV, start them up and pull them over the trails. Has anyone seen any contraptions like this? Looking for something inexpensive.
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Old 05-27-2019, 05:38 PM
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U Tube home made gang mower .
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Old 05-27-2019, 06:25 PM
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A friend of mine has about five miles of trails but he owns a large chipper and keeps a layer of chips on the trails using dead falls and what ever is laying around.
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:17 PM
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i knew a guy that pulled 3 push mowers behind a riding mower,it worked fine.
keep a gas can handy!
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:12 PM
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I have 2 miles of hilly hiking trails on my land, that I like to keep the weeds cut low enough so I can hike them when wearing shorts without worrying about ticks and Poison Oak. I usually wait until the weeds start to get high, then walk the trails with a weed whip. It takes a long time but it works great.
I also have a home made drag that I pull behind the ATV which is way easier and much faster, but it doesn't work nearly as well and just knocks over the weeds which stand back up in a few days. I can hit the trails with the drag multiple times which works better but it's more time involved and still doesn't work as well as the weed whip.

Some of the trails are at the top of the hills on our property and I can cut them with my riding mower which works fantastic and is super quick, but most of the hills are too steep for my rider.

I'd love to take a couple of gas push mowers, hook them together and to the back of my ATV, start them up and pull them over the trails. Has anyone seen any contraptions like this? Looking for something inexpensive.
They make pull behind shredders that have a gas engine on it they ben around awhile we see people pulling the with ATV"s and UTV's around here and out west of here. but I don't believe they are cheap I have a PTO driven shredder that pulls behind the Yamaha ATV when they had PTO drives on them but I am going to one day convert this one to a 3 point for a compact tractor or turn it into a pull behind with a gas engine

Heres the thing you can build your own I've seen them with two engines as well and seen them DIY in all sizes up to 6ft. but it is still a mower not so much a shredder so it can only do so much as where a shredder can cut saplings of fair and appropriate size without issue here is a video build but three engines are not always feasible when you can use spindles like a normal deck
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:42 PM
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I don't need a shredder. All my trails are clear of saplings or anything that a weed eater can't handle. A standard mower will be perfect. I'd love to find like a 40"-ish mower deck and mount a motor on it and tow that. I guess it'd be easier to find two mowers though and just hook them together.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:53 PM
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I don't need a shredder. All my trails are clear of saplings or anything that a weed eater can't handle. A standard mower will be perfect. I'd love to find like a 40"-ish mower deck and mount a motor on it and tow that. I guess it'd be easier to find two mowers though and just hook them together.
Just find you a mower deck from like a 42 through 48" cut from a John Deere riding mower... Modify it into a finish mower
just build a suspended frame to drop it under mad an engine mount and there ya go... for sure better than two push mowers tied together and 6 to 8 hp engine should do the job

the compact shredder in the pic I have is 1/4" steel so it will make a fairly nice finish or field mower.... check the scrap yards I don't know about where you're at. but, every now and then I come across the perfect body to use for a project like this.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:29 AM
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find a ride on with a blown tranny, remove front axle and fit a drawbar. remove the guts of the tranny, extend the belt clutch switch cabling to be remotely controlled from the atv
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Old 05-28-2019, 06:31 AM
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Agri supply sells replacement mower spindles cheap-ly "to fit".

A sheet, some spindles, some wheel barrow wheels on back, and a $700
vertical shaft 22 hp engine from HF. Some 2" box tubing.

Leave the sides and back wide open, chains on front to keep the stuff
from hitting you (so much).
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:01 PM
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So I was talking to my brother-in-law yesterday who I do a lot of welding for and other random projects. I knew he had a few riding mowers, and at least one of them was broken, so I was hoping maybe I could get a deck from one of them to put a engine on. He said he wasn't sure but he'd go out and check...

Then he brought over this 44" Swisher Ranch King power mower deck and told me it's in thanks for all the welding help I've done for him over the years.

He said he hadn't used it in years and the belt and fuel line were rotten because of it, but we sprayed some starting fluid in the carb and it started right up!

This should work out great!
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