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Question about my bush-hog

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  • #21
    Manuals can be super when you're unsure, and they're often available online for free

    Here's the downloadable manual for the howse rotary mowers. I'm on my phone, so haven't downloaded and checked it out, but these often have a parts diagram that can point you in the right direction


    • #22
      Or bushhog uses a similar loop lynch pin BUT there is a very large and thick washer on the stem that attaches to the tire. So upward force of the wheel hits the washer, not the pin directly. Had the tractor/bushhog 16 years and never had an issue with this setup.

      If you use a bolt without a washer or something to cushion the upward force, I think even a bolt without a washer will eventually fail. But that's just my two cents!

      ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


      • #23
        Originally posted by 4LeafCloverFarm View Post
        Or bushhog uses a similar loop lynch pin BUT there is a very large and thick washer on the stem that attaches to the tire. So upward force of the wheel hits the washer, not the pin directly. Had the tractor/bushhog 16 years and never had an issue with this setup.

        If you use a bolt without a washer or something to cushion the upward force, I think even a bolt without a washer will eventually fail. But that's just my two cents!

        Aha, that makes more sense.

        I think that a bolt would also work with a washer there.
        Most anything strong enough not to just break at every little bump should work there.


        • #24
          I have a Woods, and the bolt has a HD cotter pin keeping it in place...


          • #25
            Originally posted by Cat Tap View Post
            I am trying to post pictures. The first picture is of what I call a shear pin. I will try to post another picture up close of the replacement.
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            The shaft diameter on the wheel part seems too small to fit correctly in the red part of the cutter. Is there something in the red part to hold the shaft ? or are you missing something (like a bearing /sleeve)?
            Equus makus brokus but happy


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by hosspuller View Post

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              The shaft diameter on the wheel part seems too small to fit correctly in the red part of the cutter. Is there something in the red part to hold the shaft ? or are you missing something (like a bearing /sleeve)?
              It fits into the cutter, don't know what a bearing/sleeve is. DH and I bought this outfit, Kubota tractor and mower about 8 years ago. Were brand new and worked well except for loosing the wheel twice now. I asked for help from one of my farmer neighbors some time ago when I wanted to learn what parts to grease but he wasn't all that familiar with my outfit. I now have it serviced every winter. They come and pick it up and bring it back. Unfortunately they are 45 minutes from here so I can't expect them to come for this.

              When I had the problem with the tractor not starting they came,picked it up and found the problem which happened to be in the forward gas pedal. They didn't charge me for this.

              I think I need to take a farm equipment mechanics course.

              I think I will call them and hopefully can explain it properly over the phone.


              • #27
                My guess, if you add a big washer and a stronger pin/bolt, the wheel may bounce around like it is intended to do without falling off so easily.

                I had not seen those clips used like that, but I guess those may also work fine, protected with a washer?
                Obviously without the washer they are not working.

                If you use machinery, well, it will break or quit, that is the nature of the beast.


                • Original Poster

                  Spoke to the mechanic at the dealership. I guess I should have called them in the first place. He knew me right away as they probably don't deal with too many little old ladies. He assured me that the solid rod with washers and nuts will be fine.

                  This is a good week weather wise to go out and cut my trails. The vegetation is now about 5 feet high. I have to be careful as the last time the roll bar got caught on a tree limb and the tractor started to rear on me. Also have the steep hills under control. Found it easier to go down rather then up.

                  Someone further up mentioned manuals. On one of my trips I took the tractor manual with me, just in case. What I didn't realize was that it fell off and I cut it to shreds. Had to pay for a new manual.

                  Last time I was out I met a young buck, animal, not man, was quite exiting. Hopefully I won't pick up any ticks.

                  Thanks everyone for your advice and support.


                  • #29
                    Originally posted by DinkyDonk View Post
                    I have a Woods, and the bolt has a HD cotter pin keeping it in place...
                    I checked our brush hog today, a King Kutter, and it has the heavy washer with a VERY heavy cotter pin to hold the wheel on. Hole is not nearly big enough for a lynch pin or bolt to fit thru. Wheel goes up and down in the socket but has never fallen off. That machine has been over some TERRIBLE ground, no wheel troubles.

                    Something I have noticed about lynch pins, is that much play against them (over rough ground), can cause the ring to work up and over the metal object lynch pin is inserted thru, so the lynch pin falls out. I have taken to using a big washer on the 3-point hitch pins first, beside the tractor arms, then inserting the lynch pin and locking the ring down. Seems to help a lot, in preventing tractor arms knocking out the lynch pins. I got some of those Pats Quick Hitch ends for one tractor. They recommend their special spacer washers to aid in faster hitching equipment. I thought that washer addition ​​​​​was a good idea, now have the big washers on all the 3-point equipment pins. Not losing any lynch pins anymore.


                    • #30
                      You need a part labeled W12. Likely a large washer or ring along with your new bolt & locking nut.

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