Straight From the Horse's Mouth - The final chapter

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ronhatch last won the day on December 16 2012

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    1979 RESTORED C-101 WH
    1964 RESTORED 110 JD
    1966 RESTORED B-10 AC
    1989 4016 INGERSOLL/CASE

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  1. Whats your Winter Project

    Pre 1949. I always wanted a Ford Flat V-8. The closest I got was a low milage1951 Ford FH, 95 HP straight 6 that my folks gave me when I turned 16 in 1959. I beat a lot of FH V-8's with it. Most of them were worn out though
  2. Which horse is your favorite

    My highly modified 867. IMHO I like the (I guess they're called narrow hoods?) WH's from the mid 60's to early 70's. I like the simple design and good looks.
  3. Where are your winter Horses??

    I just install the plow, weights and chains on the 867 last week. It's in the garage ready to go. My C101 and AC B10 are hibernating in the shed, but my 4016 Case with the vac is still on duty because only about 25% of the leaves have fallen.
  4. I have a blacktop drive as well and Iv'e had good luck with cable chains.
  5. First Fail Test.....Check!

    Me too! People don't always understand why we can't leave things the way they are.
  6. Some new stuff!

    I'll take the 1057 too! Very nice.
  7. Lawn sweeper made in USA

    I always try to buy American made things too and everybody knows it. Years ago, I picked up an old Parker sweeper along the road. Even though it was pretty worn out, it did a great job. Since then I had - and also borrowed at times - much newer Agri-Fab units. Non of them worked as well as the old Parker. IMHO, the reason was because the Parker had 3 brushes around and Agri-Fabs only had 2 around.

    Finally received lots of rain this weekend in norther Illinois, 9.15" to be exact, soooo the grass is growing again. I mowed the lawn today with my new stainless steel front baffle AND I'm happy to report it worked beautifully! Grass clippings/leaves blowing out the side discharge with more 'oomph' then usual, rather then blowing out the front of the deck. Now I'd like to replace the center spindle double pulley with a smaller double pulley from a 36" deck to speed up the blades. There is always room for improvement!
  9. Need some advice

    Time to disassemble, degrease everything, wet sand and repaint it. I'm sorry, but I guess I don't understand wanting to preserve the "old Patina". It's not like an antique piece of furniture that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. Again, I'm sorry.
  10. Nice work! Now that I'm retired, I sure miss the machine shop I had at work! Did you consider making the larger driven pulley about an inch smaller in diameter, say 4", to speed up the deck for a better mowing job?
  11. I don't own a 520 WH, but I do own a C-101 w/ a 42" SD deck. Maybe we need to think outside the box concerning this problem. Perhaps a better approach is to fix what's causing the grass build up on the screen to begin with. IMO that's the grass blowing out all over the place from under the deck rather then just the discharge chute. Like I said I don't own a 520, but I do know I have that problem - to a much lesser extent - with my Kohler 241 powered C-101. I have been experimenting this week with a SS baffle infront of my 42' SD WH deck to minimize 'blow out'. It's installed and ready to be tested. Now if only we could get some rain here in northern IL. so the grass would grow so I can see if all my work is for naught. If interested, please check out my resent posts in the 'Implements and Attachments' section under the title "Improving my 42" deck". I know baffles have worked very well on my AC B-10 and my 4016 Case decks.

    MY PROGRESS REPORT; Removed deck from tractor and cleaned underside of deck using a putty knife, high pressure water and a wire wheel on my right angle grinder. Using my right angle grinder with a 1/8" cutting wheel, I cut a 5' length of 1/16" stainless steal to 4" wide with a small1/4" lip. I carefully bent and fitted the piece to follow the inside of the front curve of my deck with the 1/4" lip about a 1/4" below AND facing the blades. Using several C clamps to hold everything together, I drilled 6 equally spaced, 1/4" holes for attaching the piece to the deck, I then removed the SS piece so I could give the complete underside a nice thick coat of E-Z Glide paint. After the paint dried, I bolted the whole thing back together using 1/4" SS round head bolts. Today, after sharpening the blades, I with mount the deck on the tractor and test out my modification to see if it is all worth while. After 3 weeks without rain, we finally got a 1/2" a couple of nights ago, so unfortunately, the grass is not exactly growing like crazy.

    Several years ago I added a strip of SS to my other mower decks. My 4016 Case with a 48" deck is made out of very thick steel and is a built up unit rather then a stamped unit, therefor there are a lot of sharp corners. I smoothed out the path for the grass clippings by adding a SS front baffle that also hung below the front lip of the deck itself. It now mows great and really blows out the grass clipping from the discharge, not the front of the deck. My other garden tractor is a 1966 B-10 AC (same as a Simplicity) with a 42" 3 bladed deck which, many people will agree, has one of the best designed decks on the market. Even though it mowed very well, I was disappointed to see the clippings leaving the discharge in clumps. So once again, I installed a front SS baffle that followed closely the 3 blades and was also about 1" lower then the front of the deck. No more clumps! Maybe my northern IL. Kentucky Blue/Fine Fescue grass mixture is just too thick and healthy.

    I did that very thing on one of my other decks several years ago using a 4' length of vinyl baseboard from HD and a length of 1/8" thick X 1 1/2" wide flat iron to back it up. It worked fine, but eventually I replaced it with a strip Stainless Steel.
  15. I'm tired of the grass clipping blowing out from under the front of my SD 42" mower deck! SOOO, this weekend I'm installing a 3.5" wide piece of SS with a very small lip (facing inward) on the inside front on the deck shell. It will be only about a 3/4" to 1" below the the existing front lip. The deck is about a 1966/67 vintage mounted on my 1979 C-101. I'll report back on the success or the lack there of. Now, if only we could get some rain here in northern IL