beeg wrote:[color="Blue"]Farmer, do ya cut the grass at the proper height of 3 inches? [/color]
Much of the lowest cut grass is cut with 2 lawn tractors, a Yardman (bought new "very" cheaply) and a John Deere. We run them with the decks as high as they will lift. I believe it is around 3". I also mow part of it with a 5' finish mower behind my TO-20 Ferguson tractor. I keep it sat at the same cutting height as the lawn tractors. Most of what we cut with the 6' mower is about 2"s taller than the rest.
I really love looking out across the farm when everything is green and freshly cut. I also have a Farmall Cub with a 42" belly mower but I rarely mow with it since I got the 5' finish mower.
Side note on the 5' finish mower... I bought it used along with a little Yanmar Diesel tractor. The tractor was horrible for me to climb on and off of and I could not sit on it and swivel around to look back. I sold just the tractor for more than I had in the tractor and mower both. The mower had a couple of bad bearings in it. When I dismantled the quill assemblies I discovered that its quill bearings are exactly the same size as the drive sleeve bearings on a Mark V Shopsmith. I had kept the used bearings from the 2 SS rebuilds (just in case) and they have been happily spinning away in the 5' finish mower ever since.
On that Yardman mower... I had been watching it sit at Wal-mart marked at full price and not being sold. It was a twin cylinder 22 HP unit. When I inquired about it I was told that it had been sold and stopped running for the customer on its first tank of gas. They had given the customer a new mower to replace it and sent it to the "professional mechanic" that does their work. He could not get it to run so they just shoved it back at the store. I asked if they would reduce it "substantially" if I took it the way it was with out any warranty. The girl took off to ask the manager and when she came back she said "he just wants it to go away... If you will give him $500 for it it is yours..." Since I already had a suspicion as to what was wrong with it I grabbed it and ran.
I took it home and completely filled the one-half full fuel tank. It started right up and I have been using it for several years now. I had noticed that the half filled tank was right at the same level as the carburetor and it had ran until it got that low. It apparently had a bit of crud (technical term
) under a check valve in the fuel pump which is not uncommon with those and the crud had finally washed out after I ran another half tank of fuel through it. I have never had any more trouble with its running at all.
I did not equip with Shopsmiths in spite of the setups but because of them.
1 1988 - Mark V 510 (bought new), 4 Poly vee 1 1/8th HP Mark V's, Mark VII, 1 Mark V Mini, 1 Frankensmith, 1 10-ER, 1 Mark V Push-me-Pull-me Drillpress, SS bandsaw, belt sander, jointer, jigsaw, shaper attach, mortising attach, TS-3650 Rigid tablesaw, RAS, 6" long bed jointer, Foley/Belsaw Planer/molder/ripsaw, 1" sander, oscillating spindle/belt sander, Scroll saw, Woodmizer sawmill