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cbegap
10-21-2008, 10:40 PM
I have done several minor changes that help a lot.

1. Removed the guard from weed eater (fairly standard). Removed the trigger safety.
2. Drilled the holes through the line holder on my SRM 210 so I didn't have to cut the line in 2 pieces.
3. On my Echo Harry home owner edger, I cut the back off the solid black plastic guard to make it look like the new metal Echo guards. This was by far the best thing I have done to make something that barely worked, start working like a completely different machine. It would clog all the time with wet dirt and grass. I would clean it out with a screw driver every 10 seconds. I have never had to clean it since the mod.
4. Added an ezcute to the Ztr. I use it all the time.
5. Cut the corners out of my Grass gobler's corner catches where you hook the back or the Leaf extension on because it would fill with grass and make it hard to put the back on.

I would love to hear some of the little things you guys do to make life easier!!

Kennedy Landscaping
10-21-2008, 10:44 PM
Disabled the safety switch on my Gravely for a start.......there is more though that I cant think of

mowerknower
10-21-2008, 11:25 PM
Disabled the safety switch on my Gravely for a start.......there is more though that I cant think of

Sounds like the worst modifaction you could make. I you dont like my post you better give me the fingure now becuase soon you wont have one.:laugh:

Richard Martin
10-22-2008, 04:01 AM
This is just on my Dixie...

1: Moved battery from over front axle to in front of right rear tire to improve weight balance.

2: Made a new floor pan that weighs half as much as the factory pan.

3: Did deck baffle mods as per the factory instructions.

4: Added the factory deck nose plate.

5: Install a air filter minder.

6: Installed a Big League Lawns lawn striper.

Australian Mower Man
10-22-2008, 07:06 AM
Put an All seasons high lift and a Walker 7bu catcher on my Exmark Navigator, also changed the steering from Walker copy to swing away levers like most ztrs
Much easier to steer and got about 1- 1.5 mph extra speed.

Changed my Honda 215/216 from swing back blades to a bar blade, I use a Grasshopper 61" blade. their lovley and last and last and last!

LawnScapers of Dayton
10-22-2008, 07:28 AM
I added a hook to my Standers so I can always have a handheld blower with me.... it saves a trip to the back yard to blower things off when I am finished with the lawn..

David Haggerty
10-22-2008, 08:23 AM
I had a WB with the square deck design. The left front corner was always getting caught on fence posts and stuff.
I rounded off that corner. Welded & painted it. Looks stock.

I had a big Alamo ZTR. It cut 10' with 2 wing decks. 50 HP. It got old, the decks were shot. I took them off and mounted a 5' aerator. I turned the seat & steering sticks around so it goes the other direction.
Now I have a zero turn aerator. It won't turn well with the tines down, but with the tines lifted I can spin it around and back it into the smallest places. I don't need a small aerator for the corners.

For my trailer I mounted lift springs for the tailgate. Except I mounted them underneath out of the way. They're coil springs from the front of a car. When the tailgate drops it compresses the spring which makes lifting the tailgate easy.

foreplease
10-22-2008, 10:06 AM
There are some good and interesting ideas in this thread!

Enclosed the OE split and pinned clutch rod on an edger by feeding it through a length of square steel tube stock. This limited the amount of flex and eventual separation of the two halves of the rod. It has not come apart or failed since.

Drilled a 3/8” hole through the side of the shroud covering the PTO JD 1050. Now instead of fumbling around in a hard to reach area with stubborn latch pins, I can turn the shaft manually until the pin lines up with the hole I made. From there, I can use a small punch or screwdriver to tap the locking pin where the PTO shaft connects to the tractor spline.

I am considering drilling a few more holes in the top of my Toro Z ‘s deck. Clippings disperse nicely when the factory holes are kept clear, which provides a good looking finish cut. Often when I am on the mower, I find myself wondering how this would work. The mower has 900-plus hours on it and I cannot think of a problem more airflow through the deck would cause. I need to just try it.

Fifteen years ago I put a 2” ball on a very old 14 HP small tractor. I can pull 5 yards of mulch or 2-2 ½ tons of infield dirt across grass without marking it up. It’s like having a huge wheelbarrow. Once loaded with my small front end loader, it is easy to stand on and shovel material off since I am standing above the target area. It works well for hauling things out too: material pulled out of planting beds, spoils from edging base paths and infields. No clutch, transmission, or brake problems so far, but I had nothing to lose with this tractor anyway.

Got tired of just throwing away ends of broken $95 sod-lifters. Several years ago I had one welded onto a steel pipe, had that filled and the other end welded shut. It’s about 36” long and weighs about 18-20 pounds. Now it is a fantastic tool for digging out sod and accumulated infield dirt along (under) base path and infield radius lips.

LawnTamer
10-22-2008, 11:24 AM
Beefed up the control rods on my T-bars, so I have true reverse.

Made a chute block/mulch plate, that is hinged so it can just be swung into place, or swung open.

Removed spark arrestors from my handhelds.

topsites
10-22-2008, 11:27 AM
Fixed the problem of the trailer gate falling or coming off the hinges.

flatlander42
10-22-2008, 06:02 PM
i think pics would go great with all of these custom modifications.

like the high lift navigator!



Nathan

Scagguy
10-22-2008, 06:04 PM
I had a WB with the square deck design. The left front corner was always getting caught on fence posts and stuff.
I rounded off that corner. Welded & painted it. Looks stock.

I had a big Alamo ZTR. It cut 10' with 2 wing decks. 50 HP. It got old, the decks were shot. I took them off and mounted a 5' aerator. I turned the seat & steering sticks around so it goes the other direction.
Now I have a zero turn aerator. It won't turn well with the tines down, but with the tines lifted I can spin it around and back it into the smallest places. I don't need a small aerator for the corners.

For my trailer I mounted lift springs for the tailgate. Except I mounted them underneath out of the way. They're coil springs from the front of a car. When the tailgate drops it compresses the spring which makes lifting the tailgate easy.

Hey David,

Do you have pictures of your spring set up for your trailer? If so, I'd like to see them. Sounds like a great idea!!!

Green Team Landscaping
10-22-2008, 06:23 PM
Does a converted w/b into a z(or vice versa) count if you didn't do it?

David Haggerty
10-22-2008, 08:45 PM
Hey David,

Do you have pictures of your spring set up for your trailer? If so, I'd like to see them. Sounds like a great idea!!!

Well, I did have pics in this computer, but not any more. It's crashed so many times it should have a "salvage" title.:laugh:

But thanks for your interest. Since I built my trailer ramps & springs I've seen a better set up.
It uses a leaf spring. The spring's mounted under the trailer with a little sticking out the back. It's attached to the tailgate with something resembling a spring shackel. So it has two pivot points. When the gate comes down it compresses the spring making it easy for you to lift it back up.
It's what they use on horse trailers that have the ramp on the back.
I like these that put the spring under compression, because it exerts the most pressure when the tailgate is all the way down (when it's needed) then when it raises the pressure gets less so the tailgate don't try to take your head off. Plus the whole thing is underneath and out of the way.

I used to have pics of this setup too, but maybe you can find examples on the net.

Sorry.

Flex-Deck
10-22-2008, 08:57 PM
I made a 10 foot mower out of a 5 foot mower that articulates in two places

NIXRAY
10-22-2008, 09:19 PM
I made a 10 foot mower out of a 5 foot mower that articulates in two places

OK, first of all you need to patent that:weightlifter::weightlifter:....
Second as a new Small Engine Tech, removing any safety equip, will result in BIG problems, if you ever get injured you will not get covered by your insurance company, and if OSHA finds out theres some serious fines involved.
~NICK.

stevenf
10-22-2008, 09:38 PM
I took apart one of my hydrolic handle switches that prevents someone from starting it unless the handle is in the "out" position. I did this for theft reasons. If someone wants to steal it, they have to lift the seat, hold down the switch, and turn the key.

TLS
10-22-2008, 10:01 PM
I made a 10 foot mower out of a 5 foot mower that articulates in two places

What were you doing during your 2nd grade math class? (3+5+1.5=9.5)

TLS
10-22-2008, 10:03 PM
As for my mod....

Installing a 50" side gate on my trailer. Allows me to unload my 48" SCAG WB without moving my ZTR or Lawnboy push. Saves tons of time.

KCfireman
10-22-2008, 10:05 PM
removed a 14hp Kaw off my Walk-behind and dropped a brand new 17hp Kaw on it.:weightlifter::weightlifter:

Grits
10-22-2008, 10:25 PM
I added a hook to my Standers so I can always have a handheld blower with me.... it saves a trip to the back yard to blower things off when I am finished with the lawn..

Great idea!

Flex-Deck
10-22-2008, 11:52 PM
What were you doing during your 2nd grade math class? (3+5+1.5=9.5)

Actually the extra engine deck is 42" but thanks for the heads up.

DUSTYCEDAR
10-23-2008, 12:07 AM
I USE A HAMMER TO MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER:hammerhead:

Richard Martin
10-23-2008, 05:31 AM
OK, first of all you need to patent that:weightlifter::weightlifter:....

He already has patents on portions of that setup.

shepoutside
10-23-2008, 07:27 AM
:rolleyes: a cup holder :clapping: aerating tires :clapping: and got rid of employees, and made everything remote radio controlled :cool2:

LawnScapers of Dayton
10-23-2008, 08:00 AM
Great idea!

thanks........it has really saved me tons of time thru the years.......

heather lawn sp
10-23-2008, 10:41 AM
:rolleyes: a cup holder :clapping: aerating tires :clapping: and got rid of employees, and made everything remote radio controlled :cool2:

Did you actually develop that medieval torture device in the centre picture?
Does it actually work?

whoopassonthebluegrass
10-23-2008, 10:48 AM
Did you actually develop that medieval torture device in the centre picture?
Does it actually work?

I remember seeing an old episode of Knight Rider as a kid where they had to put those on KIT to climb a sand dune that the bad guys had escaped over in their 4x4... :laugh::laugh::laugh:

whoopassonthebluegrass
10-23-2008, 11:19 AM
:rolleyes: a cup holder :clapping: aerating tires :clapping: and got rid of employees, and made everything remote radio controlled :cool2:

You're in Canada and can't make it through a push-mowed lawn without a cup holder? ROFL! :laugh::laugh::laugh:

shepoutside
10-23-2008, 07:14 PM
Did you actually develop that medieval torture device in the centre picture?
Does it actually work?


No, but think'n they would look good on your Deere, see the plugs fly'n across the school fields now:laugh:

shepoutside
10-23-2008, 07:16 PM
You're in Canada and can't make it through a push-mowed lawn without a cup holder? ROFL! :laugh::laugh::laugh:

It's a clip on, so can be transfered to the trimmers too.:laugh: Is needed up here, we have real beer :rolleyes: ( not that we drink while working :nono: )

heather lawn sp
10-24-2008, 05:48 AM
No, but think'n they would look good on your Deere, see the plugs fly'n across the school fields now:laugh:

I was thinking more to keep the gremlins away

"You come near me kid and I'll run these spikey tires over your little body":laugh:

heather lawn sp
10-24-2008, 05:52 AM
It's a clip on, so can be transfered to the trimmers too.:laugh: Is needed up here, we have real beer :rolleyes: ( not that we drink while working :nono: )

I have visions of Kevin with his trimmer cup full of real beer:drinkup: with a straw in it, and watching the trimming get more and more crooked as the day wears on:laugh:

shepoutside
10-24-2008, 07:30 AM
I have visions of Kevin with his trimmer cup full of real beer:drinkup: with a straw in it, and watching the trimming get more and more crooked as the day wears on:laugh:

Thats when I switch to the stick edger, that little wheel is so much help, lol

shepoutside
10-24-2008, 07:37 AM
I was thinking more to keep the gremlins away

"You come near me kid and I'll run these spikey tires over your little body":laugh:


Yeah, need a larger version though, this is just for jr schools, lol

Mowbizz
10-24-2008, 09:30 AM
Fabricated a quick attach/detach pin for my Exmark's UltraVac bagger fan unit. Off in 5 seconds and back on in the same time...very simple fab which included a bolt (pin) a drilled hole for the clip, a thick washer, and voila...works like a dream! :drinkup:

Dynamic
10-25-2008, 02:00 PM
I put a dogs barking collar in the uniform pants of my employees so when there out of sight and decide to sit down it zaps them in the a-s to get them running again. LOL

Genlandscape
10-25-2008, 05:23 PM
In the pants, these collars work best around the neck!!!

AustinLawnscape
10-26-2008, 11:59 PM
Fabricated a quick attach/detach pin for my Exmark's UltraVac bagger fan unit. Off in 5 seconds and back on in the same time...very simple fab which included a bolt (pin) a drilled hole for the clip, a thick washer, and voila...works like a dream! :drinkup:
Mowbizz,

I'd love to see a picture of your mod to the UltraVac. Thanks - Ed

whoopassonthebluegrass
10-27-2008, 12:51 AM
Swapped the tranny on my TBar and shrank the tranny pulley. Went from 6.2mph to 10mph.

bob
11-07-2008, 06:55 PM
I've got some tall hedges to trim. Its too much trouble running the extended hedge trimmer, climbing down the ladder and getting the rake. And if you have the rake leaning against the ladder, it always falls. So I added a clip to my 6' and 8' ladder. It holds the rake while I'm trimming.

Woody_1
11-07-2008, 07:55 PM
I did this a while back that worked out well to add some front end weight to the Gravely 17/48 walk behind.

Click on this link for a picture
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?p=2487817#post2487817

I found a pipe plug that fit perfectly in the front steel tube on the deck. The pipe plug has a rubber seal, that is seated by tightening a bolt. I installed one plug, parked the mower on a side incline, and filled the front deck tube with lead shot. I'd say I added ~ 10 lbs worth. I then installed the other pipe plug. The plugs are tight, and not going anywhere.

I also added weights on top of the front castors by removing the 3/8" diameter retaining bolt. After some experiments, what I found what fits well is 3 x 2.5 lb round weights from Dicks, secured to the castor with a 3" x 3/8SAE bolt.
The holes in the weights are 1" and the bolt is 3/8". To make a tight fit, I slipped in some nylon spacers that are 3/8 hole x 1" OD x 3/8 thick.
Top it off with a large washer, and tighen the bolt.

Simply put, I have a stack of 3 weights bolted to the top of each front wheel castor. Looks good on there, and is tight fit so no movement of any kind.

Total of ~ 25lbs is just right addition.

( I wish I could figure out how to use a picture more than once. I even renamed the picture file before upload and it knew I had already used it before. Plus trying to link to the picture here said invalid link)

bajabodin
11-08-2008, 12:58 AM
I added a set of lights to my Walker mower. Best part was, the dealer wanted to charge me about $225-250 for the job and did it for about $18.00 and they kick ass and light up the yards. It really helps out now with the time change. Yes, we still cut grass down here in the south while you guys up there are pushing all that white stuff around. What is that stuff, snow???

Richard Martin
11-08-2008, 05:30 AM
( I wish I could figure out how to use a picture more than once. I even renamed the picture file before upload and it knew I had already used it before. Plus trying to link to the picture here said invalid link)

Just set up a www.Photobucket.com account.

You can post the pic as many times as you want to then. You can even use your own smilies in posts like this one...

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb56/RMartin631/smilies/worthless.gif

heather lawn sp
11-08-2008, 09:35 AM
Pulled the truck box off the '06 K2500 Duramax SRW
9.5 foot deck, 6.75 feet wide ramp receivers at back
Can roll 72 inch JD 997 up onto truck or a small Bobcat skidsteer. Somedays it beats dragging the trailer around

farmboy1285
11-08-2008, 01:28 PM
Took the bars that contol the safety switchs on my encore off because the switchs were burnt out and the bars killed my hands. Also just built a chute blocker for my great dane, here is a pic:
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk178/farmboy1285/Picture166.jpg
BTW do double blades count?

South Florida Lawns
11-08-2008, 03:24 PM
I added a cooler holder to my Z and my wb. Now I can carry a 12 pack where ever I mow!

dishboy
11-08-2008, 03:44 PM
Took a angle grinder to my decks to match walkers mulching decks also cut lift on mulch blades to match same. Mulching efficiency easily 30% better now.

Mowbizz
11-08-2008, 05:21 PM
Mowbizz,

I'd love to see a picture of your mod to the UltraVac. Thanks - Ed

OOPS...just saw this...be happy to take a pic for ya! Look for one here in a couple of days.:drinkup:

metro36
11-09-2008, 07:59 PM
I have not really modified any of my equipment just repowered some old stuff. I swaped the 3.5 briggs on my aerator for a 4hp honda.

milike
11-11-2008, 12:30 PM
Added doubles to my push 5hp mower.
Straighten out the curved shaft on my trimmer (alot cheaper than buying new)

BigGreen1
11-11-2008, 06:30 PM
Both of my mods involve deck height. I never seemed to be able to get a happy medium on deck height. On my exmark turf tracer I used washers placed below the pins to allow for a 1/8 inch height adjustment at a time. On my toro walkbehind I used a 1/2 inch of pvc pipe slipped over the adjusting pins. I rarely change heights now.

Tim

dishboy
11-11-2008, 06:57 PM
Both of my mods involve deck height. I never seemed to be able to get a happy medium on deck height. On my exmark turf tracer I used washers placed below the pins to allow for a 1/8 inch height adjustment at a time. On my toro walkbehind I used a 1/2 inch of pvc pipe slipped over the adjusting pins. I rarely change heights now.

Tim


Are you talking about the 21" toro? If so can you post pictures as I am not seeing this. I drilled holes between the existing holes on my 21" to give me more options.

BigGreen1
11-11-2008, 08:40 PM
Dishboy,

No it's a 1994 44" proline. There are pins that run horizontally and I put a 1/2 inch pvc piece on the pin(the mower deck hangs from pin). This raised the height up 1/4 inch or so.

Tim

S L C
11-11-2008, 11:06 PM
You're in Canada and can't make it through a push-mowed lawn without a cup holder? ROFL! :laugh::laugh::laugh:

"Welcome to the new U.S.A. - United Socialists of America"

Funny, but not really... I thought it was the United States of Africa now..... ???:nono::nono::weightlifter::weightlifter:

bare31
11-11-2008, 11:44 PM
Built a chute blocker w/ocdc, and added a hydro cooler to my tigercub.also added tubes to the front tires.

jggarrettllc
12-07-2008, 09:34 PM
the aerator is not done quite yet......

the chute blocker is my pride and joy.......it has open/closed buttons in the ends of the handles

the plow wings are pro wings modified with bracing added to plow
i really need to sell the plow:help:

i need some new ideas if anyone has any

Greenleaf Lawns
12-11-2008, 11:31 PM
I added a set of lights to my Walker mower. Best part was, the dealer wanted to charge me about $225-250 for the job and did it for about $18.00 and they kick ass and light up the yards. It really helps out now with the time change. Yes, we still cut grass down here in the south while you guys up there are pushing all that white stuff around. What is that stuff, snow???

More info please, pics would be great

I have three Walkers, $750 for lights isn't going to happen, but $60... I'll be lit up!

:cool2:

txgrassguy
12-12-2008, 01:08 AM
On thing I have never done is to remove or tamper with operator safety switches on any of my machines.
As far as alterations, I replaced the damaged metal/and or plastic discharge chutes with the kevlar baler belt material available from Tractor Supply.
What I ended up with is an extremely flexible discharge chute which actually does a better job of knocking down air borne debris. Doesn't interfere when loading/unloading the mowers, doesn't mar trees/fences and is essentially employee proof because they can't forget to lower the chute cover. Typically lasts about two full mowing seasons (about 800 hours total time)before replacement is necessary.
Cost is about $15 per machine and since the crews run about ten different machines depending upon what/where mowing I have saved a ton of money.

Grasskeepers
12-12-2008, 08:18 PM
i'm making more in the winter with this then i did in the summer

Richard Martin
12-12-2008, 08:34 PM
i'm making more in the winter with this then i did in the summer

Yeah, I was gonna say that at least you found a use for that "mower".

Jerry Lee
12-12-2008, 08:45 PM
I made a 10 foot mower out of a 5 foot mower that articulates in two places

how do u get that on a trailer?:confused:

Flex-Deck
12-12-2008, 09:40 PM
how do u get that on a trailer?:confused:

Here is how.

STIHL GUY
12-12-2008, 11:57 PM
im in the process of building a blower rack for my open trailer. i started but im going to finish in the spring

Jerry Lee
12-13-2008, 09:12 AM
Here is how.

that is really somethin!!:clapping: i have never seen anybody make three jd tractors so productive.