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Richard Martin
06-19-2010, 12:28 PM
I been asked about it a hundred times. I've been cussed out in PM over it. I've decided to reveal the use of that yellow arm on my Dixie.

When I moved to the house I'm in now I found that it had a fairly long stretch of ditch. About 750 feet. It goes around 3 sides of the property. At first, in the springtime, it wasn't that bad to trim the whole thing. I tried to cut it with any one of my mowers at first but most of the ditch is either too steep or too swampy for them. I almost had to get the Dixie towed out of the ditch in the video. The bottom of that ditch is just muck. I can't even walk in it most of the time.

But as summer got here I grew weary of trimming the whole thing and started to look to alternatives. About the only things I could come up with were electric trimmers that are mounted to mowers. So I said "What the heck, I'll give it a try." So I bought a Peco ZTrimmer. It was a fine idea. The trimmer was seriously weak on power though. After a couple of attempts I gave up and took the trimmer back off and threw it up on the shelf.

About a year went by and I had a brain fart one day. Why don't I remove the electric motors from the ZTrimmer and put a regular mower there? Hmm.. but how?

I mounted the arm from the ZTrimmer to the deck (minus the motor) just like it had been before and pulled up an old 20" pushmower I had next to it. How to attach the pushmower to the arm was the next problem. I sat and looked at it for a while before it came to me. I had an old friction antisway bar that had a ball joint on each end. Mount one ball joint to the arm and the other ball joint to the mower and then use the friction swaybar to attach the mower to the arm.

I got it all set up and took it out for a try. I quickly learned that I could only make right hand turns. If you try to turn left then the mower turns over due to the way everything is put together. No biggie. I also found out that I need to put a mercury rollover switch on the mower to shut it off in case it turns over. That actually only happened a couple of times until I learned how to use the Ditch Mower.

You can also adjust the arm so it will go down into a deeper ditch then the one's that I use it on. Anyway, it works great and saves me a huge amount of time every week.

I realize that this won't go over well with some people and that's fine. There may be a couple of people here that can use it to their advantage.

Without further adou...

The Ditch Mower...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yyoJU49-68

jhawk60
06-19-2010, 12:44 PM
It looks like it works well. A fine piece of jury rigging.

kc2006
06-19-2010, 12:46 PM
I say neat! I could use something like that at a couple commercial places I do. Theres a good 1000' of ditch at one and a big retention area on another, that'd work great for me.

MS_SURVEYOR
06-19-2010, 12:50 PM
WOW DUDE! That is so cool! It works, and works well!

BINKY1902
06-19-2010, 01:40 PM
Great job. I get tired of going back and push mowing those ditches like that.

The mayor
06-19-2010, 04:37 PM
Thats kind of like the noah mowing system that I have on my dixie....except you most likely saved a ton more money, and yours might work better. I would like to see more of it in action.

Richard Martin
06-19-2010, 04:39 PM
I would like to see more of it in action.

What else would you like to see it do?

grassman177
06-19-2010, 08:30 PM
i think that is pretty nifty richard, good work. so the trimmer was a pos huh, too bad, a good one would be very beneficial to have on many a large property for many reasons.

topsites
06-19-2010, 08:33 PM
;) Ooooo :eek:

And it might not go over well with some people but I think that's hot.
And no I don't mean stolen!

Personally I always unload my 48" Wb just for that but my method involves a bit more sweat.

mowerbrad
06-19-2010, 09:42 PM
I can't believe people cussed you out just because you didn't tell them what it is....

That is a really cool idea though, looks like it works really good too.

I never have the time or energy to go out and make something like that.

jimshack
06-19-2010, 10:44 PM
necessity is the mother of invention, most of us could use something like that. I could use a radio control mower that will cut on a 50 degree slope. Good work!

DLCS
06-20-2010, 02:44 PM
Now thats awsome. I've had and idea in my head like that for soem time but just haven't tried to build it yet. keep us updated on any changes/improvements.

BPS##
01-17-2013, 09:37 PM
i think that is pretty nifty richard, good work. so the trimmer was a pos huh, too bad, a good one would be very beneficial to have on many a large property for many reasons.




I wonder how the trimmer works in weekly manicured grass?????

I too am looking to save labor hours at my large complexes.
If I could find some thing that worked right I could see my self not hiring one part time laborer.

TriCountyLawn
01-18-2013, 04:01 AM
I always thought it was a ratchet strap. lol Good idea, I have envisioned this kinda thing but luckily don't have any current ditches I cant get with a mower.

ELS Landscape
01-18-2013, 06:31 AM
I am just wondering how some of those other videos show up afterwards as a related topic.

ashgrove landscaping
01-18-2013, 11:14 AM
Yer a legend Richard.......

Richard Martin
01-18-2013, 11:19 AM
Yer a legend Richard.......

Thank you very much. :laugh:

orangemower
01-18-2013, 11:24 AM
Yer a legend Richard.......

Gezzz, now his head is going to swell. LOL

Hope all is well Richard.:waving:

BROWNS LAWN CARE
04-09-2013, 11:49 PM
pretty slick

dhardin53
04-10-2013, 11:09 AM
Love the idea Richard, I as well would like to see your working set up. If you show yours I will show you mine. (Well that don't sound right!).

I have a 20" side/pull behind system I have used off and on for years. I have the opion to add on the 20" a 44" and a 60" mower.

jason72g
04-10-2013, 02:58 PM
Please tell us the story of you getting cussed out!