Building a mower!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have finally found a use for my old Gravely promaster 30H outfront,I am going to build something I can actually get some use out of. I recently found a VERY cheap source for hydraulic parts(surpluscenter.com) and I decided to build either a VERY large walkbehind with a 30hp diesel and 72" deck,also with 23" tires!(walkbehinds are more versatile than a rider in my opinion).Or a sort of cross between a tractor and an ATV,again using the 30hp diesel, and 4 wheel motors,(4WD), and a PTO, all to be mounted on a heavily modified Big bear ATV frame. I figure I could use this for a number of things plus have a little fun with it! Most of the parts are coming from the outfront Gravely. The hydraulic pump I am going to use will allow it to reach 40mph. top speed! Anyone ever tried anything like this? I have a friend who is an expert on hydraulics helping me, and I am a pretty good fabricator and welder so it should turn out pretty cool!. Suggestions and comments are welcome.
     
  2. JMiller08

    JMiller08 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like an accident waiting to happen lol. Have fun man and lets see some pics!!!
     
  3. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    Post some pics
     
  4. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was thinking the walkbehind thing the other day. I recently bought a ferris 61 wb and the thing has been awesome. was thinking that a 72" wb would be even better on some of the big hills I do. Thought if I could pick up a deck some where and a wb chassis. hang the deck under it and spread the frame/wheel motors out to keep from scalping. Got a guy about 20 minutes away that deals in a lot of used commercial equipment. I can see a winter project brewing.:drinkup:
     
  5. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have fun, but don't tell your insurance company.
     
  6. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
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    I bet you have a motorized barstool in your garage! ha ha ha
     
  7. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    sounds like a fun project. make sure you take lots of pictures
     

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