Ditches

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CaptainPike, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Um hmmm. Tried that first. Can't walk in the bottom of the ditch. It appears to be dry but you sink right in up to your knees. There's also 750 feet of that ditch there. It's a whole lot easier with the ditch mower.
     
  2. weeze

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    i'll post some pictures of ditches when i get around to it. then you'll see what a ditch is lol. a ditch has to be trimmed or sprayed with round up. you can't go over it with a mower. those are small ditches. i'm referring to really big steep ditches.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2011
  3. Richard Martin

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    I don't really care about your ditches. Those are your problem. The OP asked for a solution without giving any specifics about the job. I gave one. What have you contributed to this thread besides giving me a hard time and belittling a tool I use? The arm on the ditch mower is also adjustable and can go down into a ditch about 4 feet deep. I had it adjusted to it's shortest length for my ditches.
     
  4. KINGMADE

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    Is that custom made or is there a company selling the arm?
     
  5. Richard Martin

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    The arm consists of 2 parts. The yellow portion is the arm from a Peco Z-Trimmer. The black portion is just a standard friction trailer antisway bar. Just mount the Z-Trimmer arm to your deck. Remove the trimmer motor and chuck it in the trash or put it on a shelf or whatever. The friction sway bar comes with 2 balls. Mount one to the Z-Trimmer arm where the electric motor was and the other one on the front right side of the lightest pushmower you can find. Attach the sway bar and you have a ditch mower.

    I added a rollover switch to the pushmower for added safety in case it does tip over. I also used 2 stroke mix gas. You should also only make right hand turns when the ditch mower is attached. The longer the ditch the more you'll love the setup. I always had people stopping and asking me where I got it whenever I used it so it must not be too bad of an idea.
     
  6. Tennesseepowerstroke

    Tennesseepowerstroke LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why do use 2 stroke mix gas with the Kawasaki engine? Isn't that engine pressure lubed?
     
  7. Richard Martin

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    Habit. I used a 30 year old Techumseh for the job before I put the Kawi on it.
     
  8. weeze

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    ok man the OP was talking about really steep ditches...the one you showed didn't look steep to me...but no matter...i wasn't trying to belittle you was just saying that that wasn't a big ditch...anyways forget all that...here's some "ditches" i had to trim today. I still have no idea why they have shrubs in the ditch at that one house lol...i guess they washed down there at some point. the first 5 pics are all from the same house...they have a ditch all the way around on 3 sides of the yard...the last one is a commercial property next to the highway that i had to cleanup.

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    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011
  9. CaptainPike

    CaptainPike LawnSite Member
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    The last one, how do you cut that one?

    I could only imagine doing that with my string trimmer.
     
  10. weeze

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    yeah that is trimmer all the way...in real life the ditches are steeper than they look in the pics....you actually have to climb down in there to get the lower part of it lol...i'm gonna try to hit the lower part with roundup at some point to help out haha...it's not like it's a good looking ditch or anything so it won't matter
     

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