Double Wheels on walk behinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by syzer, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How is this done, I have some horrible hills that have no guilt beating the hell out of us. I would like to give double wheels a try but I cant seem to locate any kits for it or anything. Before I go about tackling a home made kit does anyone have any info?
  2. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    I used to run duals on three wheelers in the mud, all I did was drill some holes offset to the lug bolts and put threaded rod thru them both. Cheap and easy. If your any good with a welder you could weld the threaded rod to the inside tire rim, but make sure the tire is off or the heat could blow it. I prefer the drilling method.
  3. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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  4. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    scary. I have seen a kit for duals on 4 wheelers in a 4 wheel atv catalog, and that thing looked like it could climb mount everest. I had a jd walk w/ 54" deck that I wanted to put duals on, but remember your turns. stopping two wheels on one side might just be an interesting divot. daveg
  5. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
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    Being a certified "coon-ass" from Louisiana.....

    i did this on a w/b before, pullin' mowers, 4-wheelers and even an old JD Skid loader.

    My w/b had lug bolts that went into the drive hub instead of lug nuts.

    This is how i did it per side:

    i made (2) - 1/4" thick round steel plates to fit inside the wheels and drilled the lug pattern,
    1 for the inside of the outer rim,
    1 for outside of the inner rim, ( taper the outside of the bolt holes for the bolts to seat)

    then welded a 12"L x 3" diameter sch40 steel pipe between the two. (could be shorter or longer depending on the rim width or desired track width)

    I welded nuts to the inside of the holes of the plate for the outer rim.

    Bolt the bracket and inner rim to the machine first, then add the outer rim bolting into the nuts which were welded.

    I had this setup for over 6 years for doing a levee and it worked great. it would lay the grass down from time to time, but the deck suction would usually suck it back up.

    Turned alot of heads too!! Make sure you use it to your advantage. (advertising)

  6. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks alot for the suggestion guys, I am surprised to see no one out there makes a kit for it.


    Your idea is exactly what I had in mind if I had to make one. I am going to make a hub of sorts that way there is as little margin for messing anything up. Looks like I will be hitting the welder again.
  7. If your 52" Toro walkbehind is sliding down the hill,
    turf should not be planted on a slope that steep.

    Sell them some kind of ground cover other than turf.
  8. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have thought of that but there are too many hills, this is an apartment complex and I know they wouldnt go for it. One of the hills would be ideal for ground cover. I will try and get some pics and post them so you cguys can see what I'm talking about.

    Here is the small hill in the front I had pics of laying around. You cant really see how steep it gets behind our guy, but back by the sign its hard to walk on. This is the smallest hill at the complex =(.

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  9. BerksLawn

    BerksLawn LawnSite Member
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    Last year i saw a 72" scag walkbehind with 3 castors and dual wheels cutting down in Baltimore. I think it might have been Brickman but i cant rember.
  10. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    syzer, why dont you just cut that with the scag walk behind on your trailer? yes, i beleive scag makes a kit. i too have seen brickman mowing with a 72 inch scag walk behind with dual wheels in the back. they cut a huge northeast utilities complex with some nasty hills. ask your scag dealer

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