Making a nice mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FrankenScagMachines, Feb 2, 2003.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    For those small in town lawns I have chosen to try to attain, I am building what I consider the "ultimate" mower within my limited budget. It is a 52" hydro Scag then I added the following:
    Heavy duty 2 wheel sulky
    WE Chapps Groundskeeper Debris bag
    Striping flap (homemade)
    OCDC (homemade operator controlled discharge chute)
    Headlights (needed to make brackets for lights, switch and battery)
    66" V - plow for snow or leaves (manually adjustable angle)
    Also made something similar to a JRCO transporter with tubs.

    I am going to build a catcher (or buy one but I would rather build one like I want), and a Flex Deck and deck mounted trimmer would be cool, but I don't have enough power for a Flex Deck and don't really think a deck mounted trimmer would help me any. It will be the perfect setup for what I want a mower for and the only thing I would change if it was new is I would have a bigger engine (17-19hp instead of just 14hp), electric start, and floating deck. I can live with it just like it is though!
    Here are a few pictures.
    Eric
     
  2. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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  3. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    plow comes off quickly and is very nice for driveways coupled with the sulky!

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  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    I got off the beaten path and used a cable control for the OCDC. Works very well. I would have used thicker steel but this is all I had laying around and someone pointed out it would be better if it was thin enough to give so you wouldn't tear up the mower if you hit something. It doesn't flip up over top of the deck but if you need it that narrow you'll probably have it in the down position anyway. Has a small spring for assistance.

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  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
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    my only question is how strong is the plow?
     
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Here is the control panel - left to right - Light toggle switch, throttle/choke, OCDC control, ground speed control.

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  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Battery I mounted over the right drive tire. This adds 20#.

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  8. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    thats the way to do it! well... at least the lights and stand on.
     
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Lights! good for plowing or leaf cleanups, or just routine mowing. No alternator on engine so you recharge it when it is dead.

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  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    tiedeman, not strong enough. The wings aren't anyway but they are all I had laying around. Had alot of 18 ga. to use, need more like 1/8" plate.
     

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