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Backlapping Kit

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Landscape Poet, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Mc Clane Backlapping kit....while it gets it done...it is kind of a pain in the butt. What are the rest of you guys using to accomplish Backlapping, Diamond? Patriot you come to mind because if I remember correctly you are using Mc Clane as well right.
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,621

    3/8"-1/2" steel threaded bell reducer 3/8" end is ground down so a 3/4" socket will fit on that end. 1/2" end is tapped perpendicular so a 1/4 bolt may be used as a set screw to hold this on the shaft of the reel. 3/8" socket adapter for drills and of course, the 3/4" socket. I use a heavy duty variable speed reversible 1/2" drill to turn the reel in reverse. You do not want to have the reel turning faster than 400 RPM. 200 is preferable.
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,552

    Factory kit is what I got too. Works but just time consuming. That's why I posted its like owning an airplane. Your maintaining as much as your mowing. I'm trying Greendocs remedy this weekend. Controlled speed is the ticket and the factory kit makes that all but impossible. The steel they use isn't the best either so I'm sure I will be buying another one this season.
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  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,621

    The PITA of McLane mowers is brought home to me when it comes time to backlap. The chain cover needs to come off. 2 5/16" flanged bolts. Then the chain needs to have its connecting link opened. Set screw in the sprocket is removed. Now it is time to pull the sprocket off the reel shaft. Finally, I can put my adapter on the shaft where the sprocket set screw went. Getting the two ends of the reel to touch evenly is a trial and error process. 3 bolts need to be loosened and the reel pushed or tapped down onto the bedknife. Then these 3 bolts must be tightened without making the reel shift out of position. Reassembly is in reverse of this. Whole process takes me an hour.

    The Toro mower needs a 1/2" square drive inserted into the shaft of the reel. Bedknife to reel clearance is adjusted by turning two bolts after backing off a jamb nut. Nothing has been removed from the mower in order to backlap it. I am done in 10 minutes.
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,552

    I've been to 3 local machinery auctions hoping for a Toro to show up. Nada. Outside of a few gang mowers nothing. Havent gained any more reel accounts, but don't want to wait until I really need to upgrade either.
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  6. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Check out EBay, but buyer beware. Fl-landscapes told me to watch out for a piece of work selling on EBay based in Florida. Make sure you are provided what you were promised.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,552

    Unless its coming out of your garage I ain't chancing any used piece off ebay. I see enough shenanagans at the auctions.
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  8. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    Your in the state with the most golf course's per person. I'll bet i can find a deal on walk mower. Look under 'used' at this site. There is always something. Average price for a good machine is $750


    There are some decent sized used machinery dealer's down your way.








  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,552

    You would think so. However many courses have gone cheap and started using rotaries on everything but the greens and teeboxes. Plus the ones I've found were well done. They don't want spend money any sooner than they have too. I need way more reasons before I spend almost 5 figures for reel. I can buy or keep the Mclane going for a long time for that money.
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    Last edited: Mar 15, 2014
  10. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    Yup, guy was in fort Myers. The eBay listing and photo was a greensmaster 1600 (which is what I wanted for higher cutting option and wider cut) 2008 barely used with grooved roller. Got there and it ended up being a 2005 with smooth roller. Guy said his fathers memory isn't as good as it used to be and didn't change the photo or description and a smooth roller "is what I want". Bought it anyway but needed to buy a new grooved roller $300 after talking to greendoc. All and all it's a really solid machine in great shape but these guys were bulshatters! It did have an 8 not 11 blade reel which was a bonus.

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