8575Re: [IH CUB LoBoy Series] Re: Mowing Speed
- Apr 2, 2006If all you are after is something to do with your surplus time, energy,
and money, I wish you well.
As far as accomplishing something useful, I have to wonder what the
point might be. It is my observation that my 184 does a fine job of
mowing grass in second gear. I suppose it could go a little faster, but
I wonder if the quality of the cut would suffer. And just suppose I
could push my 20 hp tractor to go maybe 10% faster (that is about the
most I could hope for without having the blades miss a lot of grass).
Right now it takes me about 3 hours to mow the several acres of grass
around my place and some of my neighbors. If I could increase the speed
by 10%, that would shave 18 minutes off my time, not counting having to
slow down in areas that are a little cluttered with bushes and trees. 18
minutes. How much time and money would I be willing to invest to butcher
the tractor and save 18 minutes a week? And what would I do with that 18
I guess if I really was hurting for time in my mowing activities, I
would rather invest the money in a modern commercial "zero turn" mower
with hydrostatic drive and do the job properly. Or I would replace my
old worn out turf tread tires with a set of brand new "industrial" tread
tires - that would increase my ground speed by 10% with almost no time
Again, I am not criticizing your intentions, just stating my personal
view on the subject.
> I'm in the same situation, 3 gears just don't cut it any more.--
> I've been brainstorming and have been working on an idea. If I take a
> small transmission from a ,say s-10, with 4 speed + od, and remove the
> 2nd, 3rd, and reverse gears. install it inline before the trans
> already in the tractor (similar to the creeper gear). It would create
> an auxilliary transmission to give the effect of a creeper gear in 1st
> gear, standard ratio in 4th gear, and slightly faster speeds in od.
> Haven't found a transmission yet, but this will be my spring project.
> Has anyone else ever tried this. I will post any progress, as I
> really believe this could be the answer to a lot of peoples issues
> with creeper gear availability, and range of mowing speeds.
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