Re: [IH CUB LoBoy Numbered Series] 184 with 60 belly mower and loader
- This is the setup that I have. If you take some pics of the setup and post them up that would be great.I run mine with the loader on year round. In the summer when just mowing I just drop the bucket, 4 pins, takes a minute. still leaves some weight on the tractor frame, but not enough to worry about. Makes it much easier to get around the trees while mowing. Last year I left the loader pump belt attached all summer too - so that pulls some power from the mower, but I never had an issue with it.I do drop the deck for winter and snow removal. it's a 20 minute process or so. Makes it easier to inspect and sharper the blades for spring though. The deck is 4 or 6 pins I think, not too bad. Take some pics of the setup, arms, etc so you remember where it all goes in the spring.I picked up my loader separate from the 184, but total was about $2600. Got a snow blade with it too. Had to make new hydraulic lines for the bucket.It's a great setup for small acreage, large drive, small tasks - I highly recommend it. If you don't have a need to lift more than 900lbs, smaller jobs around the house and snow - it's great.I have chains and rear weight for mine for mine. Ended up with just the chains on last winter, never had any trouble. This winter I tried something a little different. I realized the front wheels are the same bolt pattern as the enclosed trailer. Since I had 2 spare wheels for it, and wasn't planning on taking it anywhere this winter - I swapped those on. Pumped them up 50psi and tried it out. lifts the front about 2" but if you are just using the bucket, not a big deal. Was like having power steering - worked great. Moved 500lb loads of wood from a tree that dropped with no trouble.
From: Mike <mikesloane@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 5:21 PM
Subject: Re: [IH CUB LoBoy Numbered Series] 184 with 60 belly mower and loader
A lot depends on what you intend to use the machine for. With a loader
on the tractor, the front end will be heavy and hard to steer. In
addition, the bucket sticking out several feet in front can make it
difficult to mow in tight areas. On the other hand, using the loader
with the mower on means that you will have to limit your operation to
land that is relatively level, as the mower deck will keep you from
dealing with really rough ground. And, of course you will have the deck
sticking out from both sides a foot or so when going through heavy
brush. On the plus side, having the deck on will help a little with rear
wheel traction. If you intend to use the loader to move snow, the mower
deck will be a constant source of frustration.
Taking either off and then re-mounting is not a quick and easy job.
Just my thoughts...
On 1/20/2013 6:12 PM, spinnakerun wrote:
> Going to look at a refurbished 184 with a belly mower and loader. Has
> anyone used one like it? How easy is it to mow with the loader still
> on, or use the loader with the mower on? Be nice to do both, but not
> sure if it will work without a lot of hassle. Any ideas about this
> setup? Thanks, RAY
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