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More bushhog info for help
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Annie in Ky    Posted 09-04-2003 at 08:05:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the bushhog help replies. The mower is a Howse and does not have a top access panel in the deck. How loose are the blades suppose to be? Everything seems to operate fine but after dh hit a stump now we hear an occassional very loud banging and noticed only one of the blades was loose (moving in a circle, not up/down) One of the blades was tight and stationary. Is it possible the tight stationary one is causing the problem? Are ALL rotary mower blades suppose to move? Before they were both stationary and it worked fine. No apparent bent blades or anything and they clear the deck just fine. Any more info will be appreciated. Just can't figure out what is causing the banging.

Important: a manual    Posted 09-05-2003 at 06:20:25       [Reply]  [No Email]

I'm putting a link below to a company who posts their operator's manual on the web for free download. I have an old Howse, too, but I use this manual which is very close to my mower. Lots of good information on the mower, I'd strongly suggest you download, print, and read "the book!"

Good luck,
Tom A

markct    Posted 09-04-2003 at 20:16:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like ya might have bent a blade up to the point where it can smack the bottom side of the deck every now and then. i have done this to our mower many times, just gota get a 4x4 or big pipe in there and bend it back down to where its supposed to be

Sven    Posted 09-04-2003 at 13:57:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is just an idea, use some penetrating oil and a little force if necessary, to get that other blade to swing free, and see if that doesn't take care of it.

deadcarp    Posted 09-04-2003 at 09:34:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
having never been to ky myself, it's kinda hasrd to tell how handy you are, :) but if it was me, i'd drag the whole mess over to the neighbors and tell him it's a hopeless wreck. (just happen to take a couple spare tires along) see, our neighbor had one with as twisted transmission, and he scrounged a coupla those throw-away spare tires, made a few sparks with his welder and now they run on rubber so he don't need a tranny. sure like to have one like that but i imagine it's a lotta work :) just a thought :)

Vadave    Posted 09-04-2003 at 09:16:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Howse has a web page (do search on Howes) which can be some help. More importantly thre is a number you can call for assistance. I had to get parts for mine recently and they are very helpful.

Dunno...    Posted 09-04-2003 at 08:47:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
About the 'banging', but all Rotary Cutter blades I have ever seen swing with very slight drag (if any at all)...Every spring, mine have rusted a bit and take about 2 minutes to 'level' out and stop the deck from shaking...After that I can turn them with my hands...

Have you checked the shear pin?...May be that it did shear and there is just enough left to hold the shaft tight for a bit and then it 'jumps' and that is the bang you are hearing...

Just thinking out loud here...


Ron in TX    Posted 09-04-2003 at 08:43:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
the blades are supposed to be loose. Centrifugal force makes the swing out to cut the brush. They are loose to prevent gear box and drive shaft damage if you hit a stump or other immovable object. The bolts are made with a shoulder so even if they are completely tightened, the blades can still swing around backwards if you hit something. Just wait until you are mowing strange uncleared land and find an old tire or some carpet if you want to hear some real banging around. Talk to a local tractor or implement dealer if you need a little help in setting the shredder up.

Larry 8N75381    Posted 09-04-2003 at 17:09:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here in Virginia I sometimes find rocks and even once got a concrete block. BLAM!!!! That sure made a noise!!! Good thing the blades can swing out of the way, the shock from hitting that block would have messed up something if the blades could not swing to reduce the shock.

While I'm thinking of it, I should remind Annie that a bush hog is a very dangerous pice of machinery. The concrete block I hit went out side ways about ten feet like it has been shot out of a cannon. Would have hurt somebody BAD if they had been around. Thus NUMBER ONE RULE when bush hogging, NO ONE AROUND!!!

Please read the linked thread. Especially read, about the middle of the thread, the post by John (NL) Posted 01-31-2000 that has a copy of a post by Nolan that is too old for the archives describing his first time bush hogging - BRUSH, NOT grass. Also read the thread at;


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