Woods mower ID--info needed

Fri Oct 01, 2004 10:35 pm

Have what looks like a Woods mower (3-blade) on a Cub---but no mower nameplate or label or other ID that I can see. Where's the nameplate usually found?

Next time I'm working under it I'll at least measure the overall cutting

Sat Oct 02, 2004 6:22 am

I believe the nameplate on mine is on the PTO/belt guard that covers the tractor PTO. If it's got three blades, it's probably in the 59 family.

Mon Oct 04, 2004 11:37 am

IH has a mower that is also a 3-blade 59" deck, and looks very similar to the Woods. From what I've seen, there is a minor difference in the mounting:

If you have a round pipe running from the middle of the deck back between the final drives, and there are two flat straps connected to the deck via pivot pins, it's a Woods mower.

If you have no round pipe, and the two flat straps are rigidly mounted to the deck, it's an IH.

Mon Oct 04, 2004 12:05 pm


The Manual Server has the Owner's Manuals for the IH series decks and the Wood series decks as well. That should help in id'ing what you have.

Mon Oct 04, 2004 5:25 pm

If I remember correctly (actually happened once) the Woods 59 inch uses a songle belt to run all 3 pulleys, but the IH?Danco has seperate belts and the outer arbors are in slots to adjust the blade belt tension.

Tue Oct 05, 2004 7:53 am

As John eludes to, the easiest way to ID an Woods deck from an IH, is the belt. Woods mowers use a single belt, IH mowers use 3 seperate V-belts. Count the belts to get the ID right.