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Mott flail modification

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:30 pm

I have been helping some of the neighbors out by using my flail on the Cub with the despeeder to mow close to fences they were planning to work on. The combination of being able to creep along with the flail running full speed works great, and that flail sticking out to the side about 15 or 16 inches is good for getting close to the wire, posts, etc. The problem is that sometimes the grass and weeds and occasional light brush or so thick I cannot see the base of the fence very well, and a few times I have snagged a post with the bolts on the end of the mower. Things can get interesting when that happens, I bent a T post into a > shape, partly circled a corner post (with that despeeder engaged the momentum of the flail will drive you much further than you would think), and broke off one old wooden post. To reduce the problem I welded a piece of wedge shaped steel to the side of the mower that sticks out to the same distance as the longest bolt. The rear of the wedge is a little lower than the front, to assist in lifting the mower and letting it clear the post.
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Re: Mott flail modification

Postby Eugene » Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:09 pm

Looks like it should work.

My biggest problem is tall fescue grass getting wound up in the cutter bar bearings. Haven't done it yet, but been thinking of devising something to lay/lean the fescue, on the sides of the cover, over so that it falls under the knives.
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Re: Mott flail modification

Postby Buzzard Wing » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:18 am

De-speeder.... dag, there are times I can use one of those. Luckily the 'tight' stuff I mow is not too thick, so I can plod along at just above and idle. Sharp knives help too.

I saw a photo of a newer Mott/Alamo mower with a plate guard running the sides over the bearings. That would do the trick too.
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Re: Mott flail modification

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:09 pm

I got my despeeder several years before I got a tiller, mainly for use in heavy duty mowing that was too thick for normal work.

As to the fescue wrapping the end of the spindle I wonder about some kind of deal like the cutters the highway department used to use on their brush hogs for cutting the cassette tapes that were thrown along the road. They were a short ear close to the spindle to keep the tapes from wrapping around it and eating out the seals.
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