My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

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My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:12 pm

It has been a long haul, and a sure source of amusement for the past 2 or so years!! For those who are not aware, I had acquired a Woods 42F mower a few years ago, and during the delivery ride home, lost the Front Universal Shaft...the front part of the drive shaft that attaches to the PTO and "floats" on the splined drive shaft attached to the mower. I have been looking for a replacement since.

I finally bought a parts mower that had one attached. "Attached" because it was rusted to the splined drive shaft!!! (Even Barnyard took a try at getting it loose!) Wasted a lot of PB Blaster on it, so unbolted the entire spindle and shaft from the mower, took it to a tractor/machine shop, and let him figure out how to separate the two halves. He did it, though in a rather interesting way...he cut the splined male half in the middle (not the part I needed), then removed the universal, giving access to the other end, and was then able to put it in a press and press the two shafts apart.

Here is what I ended up with after he put on a new universal:
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But now I have a few other problems. I THINK the threaded section of the post where the spindle "plate" attaches to is broken (exploded diagram in the manual is not clear). There is a nut attached that is acting as a coupler between the two parts, and it is keeping me from raising and lowering the "plate", thus loosening and tightening the belt.

(Cannot rotate so it is right side up!)
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Not sure you can tell, but the second nut from the bottom is the "coupler, the bottom nut is frozen (for now) and the top nut is holding down the "plate".
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Am I correct in assuming that the threaded portion is NOT supposed to be in two pieces?
Do you thing I can simply cut the threaded part from the round smooth part and have a section of Grade 8 all-thread welded on?

I also need help in adjusting the fasthitch so the mower is straight and level. Do I use the leveling adjustment, shown here in the foreground?

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The mower is low in the left side, and as you can see from this photo (tilt your head!!), it this has been repaired in the past.

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I tried to raise it, but was unable, but it could have been because of the weight of the mower. Maybe I need to remove the mower and make adjustments to the fasthitch then?

It would probably help greatly if I had experience with one or both these pieces of equipment! However, I actually mowed with this for about 30 minutes (until the "coupler" nut came loose), and it did a great job!! YEA! Now to get things correct... :{_}:

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby staninlowerAL » Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:22 pm

Sorry Dale, I have no recommendations to resolve your problems but the tenacity and perserverance demonstrated so far will prevail in the end. :lol: KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!! Stan

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:02 pm

Yeah, since I am working on this alone, strength can be a big factor, so next time I am out there, I will drop the mower, "play" with the fasthitch to get a feel for how to adjust it, including the Depth Control Lever and Depth Adjusting Links (suggestions anyone?), and see what I need to do. I believe I need to swing the mower to the right one hole on the bar where the Pull Bar rides.

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby tmays » Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:24 pm

The leveling link should adjust with the mower on and raised up. Also, you need to check the upright on the fast hitch point to see if there is any wear on it. I have that problem and will need to repair it. These mowers are definitely not balanced well.
Leveling front to back us done with the depth adjustment.
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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:42 pm

Dale,

Are you saying that you're having difficulty turning the leveling crank? If so, grease that puppy up and put a jack under the left side of the Fast Hitch to take some of the pressure off.

You might also want to start looking for a replacement yoke for that side.
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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:03 pm

Thanks, Don and Thomas! When I get back out to the farm, I will go armed with a grease gun...and if that doesn't work, I will be able to use it to beat the crud out of it!! :evil:

I have read the limited info in the fasthitch manual. It says use the implement manual for adjustments, but the Woods manual says nothing. Do you guys know if IH made a mower for the fasthitch, and if so, is there a manual for it? My thinking is that the adjustments would be the same as the Woods.

Thanks!

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby mva1958 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:28 pm

Dale Finch wrote:Thanks, Don and Thomas! When I get back out to the farm, I will go armed with a grease gun...and if that doesn't work, I will be able to use it to beat the crud out of it!! :evil:

I have read the limited info in the fasthitch manual. It says use the implement manual for adjustments, but the Woods manual says nothing. Do you guys know if IH made a mower for the fasthitch, and if so, is there a manual for it? My thinking is that the adjustments would be the same as the Woods.

Thanks!


I have a Mott FH mower, the manual says:

"Adjust the height of the front of the Fast Hitch (the draft control) so that when
the tractor is on a flat area and the mower is down, the gearbox input shaft will
be parallel to the tractor PTO shaft."

I realize the two mowers are entirely different but the notion that the PTO shaft and the 42F input shaft should be in the same parallel plane makes sense to me.

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:57 pm

Thanks, Mike...I'll check that out. Probably this weekend.

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:01 pm

t jackson wrote:http://www.cleancomputes.com/Cub/Cub%20Implement%20Manuals/C-2%20Rotary%20Mower/C-2%20Rotary%20Mower.htm

That's it! Didn't realize it was the same mower as the belly mount, modified with the fasthitch. I will read this tonight and see if it offers more fasthitch-related instructions that would apply to the Woods. Thanks

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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby Denny Clayton » Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:34 pm

Dale, per your request, my adjustment mechanism on the threaded rod is like yours but it doesn't have the coupling nut as yours does. Your coupling nut is my lower adjustment nut. Looks like you need a longer one piece threaded rod.
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Re: My Woods 42F Fasthitch Mower DONE...well, almost !!!!

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:04 pm

Denny Clayton wrote:Dale, per your request, my adjustment mechanism on the threaded rod is like yours but it doesn't have the coupling nut as yours does. Your coupling nut is my lower adjustment nut. Looks like you need a longer one piece threaded rod.

I was told of a guy right down the street who has a portable welding machine in his truck. I think I will hunt him down. Much easier than hauling everything to the shop I use. I have an angle grinder with a cutoff disc and already bought some threaded rod.

Slowly proceeding forward... :D


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