Belly Mower

Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:26 am

In reading the recent posts I see where most of you interchange the implements regularly. My question, is there an easier way to take the belly mower off and mount it than what I recently did? It took me about an hour and a half both on and off. I ended up removing the mounting bars one at a time to get the deck back on. Please feel free to laugh while reading this, I did. I even laughed while I was doing the job, plus about 137 laps around the Cub while I was eye-balling the project. As always thanks in advance for your input, it is always good and useful., Bob Hawley :oops:

Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:17 am

Bob, you'll get a better answer if we know which type belly mower you are talking aobut. Sickle, 42 inch rotary, 59 inch rotary, or flail.

Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:25 am

Bob: Mounting the belly mower on my Cub was a very slow and difficult job when I first got them. I finally realized that I could spread the front wheels so that they would straddle the mower. No more tugging, pushing or pulling to get the mower in position beneath the tractor. Dan

Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:32 am

John, Sorry about that. The plate on the mower has the IH symbol manufactured by Danco and listed as a model C12 rotary mowerI went to a IH dealer with pictures and he looked up the C-2 rotary mower for parts. I tried Binder for a manual and got no response. I sent a picture of the nomenclature to clarify the request but received no answer from Binder. I got info from Rudi's cleancomputes on the C-2, which was very helpful. I hope this helps with my question. Thanks, Bob

Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:52 am

Hi All

I know this sounds like a dumb question but, when you widen your front end how do you widen the steering, tie rods and such ? Is there longer parts needed or I just can't see what I should be able to. THANK YOU !! Paul N.H. :oops:

Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:01 am

Dan, Thanks for the reply. I have the same question as Paul, how do I widen the front end? I thought it was as wide as I could get it. I'll check as soon as I can. I appreciate your suggestion. Bob :?

Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:32 am

Paul & Bob - If you look at the outer ends of the tie rods, you should see a clamp. If you loosen the clamp, the tie rod (inner rod) should slide out like the axle does.

Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:50 am


I see those clamps but was thinking those inner rods must be a pretty small diameter. Paul Kin N.H.

Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:09 am

Bigdog wrote:Paul & Bob - If you look at the outer ends of the tie rods, you should see a clamp. If you loosen the clamp, the tie rod (inner rod) should slide out like the axle does.

Don't forget to remove the bolt. It passes through a slot in the inner rod to hold it at the proper distance. On rare instances the rods become bent and don't slide easily. :lol:

This pair will be a bit difficult. :cry: The chalk marks indicate the end of the inner rods.


Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:16 am

Bob and Paul: A short follow-up on Bigdogs post. When you loosen the bolt on the clamp you must remove the bolt from the clamp. The bottom of the inner rod has several recessed slots and the bolt must be removed to allow the inner rod to slide to change the total length of the tie rod. When you get the correct length for the wider spacing of front wheels, replace the clamp with the bolt passing through a recessed slot. Minor adjustments for a perfect length can be made by screwing the tie rod end in or out. The inner rod may be rusted to the inside of the outer one. Lots of penetrant, some time to allow it to work, and maybe the use of a hammer will eventually allow separation to occur. Well, maybe not a short follow-up but I tried. Dan

Tue Mar 30, 2004 11:23 am

Thanks Guys, As always you come up with a ton of info. I printed the info from Rudi's cleancomputes. I don't know if I'm ready to tackle this angle. My Cub is running well and I would hate to mess it up. I jacked the wheels up to move the deck in and out, but still had to take the support bars off. Bob

Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:44 pm

I have a C-2 and I put down a some 2x4 pieces and drive over or back over

Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:52 pm

I used to have a Woods 42, and like Dogman, I laid down some 2x6s and simply drove over it.

Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:06 pm

Thanks Dogman and John. Your ideas sound like something I can handle without destroying anything. Bob

Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:20 pm

Hi Bob,

Saw your post about removing and replacing the mower deck.

I have a woods 42 on one of mine. I just drop the two pivot pins in the
back, the one connecting the lift arm, and remove the belt. I then turn the
steering wheel all the way to the left, back or most ofter, roll, the tractor up a few inches and rotate the deck 45 degrees and pull out from under the tractor. The front end is at its narrowest setting.

I just reverse the process to put back on. This takes about 10 minutes
each way.

Hope this helps you in some way.