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Lawn mower build.

#1 Post by Pitchy » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:44 am

Ok fellers i have no idea if this is going to work but feel good about it.
It will have a Predator 6.5 motor on it.

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#2 Post by gamekeeper » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:46 am

I can't wait to see the end result, looks mighty interesting.... 8)
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#3 Post by Pitchy » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:50 am

Thanks GK, that drum is the driver, made it from a light pole took three hours grinding with the side grinder spinning in the lathe to get it round.
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#4 Post by GunnyMack » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:54 am

If it works or not its gonna be 1 of a kind- I sure hope it works!
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#5 Post by Pitchy » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:58 am

Thanks Gunny, i plan on making a two wheel dolly to ride on behind it. :)
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#6 Post by GunnyMack » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:02 pm

Who is going to be the test pilot?
Is it going to have a cup holder? Gun rack for the M1? Phone charger? :lol:
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#7 Post by Pitchy » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:04 pm

Maybe a bottle holder. :wink: :lol:
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#8 Post by Rusty » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:32 pm

When I was a kid we had a neighbor that used an old self propelled REEL mower, as they call it to mow his grass. He always said it left his yard looking better. It had a grass catcher on it too. He was one of those guys that wanted his lawn to look like a golf course. I think that's the only one I've ever seen.
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#9 Post by OldWin » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:26 pm

That's quite a project, Lenn. Can't wait to see it run.
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#10 Post by jeepnik » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:30 pm

Powered reel mower got me remembering when we got our first. I don’t remember the brand. Ut it was green. The motor sat on top and was connected to the drive wheel by a belt. One control put tension on the belt to engage the drive and the other was a throttle.

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#11 Post by Sixgun » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:53 pm

Yea! I'm with Gunny........this project has got to be the most involved of any of Pitchy's projects. And a sulky to ride behind it....I remember the old Gravely tractors from the early sixties had those sulkys.....

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#12 Post by Pitchy » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:55 pm

Thanks gents, got the handle on and throttle control.

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#13 Post by Sixgun » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:59 pm

THIS is gonna be interesting........Pitchy, make sure you have a beer holder on it....or, if you like, a rum and Coke holder---6
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#14 Post by GunnyMack » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:03 am

I think a pintel mount for the M1 should be made, never know when ya might need to blast a groundhog!
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#15 Post by Pitchy » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:01 am

Thanks the bearings should be here today so can get the drum mounted. :)
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#16 Post by Bill in Oregon » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:02 am

Really looking forward to the Youtube, Lenn! Are you going to spray the inside of the box with PAM to keep clippings from adhering?
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#17 Post by Pitchy » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:01 am

Thanks Bill, got the roller on today waiting for two sprockets tomorrow.
Engine prob. won`t be here until Monday.

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#18 Post by marlinman93 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:24 am

Handle? I figured you'd be making it a riding mower Pitchy? :)
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#19 Post by Pitchy » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:40 am

If all goes right it will be, it will pull a cart that i will ride on the handle will be for steering. :)
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#20 Post by OldWin » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:10 pm

Lookin good buddy. :D
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#21 Post by Pitchy » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:58 pm

Thanks Jay.
We got the fat man cart made today, went to the local small engine shop and dug in his scrap pile.
The sweeper might even run.

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#22 Post by Bill in Oregon » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:38 pm

Lenn, that's looking great -- and so is that big grin! Do you think she'll have enough traction?

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#23 Post by Pitchy » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:40 pm

Don`t know Bill on flat ground i`m hoping, that`s why i went with big wheels too.
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#24 Post by bikerbeans » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:09 pm

Pitchy you are a genius!

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#25 Post by Pitchy » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:32 pm

Thanks BB, we`ll see in a few days. :)
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#26 Post by gamekeeper » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:31 am

Lenn, if you want a nice stripped lawn the seat should be over another roller, the wheels however may give you more speed..wink:
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#27 Post by Pitchy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:17 am

Naw don`t need no stripes but i was wondering how they did that.
Got the motor on the lawn sweeper running, needs a throttle cable and it will be a runner.
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#28 Post by Pitchy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:20 am

All we need is the engine which looks like Monday.

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#29 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:35 am

Lenn, don't ever take for granted all the swell stuff you know! You really are blessed with mechanical and engineering aptitude. I am in awe!

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#30 Post by Pitchy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:39 am

Thanks Bill, i sure hope it works, the proper speed will be the issue but maybe i`ll get lucky. :)
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#31 Post by Sixgun » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:41 am

Pitchy....you sure don't let any grass grow under your azz.... ....I'm impressed the most with this project...you visualized it all and turned it into reality. You must keep the hardware store in business with the paint you buy......looks great bro....

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#32 Post by Pitchy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:43 am

Thanks Six. :)
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#33 Post by OldWin » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:32 pm

Looks great, Lenn!
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#34 Post by GunnyMack » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:56 pm

Still dont see a cup holder or are you waiting until the engine is mounted to check vibrations so your beer doesn't go flat from all the shaking? :lol:
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#35 Post by Marvin S » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:42 pm

Looking good. You may have to run some aerator spikes on the drive roller for traction.

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#36 Post by marlinman93 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:28 am

Can't wait to hear the report on this running. Like Bill, I'm unsure if those drive wheels will pull it without slipping and creating grooves in the lawn?
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#37 Post by Pitchy » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:59 am

Thanks gents, the drive wheel is the 8 inch dia. 12 inch long drum on the back.
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#38 Post by Grizz » Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:22 pm

Classy and Classic. Love the pic with you on board.

If ya had a spare HD45 side-valve motor sitting around, that would be a nice setup too, eh? :D

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#39 Post by Pitchy » Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:26 pm

Oh yea that would be classy.
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#40 Post by M. M. Wright » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:46 pm

I've got a spare 96" twin cam you can have to go on it. FI and air cleaner is still on it. There is a 5 speed and a nearly new primary for it too. 2010 model with 800 miles on it. Might be a mite too much power but you're sure welcome to it. Esperanza's lookin' over my shoulder and says "we gonna deliver it?" Sure is hot here. Any cooler up there?
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#41 Post by Pitchy » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:53 pm

Ron buddy your too kind and a good friend, you`ll have that engine in a bike one of these days.
Your always welcome to come for a visit but still around 80 here but cooler weather coming.
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#42 Post by Griff » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:20 pm

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I've got a spare 96" twin cam you can have to go on it. FI and air cleaner is still on it. There is a 5 speed and a nearly new primary for it too. 2010 model with 800 miles on it. Might be a mite too much power but you're sure welcome to it. Esperanza's lookin' over my shoulder and says "we gonna deliver it?" Sure is hot here. Any cooler up there?
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I've got a spare 96" twin cam you can have to go on it. FI and air cleaner is still on it. There is a 5 speed and a nearly new primary for it too. 2010 model with 800 miles on it. Might be a mite too much power but you're sure welcome to it. Esperanza's lookin' over my shoulder and says "we gonna deliver it?" Sure is hot here. Any cooler up there?
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#44 Post by Sixgun » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:53 pm

Wish that new engine would come in for Pitchy to finish up the build...my grass is growing fast and I want to keep the "miles" off of the Kubota so I need a spare.---6
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#45 Post by GunnyMack » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:55 pm

Sixgun wrote:
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Wish that new engine would come in for Pitchy to finish up the build...my grass is growing fast and I want to keep the "miles" off of the Kubota so I need a spare.---6
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#46 Post by Sixgun » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:59 pm

GunnyMack wrote:
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Wish that new engine would come in for Pitchy to finish up the build...my grass is growing fast and I want to keep the "miles" off of the Kubota so I need a spare.---6
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#47 Post by Pitchy » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:01 pm

And if i win page 100 i get the Kubota :wink:
Don`t even have it done and you guys are giving it away, i`ll have to put it under guard with the piston patrol.
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#48 Post by GunnyMack » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:57 pm

Better yet Six will TRADE you his Kubota for your self propelled reel mower and he owes you some cash! :lol:
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#49 Post by Pitchy » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:59 pm

Now your talking. :lol:

Engine will be here tomorrow sometime Fedex, 70 percent chance for rain so we`ll see what happens.
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#50 Post by M. M. Wright » Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:40 pm

I ran the numbers Pitchy and if I got it right 2000 RPM should give you just under 3 MPH which sounds about perfect to me. The only sketchy part is how much slippage the roller exhibits under power. It may need some cleats to get enough traction. Whatcha think?
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