Mutant Mower – Welker Farms Inc

October 3, 2019

what’s up guys so today let’s talk about
that swather I like to call it the mutant mower you guys asked earlier in
the Instagram Facebook post even YouTube when I put up a picture that a weird
deck Moore’s walk that we had if I could make a video on it so today it’s too
windy to spray and I just feel like I’m should just keep working so I went ahead
and sharpen the blades on her so let’s go take a look I’ll show you what it is
and I’m gonna take it for a spin show you some video of it and then you
guys can go make your own how does some cheap old swathers so let’s take a look
so I’m not sure the year on it I believe it’s a nineteen sixty something I don’t
know I don’t think it’s 50s that’s a little too old somewhere in the 60s and
it’s a Ren re NN I think a lot of the older guys know these machines they
swapped a lot of acres over the years I don’t remember what size header that
this originally had on it we took it off we’ve already cut the header up and
using the further stuff we quit swath and years ago and we didn’t have horses
anymore we had a few horses back in the day so we’d use a swather to knock some
hay down and then Bale it we have used the swather in the past there’s old
pictures of my grandma and swapping the wheat down because we had a pickup
header for one of our John Deere 77 hundreds so there was a time when we did
do a little swapping cutting the crop down and then using pickup headers later
but we’ve kind of gone away from that so this swather really just sat there for a
lot of years didn’t really have a whole lot of use it runs really good for how
old it is at one point in time we had taken this all off and we put a big old
hydraulic pump on the front of this output shaft here that comes off the
engine just straight drive right off there’s a drive line back under here you
can see right there and that runs out the front and we use this to run that
green bin set up that we have but it wasn’t powerful enough we needed more
horsepower so we ended up using an old Chrysler 318 v8 to power it so then
again this thing sat didn’t have a purpose and it runs really good so at
one point in time I’m not sure when or how but they my dad and brother picked
up a 5-foot deck more look is like a Keane
cutters out that’s called King cutter and that was brand new it’s amazing the
dents and size when he hit rocks just pulverize it and they went ahead and
flipped it around put the wheel that was originally on the front up there welded
on the back because normally your tractor would be right here on your PTO
Drive running that so they flipped everything around and then built just
some rough brackets here I don’t know this was ever supposed to be permanent
or if it was kind of temporary you can put some chains on the back here to
support it so can kind of flex up and down a little bit of tilts then we ran
just got a drive line it’s just a standard drive line and originally the
power was right here there was a three belt system that was powered up here and
you had your lever to engage your header your base like a separator lever almost
on a combine and it would tighten up they’d push this pulley this big player
here and it’d push it over and tighten all the belts up well it was all wore
out over the years it was a three belt system whose cast iron the cast was
chipping and breaking so we’ve modified it and modified and modified it and I
finally got tired of it it just the belts kept coming off it just was not
running right so that’s when I put those pictures up as I went over and i stoled
some parts off our graveyard of combines over there those old 7,700 lift this up
here so you guys can see the system from the swathers pretty neat uses these
belts and as you turn the steering wheel the belts tighten and loosen and applies
hydraulic little turns hydraulic motors in separately which then puts power to
the wheels it’s kind of a weird setup it’s funny cuz this thing will just do
donuts by itself if you’re not holding steering wheel but it’s basically that
zero radius mower I mean it’s the same concept as a zero radius mower that
you’d have at a golf course most professional mowers we have the old
Springs on here too and one of the old hydraulic cylinders just hang in there
we have never took it off but you can see was kind of makeshift so but I found
this this was a it’s got bearings on each side it was originally a pulley
here and a pulley over here and it was on part of a clean grain elevator I
believe I’m a 7700 and it looks strong and sturdy to me the dual bearing there
and then I wanted the old belts were really narrow they’re these really fine
thin belts they kept and popping off they just couldn’t take
torque of this this deck more so I wanted to convert it to a one belt
system and these belts this belt was in really good condition on those combines
and it was a little big but I was like if I can somehow find a way to fit this
in here it’s worth it so I took a bunch of more pulleys off there’s an idler
pulley here’s another one and then this guy right here I had to make this pulley
was off the combine it was buried back behind a bunch of bigger ones on one of
the main drive system on 7,700 and it was just basically the problem I was
running into is Mike my ratios were way off the old pulley was a 13 inch on the
end over there that PTO end and one off the output shaft here was only like a
seven or six inch so it was like two times the speed ratio so if your engines
around in 2000 rpm you were turning the PTO what a thousand K well defined the
pulleys that got close to that I it was tough I just couldn’t on the combine and
I just searched everywhere and this was the largest pulley in this size I could
find it’s like a 12-inch I think and then this one back here is a six and a
half just barely above six so what end up happened I’ve got two here as you can
see I don’t use this one though it’s if I use that when it would spin it really
fast but it basically has increased my speed a little bit to the deck more not
a lot which actually a little more speed is kind of nice because it cuts a little
better but uh so what I’ve got here is when you pull this lever right here this
engages your uh your drive and climb up here so if I put this I cut some notches
for it to latch into and you push it up I got nice and tight here let me get up
here more ii usually do this one in here we go so I pushed it up latched it
not easy I was just want to get this thing going
our grass was kind of growing out of control what it does is it throws this
lever down and there’s like a cam here or I guess you know a camera
pivoting lever whatever you want to call it and it pushes as you pull that it
lifts us up I guess that it backward the first time it lifts this up which pushes
this down which I built this bracket here that’s another piece off comma and
welded it to the square tubing we put on here and this arm here then shoves down
which then tightens your belt up and it’s pretty snug so I had to put this
idler pulley here to give it tighter around the drive pulley because it was
slipping a little on it but now it runs really nice it was a little bit of a
process getting everything lined up right we don’t have any guards on it I
need to make a guard there was never a guard here originally there was a header
right here that covered all this so we do have a PTO guard that needs tuck down
all the way but it still turns it even with it disengage really slow but that
way you can at least start the engine without having that that extra
resistance on the starter when you’re starting it and then you’re ready you
can engage it it’s a six cylinder I believe this is a Chrysler engine I
don’t know what cubic inches this is white it’s tagged on here I’ll see we
got it looks like industrial products division Marysville Michigan and a bunch
of serial numbers so it is a HB two to five so it must be 225 cubic inch engine
I’m guessing inline six I’m sure these were using some automotive vehicles this
is an industrial version of it but I want to say it’s a Chrysler I’m pretty
sure it’s a Chrysler engine or a Dodge in it it just purged right along for the
hydraulic cooler back here radiator the carburetor is pretty rudimentary just
real bare bones basic and automotive starter so just real basic system but
overall this runs really nice so let’s uh let’s go take it for a spin
cut some grass you guys can see if you want to make one of these yourself so
it’s pretty cheap considering buying a Miller
that size and it does knock the grass down pretty good so let’s go do it these
are the old foot levers to run your reel up and down in your header up and down
we don’t use that that’s nothing parking brake don’t use that this is my
forward and reverse I push it forward goes forward I pull it back goes back a
little choke lever here for your carb and then my throttle pretty simple and I
think this is lights right here hazard lights we don’t use that at all
obviously I used the car lift here and I lifted the front of this deck up so I
get underneath and sharpen the blades with a saw earlier so that’s why I’m
parked right here so let’s go ahead and fire up we are worth the steering wheel back and
forth as you see
what I do is like kind of just zigzag it back and forth to go out and
go forward and operated okay so
now I’m gonna go ahead and gauge the main lover here so I would that strombel
the back it’s it’s pitiful off a straddle really isn’t real fast
there’s stuff to take a lot of power run so I don’t know what rpm is spinning air
right now

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