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Ductape

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Yesterday I picked up a used 5' rotary cutter that was on CL. Made by Modern Ag. Products in Beaumont, Texas. Part of their 'Sunshine Line', which I'd guess is their lighter duty units. I was somewhat surprised that they are still making rotary cutters when I googled them when I got it back home ( Dragon Products ).
 

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The previous owner told me it was sitting in the yard when he bought the house 3 1/2 years ago, and he'd never used it since he didn't own a tractor. The driveshaft was rusted so that it didn't telescope, it needs a little welding, and how about that 'shear bolt' for driveline protection ! :eek:
 

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The previous owner told me it was sitting in the yard when he bought the house 3 1/2 years ago, and he'd never used it since he didn't own a tractor. The driveshaft was rusted so that it didn't telescope, it needs a little welding, and how about that 'shear bolt' for driveline protection ! :eek:

A little TLC and that RC will be as good as new!

I think all rotary cutters need a little beefing up in the area where that is cut.. A rotary cutter leads a tough life.. It's amazing they stand up as well as they do!

At least your gearbox is well protected! LOL
 
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I spent the afternoon fixing a few of the problems. Lotsa jizz-bang and a little work with a hammer got the PTO shaft seperated. Sanded the rust and greased it up like a proctologist. Replaced the square headed 'shear bolt' with a stainless bolt till I can get a slip clutch on it. Checked the gearbox..... filled with grease, as I sort of expected.Changed one of the zerks and greased up the u-joints. Hooked it up to the tractor and checked the PTO shaft for length.... it was good. Then I tried it out and I gotta say it worked well :) !! I love Craigslist ! :D
 

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I think all rotary cutters need a little beefing up in the area where that is cut.. A rotary cutter leads a tough life.. It's amazing they stand up as well as they do!

It looks like I can hammer it somewhat straight and weld the tears up. If not, I'll cut out that section and weld some steel in.
 
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So what did it cost you ?


Well......... I'll just say it probably cost me more in fuel to drive the hour and twenty minutes each way to get it. :D:D
 
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No one will be acusing me of being a metalworker antime soon....... but I did stitch up the cracks and tears this afternoon. :cool:
 

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Looks good!

That's not an easy repair! Once metal is torn like that, it stretches, making it nigh on impossible to make a flawless repair..

Ya' done good!

Are you going to paint it??
 
 
 
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