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Matt    Posted 01-21-2020 at 23:39:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Dearborn 14-15 sickle mower compatibility
  • I was hoping to get some help in knowing if the dearborn 14-15 sickle mower would hook up to a newer kioti 2510 tractor. I know it was designed for 8/9n tractors but found conflicting information on if it would hook up. I have read that it should hook up to any 3pt attachment???

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-25-2020 at 09:55:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • HiYa Matt-
    I, too, cannot answer your question about fitting a Dearborn Mower on your KIOTI tractor. Determine what Category your KIOTI is. I do know that I once tried to hitch up a Land Pride Finish Mower to my 8N and it wouldn't fit. The 8N lift arms would not spread apart far enough to allow the mower lower pins to be installed in the ball sockets to the lift arms. The mower had been used on my buddy's M-F 1010 Compact Tractor. here is the OEM A&O manual to see how the mower is assembled to the 8N. NOTE you need to use the Stabilizer Left & Right Brackets with only the LH bar being used and mower arm connects to the RH bracket ball socket. The manual says it fastens 'quickly' but everything I've ever heard and read on it says it takes two guys and is a time consuming process. Not sure where you read that, but '...should hook up to any 3-pt attachment...' sounds like somebody's opinion, not any hard data fact. I agree with Ultradog - don't bother. Can you get away with using a Brush Hog? You can also ask your KIOTI dealer about it and what he suggests if you want a side mower. My experience with the local KIOTI dealer around here has been they don't offer much tech support let alone good advice. If you are ambitious, maybe you can attempt the project yourself. The first thing I would do before you get too involved is measure the distance between the lower lift arm pin ball socket centers and the rear link pins and the stabilizer bar hole spread to determine if they will fit. Then determine if the bar brackets can be mounted.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-26-2020 at 21:35:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I've never had any help but they certainly are not fun to install or remove. I used a come-a-long on installation last time. Easier than a pry bar.

    carl nny    Posted 01-26-2020 at 10:51:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Just a thought on your mower hook-up to the 8n. I don't know your situation but sometimes the lift pin can be moved to the inside and make it narrower. Like I said, not sure on that particular piece of equipment..

    Ultradog MN    Posted 01-22-2020 at 07:50:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I don't know anything about the Kioti so can't say with any authority. I will bet that mower would take quite a bit of jerry rigging to make it fit.
    To begin with you would need fender mounts similar to a Ford on your axle as there is a special bracket that has to bolt on there for the mower breakaway. Next you would need to contrive a special top link rocker bracket.
    You would also need to lengthen the lift links, aka 'dog bones' between the upper and lower lift arms that were required to put that mower on a ford.
    Then there is the issue of differences in the geometry of the 3 point on the two tractors.
    Examples: distance in height between lower lift pins and the top rocker, length of the lower lift arms and relative fore/aft locations of lower lift pins vs fender mounts vs top rocker.
    I know those dinensions are different between say, an N or NAA and a Ford 3000. From experience, I know the Dearborn/Danuser post hole digger and the Dearborn/Danuser 19-16 back blade fit an 8N perfectly but did not fit a 3000 correctly. And the Dearborn cordwood saw would not fold up into the transport position properly on a 3000. I don't know but would bet a 3000 is much closer to an N than a Kioti is.
    Then of course you have the issue of that mower being a pia to put on even the tractors they were built for.
    They say with a torch and welder anything is possible. I have a torch and welder and good fabrication skills to go with them. But I would not take on that project. Nope, uh uh. It's not even close to being worth it in my book.

    Matt    Posted 01-23-2020 at 16:12:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thank you for the detailed information. It sounds like this is well beyond my skill level. I appreciate the information in response to my question.

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