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K.LaRue-VA    Posted 04-20-2020 at 07:37:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Lesson Learned
  • My cutter was old and decrepit when I got it. I turned it up on it's side, balanced the blades, cut the rest of the rotten stump jumper plate off, and replaced the bolts holding the transmission to the housing. It has run Like a new one for 10 years. I just have to make sure I don't drive directly over a stump. My habit has been to yank the PTO lever when I was done cutting and drive back to the barn. A couple weeks ago a cutter blade hung a root coming up the trail. I didn't think much of it until I went to use it this weekend and it only made about 1/4 turn and locked up. One blade was stuck down in the dirt.

    I ordered a new stump jumper and blades for a little over $200, so at least this lesson wasn't as expensive as some have been. From now on, leave the blades spinning until I'm outta the woods.
    KL

    John in Mich    Posted 04-20-2020 at 09:34:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If it bent one way it should bend back.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 04-20-2020 at 18:31:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Since those blade bolts wouldn't move 10 years ago, I'd have to saw them to get the bent pieces on the shop press. I thought about it then checked prices and decided this was a case where it made a lot more sense to buy new parts rather than trying to straighten this. The new blades are also 4" x 1/2" rather than 3" x 1/2" and I really did want to replace the stump jumper.

    Mike W. Catlett Va    Posted 04-20-2020 at 19:08:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Any of these spinning or rotating things are always best replaced if bent. I've seen pieces coming out from under a discbine when a disc fractured, and they move too fast to track with the eye. Could take a leg off.
    If I'm getting out of the tractor, the PTO is going off first.
    Some things my Scottish frugality forces me to straighten or weld, but I agree with your replacing the blades, bolts, etc.

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