Purchase a new John Deere 3038E for my 16 acre property.
Many questions … Wheel spacers (mountainous property), best cultivator value, best rotary mower value … and just general knowledge.
Some things to keep in mind with 3ph rough cut rear Mowers.
1. 1. They tend to have moisture / water in gearboxes, often ventilation is the source. Whether new or used, be sure to carefully check the gearbox fluid for any signs of milky fluid, which would indicate water or moisture. If you encounter such a problem, do what you can to remedy the situation, which is often due to the implement being stored outside.
Whether you have to make a gearbox cover out of old plastic buckets or some other solution, you’ll want to prevent moisture from getting into the gearbox. FYI, some moisture is created when the case heats up during use and then cools down. Regardless of whether it is new or used or brand, keep an eye on the gearbox fluid and prepare to change it.
2. Many gearboxes do not have a drain plug and require the fluid to be “drawn out”, as turning the mower over to drain the oil from the gearbox is not a practical or safe solution for many. There are a number of extraction tools, just keep in mind that the higher the viscosity of the fluid, the larger the extraction tube or hose required. Here’s one that I use and it works fine.
3. Many people abuse their “brush cutters” and run over trees and other objects that are larger than the manufacturer intended. So be careful when considering any used clipper that hasn’t been hit hard or misused.
4. Make sure the slip clutch is working as you will probably need it to protect the tractor PTO driveline. If the mower has a shear bolt (s) in place, make sure the shear bolts are correct and not just a bolt that someone drove into the machine because it fitted in. Slip clutches and shear bolts provide critical protection of the PTO system of tractors.
5. Verify that the machine is compatible with IMatch or Quick Hitch if you are using one of these on your tractor, which most of us would highly recommend.
6. As for “brands”, there is no specific brand of mower you want to avoid, but use your judgment and consider how they are built and compare them to others you have seen. I would steer clear of any brand made in China just because of the common issues with steel quality, build quality, and parts availability. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of Chinese-made rear-cut mowers, which is a good thing.
There are some high-quality rear mowers made by new implement companies that may not be known to you, so carefully consider any mower that is suitable for the size of the tractor. There are many new implement companies that do a great job with their product offerings and at reasonable prices.
Be careful with very old rear mowers, as some have strange hooks or connection points, which could have been specific to a unique machine configuration. Others may have severe PTO shaft offset or gearbox placement that probably won’t work on your tractor, so keep that in mind. Just measure your 3ph and make sure older mowers have the same dimensions for easy connection to your new tractor.
7. Last but not least, be sure to cut the PTO shaft to the correct length, including when the mower is fully raised or when the mower is used through a ditch, etc., which can cause it to break.lift and pivot toward the rear of the tractor.I suggest you measure and check the length of the propshaft yourself and don’t take someone else’s word that it’s “all set.”A sticking propshaft can cause significant damage to the tractor’s PTO driveline, mower gearbox, or all of the above.