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Mower Hookup

     If ALL you have is what is shown in the big picture above, and you do NOT have what's in the "inset" at the lower left, then you may have to do some improvising. Even if you HAVE the "Quik-Tatch" hitch that is shown in the inset, it would be a good idea to check the clearances and heights as directed in the following instructions taken from the owner's manual "OM-H10-(1-56)":


"This Power Driven Mower may be attached to practically any make of tractor. Illustrations in the owner's manual show hookup equipment for several of the more common tractors. To attach it to tractors for which 'cut-to-fit' hookup equipment is not furnished, set mower on standards and in position behind tractor, giving careful attention to the following location points:

"1. Cutter Bar Clearance: There should be approximately 6-1/2 inches lateral clearance between Outer Edge of right-hand Tractor Wheel and Inner Shoe Plate at 'A', above.

"2. Tractor Wheel Clearance. On tractors with lug wheels there should be not less than 10 inches horizontal clearance between wheel face and cutter bar yoke 'B', above, the nearest point. For tractors equipped with pneumatic tires, a clearance of 7 inches is sufficient.

"3. Lever Clearance: Try levers to be sure there is 2 inches clearance between levers and wheel lugs with levers in closest setting.

"When mower is set in position instructed above, block up cross bar of mower to a height of 14-3/4 inches to 16-3/4 inches measured from underside of crossbar on mower to ground, see 'C', below. Do not make any connecting parts until mower has been located as instructed. This is important.

"IMPORTANT: It is essential that the mower be set in the correct location point and blocked up to the correct height as directed above. This height gives the maximum amount of float and lifting range to the cutter bar. Our 'cut-to-fit' extension drawbars are designed to maintain this height as closely as the design of tractor drawbar and take-off shaft will permit.

"In some cases, when using oversized pneumatic tires on the tractor, it may be necessary to provide spacers or to extend extension drawbar in order to maintain this height.

"A number of the tractors have an adjustment for lowering the tractor drawbar. Where extension drawbar bolts directly to the tractor drawbar, this may be sufficient.

"Extension Drawbar......
The mower can be equipped with the Plain Hinge Bar or the Quik- Tatch Hinge Bar depending on which type the operator prefers. If the hinged bar cannot be attached directly to the tractor drawbar without disturbing the location and height points, 'A' through 'E', it will be necessary to construct an extension drawbar. This is nothing more than a connecting bar of some kind to bridge the gap 'E', between hinged bar of mower and tractor drawbar. On some wide tread tractors with end of take-off shaft setting far ahead of tractor drawbar, the extension to be made will be forward, but in most cases it will set to the rear of tractor drawbar. Extension drawbar must be made of at least 5/8-inch by 3-inch bar steel with sufficient offset up or down to give proper height, 14-3/4 inches to 16-3/4 inches measured from underside of cross bar on mower to ground. See 'C', below."

Height measurements

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