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    Better rear guard for RC2048 brush hog

    Everytime the wife gets done brush hogging, the rear chain protector gets torn up. I'll grant you she needs to be more careful, and I've told her that, but the thing is made out of some pretty flimsy material. I thought I'd read about some other kind of guards for it, but can't find anything. Anyone have any links to those? Or other solutions?
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    Does the chain guard really need to be positioned so far away from the housing? ... If the blades clear, why not attach the guard directly to the housing ?
    It wouldn't snag so easily

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwizz View Post
    Does the chain guard really need to be positioned so far away from the housing? ... If the blades clear, why not attach the guard directly to the housing ?
    It wouldn't snag so easily

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    Yes. When it is bent in much, the blades will contact the chains. Probably on in reverse, but she's already shortened several of the chains because of it.
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    I just have the plate style, no chains. Haven't had any issues with it. For the price, you might consider trying it.

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    Thanks. I have one on order from my local dealer.
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    I'm glad you asked this question. I've torn mine up pretty good in the woods. I use it pretty heavy. Glad to know there is a better option out there other than the chains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jejb View Post
    Everytime the wife gets done brush hogging, the rear chain protector gets torn up. I'll grant you she needs to be more careful, and I've told her that, but the thing is made out of some pretty flimsy material. I thought I'd read about some other kind of guards for it, but can't find anything. Anyone have any links to those? Or other solutions?
    What is it exactly that she is hitting to do that damage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jd1020 View Post
    What is it exactly that she is hitting to do that damage?
    I wondered the same thing. She either caught the guard on a small stump or similar to rip it off the back of the deck like that. It would be hard to drag it on the ground and create that much damage as the rear of the mower would drag first.

    I took some video today of my rear RC2048 Frontier mower by mounting the camera right on the center lift where the 3 point center hook on the I Match attaches. A lot of debris comes out the back and I have the same chain guard set up. Granted, I was mowing thick stuff which was 7 feet tall in many places.

    The camera angle doesn't show the actual chains, but I haven't damaged any of the actual chains nor caught them in the mower. I have knocked the chain plate in towards the deck in a few places, but its easy to straighten back out with anything which can pry between the deck and guard.

    The tail wheel position doesn't seem unusual.......

    Either she is somehow dragging (the mower's tail to be clear...) or catching it on something. Looks like she has damaged both sides, with the left torn out completely and the right bent and damaged nearly to the point of being pulled off the deck.

    I have bent the plate which the chains mount to which is easy to straighten back out. But so far, I haven't damaged the rear guard nearly as much as she has achieved...I have mowed with my mower probably a total of 20 to 25 tractor hours

    Looks like the left rear bolt broke away part of the mower deck housing? Or is it just the photo angle which makes it appear that way.?

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    Just went out and took some measurements on the RC2048. It's sitting on a slab.

    With the front of the RC sitting flat on the slab the rear is 2" higher being held up by the tail wheel'

    The rear guard is 4" above the slab measured to the metal at the corner . I usually cut with the front raised about 3" . I'm on rough land , steep hills and it amazes me how much the 2025R with RC2028 can accomplish . I'm glad I saw this thread because I had no idea that the rear guard was vulnerable. I'll be paying closer attention from now on
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