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    Repeatable cutting height when using RC2048 with 1023E

    I didn't get good results when I mowed my 5-acre field with my new RC2048 cutter. Most of that was my fault because I didn't check the backing nut on the turnbuckle that sets the side-to-side level of the cutter. I also didn't have the front-to-back height set correctly either. Now that I know how to set both, I have another issue. My field has some holes, low spots, high spots, etc. and I frequently have to change the cutting height to get around an obstacle and I would like to be able to return the cutter the the same height each time. The 1023E doesn't have the depth stop. Do I just have to guess or does someone have a clever way of getting back to the same position every time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthomaswilson View Post
    I didn't get good results when I mowed my 5-acre field with my new RC2048 cutter. Most of that was my fault because I didn't check the backing nut on the turnbuckle that sets the side-to-side level of the cutter. I also didn't have the front-to-back height set correctly either. Now that I know how to set both, I have another issue. My field has some holes, low spots, high spots, etc. and I frequently have to change the cutting height to get around an obstacle and I would like to be able to return the cutter the the same height each time. The 1023E doesn't have the depth stop. Do I just have to guess or does someone have a clever way of getting back to the same position every time?
    Unfortunately in order to do what you want you will need a 1025r with position control.

    Others might have a few "strategies" that will get you close, but you won't ever be able to achieve the consistency of what a 1025r will do.


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    On other tractors that don't have position control I have seen people use chains to limit the amount the 3pt arms can drop thus setting the height like you need.

    Get an extra long top link pin to go in place of the pin that connects the top link to the tractor. Hook the chain to this extra long pin and then attach the other end to the lift arms.

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    That does make sense. In fact, I'm thinking about using a chain and hammock spring. That way, if I hit a big bump, or run into a hole (I'm capable of anything) it won't break the chain. Good suggestion!

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    Stared at the RC2048 until it told me how to set it up

    Sometimes you just have to let the attachment tell you what it needs. The hitch pins that go into the draft arms were in the upper mounting holes when I got it, but that
    allows you to drop the draft arms until the front of the rotary cutter hits the ground. That can't be right, so I moved them to the lower holes. Now, when the draft arms are in the lowest position, the cutter stops just short of hitting the ground. One problem solved. Next, I raised the draft arms till the tail wheel was off the ground and lowered it again until the tail wheel just touched the ground. At this point, I adjusted the center link until the bushing on the RC2048 center link is in the center of the slot. Now is a good time to check the front-to-back tilt of the cutter. If it's 1-2 inches lower in the front than the back, you're good to go. You should now raise the cutter to full height and make sure the tail wheel is a few inches off the ground and then lower it until that center link bushing is in the center of the slot again. Any time you make adjustments, you can get back to the correct height by centering that bushing in the slot. It's very precise.
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    I had the same problem last year with my 1023, now I have a 2025 so it's no longer an issue, and it doesn't take much of a hole to hang up a 1 series. I tried a set of chain limiters, they work but there were a couple things I didn't like about them. 1. they are made for an AG tractor and were almost too big and clumsy on my 1023, 2. I didn't like the top link on the tractor holding up most of the weight. Honestly though, given some time and more experience I think you'll find you can eye ball it pretty darn good, the more you use it the better you'll get with it.
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    Sounds like what you need is a finish mower...
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    I'm not familiar with the 1023e position lever set up. You could use tape as a visual indicator on the lever slot if you use thick enough you can just feel it and stop the position lever at the same spot each time.
    You can take a file and make a small notch or a zip tie.
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