I was thinking the same thing, that someone took a cat 0 mower and put cat 1 pins on it. I bought it off CL cheap from a guy who had been using it on an old Kubota. The gasket on the gear box was toast and the guy didn't want want to mess with it. I'll check TS for some longer pins.I suspect your mower is a CAT 0 hitch (or close) but your quick hitch is a CAT 1. Unfortunately you'll either need to modify the hitch with some welding and fabrication, ditch the QH, or sell the mower and buy a CAT 1 mower.
Good point! Land Pride has a floating top link kit that they recommend for some applications. I've attached a file with more information.From the looks of the picture you are also going to have to modify the top link connection.
With that flat bar welded under the pin you won't be able to get the hook on the pin.
A floating top link would fix that.
Even if you mod the hitch will the drive line and gear case hold up to the high horse power and torque of a larger tractor. May be going to a lot of work to find out will be for not.
I bought it back in the spring and first thing I did was replace the gasket in the gear box because it was leaking bad. I mowed all spring, summer and fall without dripping a drop of gear oil and it worked fine. It has cat 1 pins on it so the guy I bought it from his old Kubota must have been cat 1 as well. It's an old mower made in Italy so who knows what specs they made it to.Even if you mod the hitch will the drive line and gear case hold up to the high horse power and torque of a larger tractor. May be going to a lot of work to find out will be for not.
Investment in mower is $400 total. It's an old Caroni side discharge and it's pretty easy to get parts for. The thing is definitely built like a tank. Luckily my neighbor is a welder/fabricator and a good friend of mine that lives 5 minutes away is as well. So between the two of them I won't have any problem modifying the mower hitch. The question is, now that I've fixed it up and it works great can I sell it for enough money to take the sting out of buying a new one or a used mid-mount mower. Also, this could be a great excuse with the wife to buy a box blade because I had planned on just leaving the mower on the back for weight for snowblowing but I'd love to have to have a box blade to serve the dual purpose of scraper and weight.I am guessing that it has a 40hp gearbox. I very well could be wrong, but I have never seen a smaller gearbox than 40hp on a RMFM.
Even then, if it is used as intended (mowing grass) I don't think it would hurt it.
Your point is worth considering, but if you didn't abuse it / over work it, I would imagine you could get many years of service out of it.
It is going to take a little bit of ingenuity to widen the lift points. Depending on how much :gizmo: the OP has invested in it compared to the cost of a new deck and the OP's fab skills will be a big factor.
What brand/model is the mower?