Oct 212023

In a blog post the other day I told you that when clearing some brush at our son’s house, I whacked a stump with the blade of my Kubota tractor’s mid-mount mower and bent it. As it turns out, there are actually three blades in the mid-mount mower, and it’s best to replace all three at the same time so that everything is balanced properly. That makes sense, so yesterday I went to Tuscaloosa Tractor and picked up a set of blades. They were about $62, which turned out to be the cheapest part of the whole thing.

A 30-millimeter nut holds the blades in place, and I didn’t have a socket that big, so on the way home we stopped at Harbor Freight to get one. But as it turned out, they didn’t have a socket that big for sale individually and I had to buy a whole set of large metric sockets for $50. Since it required a 3/4 inch drive, which I also didn’t have, and there were no adapters to move up from one of the ratchets I do have, I also had to spend $22 fora new ratchet. But wait, there’s more! Rather than take the whole mid-mount mower off the tractor and then reattach it, which is a real bear to do, I needed a couple of jack stands to be able to get the tractor up high enough to swap out the blades. They were originally $50, but there was a sale going on and the clerk gave me a heck of a discount and they only cost me $28. So that cost, $100 altogether.

They were having a big sale, so while we were there, we bought some other things that were sale priced, including a bench vise, some files, and a couple other goodies. Our total bill for everything was $216. I need to either get a second job or be more careful mowing from now on. 😊

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just sit there looking at you and make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “The Blades Were The Cheapest Part”

  1. ‘right tool for the right job’ –
    belly mowers are more for golf course use –
    once, twice a week or everyday mowing and that is all they are used for!
    they hamper the clearance when using either front end loader or rear attachments-
    I recently went to a kubobo shop and they had a stack of them in the junk pile!
    the bushhog is your bestest bet!
    MISS TERRY’S RIDER is meant for that kind of finish work(those are great machines)

    (you told me years ago what to shop for as in an rv and i did. tyvm)

  2. Too funny, sounds like every one of my projects, lol

  3. Why didn’t you put the mower on your trailer and take it to the dealer to change the blades? or doesn’t it fit the trailer?

  4. Happy Birthday first and one thing that u can do with the mower is to put the bucket below to guard against the blade hitting on a stump. But the bush hog only has a shear pin when hit something like a stump

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