OPERATOR GETS GRANDSTAND VIEW OF MOWER PLUS ADVANTAGES OF SHORT WHEELBASE.
There are many fences to trim at the Solchenberger farm in Cazenovia, Wisconsin. “When we used the sickle mower with our tractor, there was a lot of turning around in the seat and also clutching around the fence posts,” says Gerard Solchenberger. “One day a coworker asked if it wouldn’t be easier to use a skid steer with hydrostatic transmission.”
Solchenberger had some of the components already but purchased the 8-foot-long hoses and a universal attachment plate. The project also required a hydraulic pump because it’s run with the auxiliary hydraulic from the skid steer. His total cost: $485.
“I never checked, but I had a pretty good idea I wouldn’t get a commercial version for under $500,” he laughs. Besides, he enjoyed the challenge of the project, he says.
Solchenberger recalls the most time-consuming part was measuring to make sure the sickle’s breakaway feature would still work.
“I like seeing what I’m cutting out in front of me,” he says.
Spacing accommodates the safety breakaway feature. A skid steer goes more places where tractors can’t. $485