Woods 59 Belly Mower

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Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby dmelcher » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:14 am

Hi. I am brand new to the club. I have a 1948 cub with a woods belly mower and was strongly considering putting casters on it. But after reading some of the posts I may have to rethink this.

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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby Bill Hudson » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:26 am

The casters are the first thing I remove.

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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby Urbish » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:49 am

I agree with Bill that the casters cause more problems than they solve.
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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby tnestell » Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:28 pm

I have had casters on my Woods 59 since 1980. Replaced the belt once, blades once, and bushings in the caster wheels because I was not greasing them regularly. I don't have any problems with them otherwise.

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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby Bermuda Ken » Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:01 pm

Curious to know what issue(s) the casters cause.....
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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby john2189 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:37 pm

tnestell wrote:I have had casters on my Woods 59 since 1980. Replaced the belt once, blades once, and bushings in the caster wheels because I was not greasing them regularly. I don't have any problems with them otherwise.


I use the casters on my 59 too. If you’re yard has any dips it cant follow them if the chains are tight, if you have a high spot, it will scalp without the casters.
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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby john2189 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:39 pm

Bermuda Ken wrote:Curious to know what issue(s) the casters cause.....


Been mowing with a 59 woods for over 30 years at work and home, I see no issues using the casters
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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby Gary Dotson » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:25 am

Bill takes them off, I put them on! A matter of preference, I guess!

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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby k hutchins » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:12 pm

I've been using mine with casters for 25 yrs. I mow 5 acres of old hay field which is very uneven. I love the casters because l can drop my deck so my chains are slack and the deck follows the terrain very well without scalping. I also have side runners that assist with that.
The only negative on the runners that l have is when backing around to the left the casters usually turn the wrong way and the left one will bind up with the left front tire. Not a problem if you raise the deck before backing.
I agree personal preference

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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby clintmo » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:03 pm

Casters are essential for my uneven, hilly, hillside yard. I literally can not mow efficiently without them.

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Re: Woods 59 Belly Mower

Postby jsfarmall » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:19 am

Not sure of the problems caused. I use them on mine. I have a pretty smooth yard and my front end is spaced out enough they don't bind with the front tires. I have heard of several people not liking them though.
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