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#1 Posted : Tuesday, 26 October 2021 8:13:03 PM(UTC)
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Anyone here an Aussie made Cox or Greenfield aficionado?

Looking to buy one of the chain driven types as I think these are better for sloping ground but not sure. There are so many types it’s confusing and as yet I haven’t really found a Fastlane type forum for them.

I only really want a narrow cut one like 28 or 30” as I have some tight spaces to navigate through but some of it is sloping with trees to mow around so I don’t want single wheel spinning like I used to get with my 42” cut Yard Machine (with a diff) did on slopes. So hoping someone here is a guru!
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, 26 October 2021 10:45:37 PM(UTC)
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I've had a 8.5 horsepower B&S 28" Greenfield for 20 years. It depends on whether you're looking at a new one or an old one.
The one I have is a locked rear end, so plenty of traction at the expense of a lousy turning circle. (You can get the tail out on wet grass, if that's your thing..)
It's an odd contrarotating clutch plate drive arrangement and quite a mission to change the drive belt, but I've only done it once in 20 years. Fairly bulletproof, if agricultural, as opposed to the hydraulic drive units which seem to require lengthy and expensive rests after surprisingly little use.
With a welded 3mm RHS steel tubular chassis and all metal construction, and being Australian made apart from the engine, it's a good choice. New ones are pretty pricey but the big one at one time was Kawasaki powered. Not sure what they are now, maybe a B&S Vanguard engine.
I know you like total horsepower overkill, but I can't see a big block fitting the chassis.
You can still get parts for just about every model ever made.

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#3 Posted : Wednesday, 27 October 2021 6:27:46 AM(UTC)
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Would a zero turn mower work?
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, 27 October 2021 7:35:30 AM(UTC)
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Zero turns are no good on slopes.

I was looking at buying an older Greenfield or Cox. But there are so many different types it is hard to know. The ones that look useable and are reasonably priced are called Tractor 11-30. Most seem to have 10-16hp Briggs but some have Honda or Kawasaki engines. There are also later ones called Evolution and also Fastcut. I don't care if it costs me $2500-$3000 as long as it will do the job. A cheap sh!tbox pressed steel thing would cost that new.

This one looks OK but long way away and 32" cut not 28-30:
https://www.gumtree.com....ride-on-mower/1283334717

Then there is cheaper stuff:
https://www.gumtree.com....-17-34-13-5hp/1283618548

My major concern is how good the traditional Greenfield drive is on slopes. I know they can be dangerous if the belt lets go as they will then run away, whereas a hyrostatic drive won't. However hydrostatic spells money in repairs. Like buying a used auto diesel 4x4 used for towing, ticking time bomb! Buying new I guess you look after it and are happy, but Greenfield are gone now and a new Cox hydrostatic with diff lock is like $6000 or more.

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#5 Posted : Wednesday, 27 October 2021 8:53:26 AM(UTC)
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We bought a Dixon zero turn new in 2007. It’s never missed a beat. No dramas with hydrostatic drive yet. It has a Kawasaki V Twin which has been a good thing. Our yard is pushing a couple of acres of good kikuyu lawn, so discounting drought years, it’s done a lot of work.
We used to have a Husqvarna tractor mower that was belt drive. I got sick of not being able to mow under trees properly as they put your head directly over the deck. They are bloody slow compared to a zero turn too.
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, 27 October 2021 10:04:25 AM(UTC)
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Zero turn are useless on sloping ground, that is why I want an older really low geared locked rear axle mower.
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Fair enough.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, 28 October 2021 6:07:39 PM(UTC)
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I just bought a Greenfield Fastcut 15.5hp Intec Briggs, 32” cut. Cost me $750. Needs a new seat and steering wheel, new battery plus blades and a deck belt by the looks plus filters for the engine. Probably $350 in parts. May need a few other minor parts as I put it back together but nothing is expensive on these so all good!
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#9 Posted : Friday, 29 October 2021 5:31:34 PM(UTC)
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Picked it up today. New battery, pulled the plug and sprayed some WD40 on it, pulled the air filer and blew the dust out, quick squirt of WD40 down the intake, new battery and started first go. Runs like a new one!

I ordered a new steering wheel and a new seat, $250 all up. A good look at it and it needs a new chain and sprocket ($75), new deck belt ($30) and a new tie rod on one side ($25). Will go right over it and it may need a mechanism bearing or similar here or there but it looks to be in pretty good condition. I will buy a new air filter, oil filter, oil and plug for it too. Only has 302 hours on it. Even the original tyres are only half worn. It looks like a dog has chewed the seat adjuster and the throttle plastic, and I think that is why the seat is cactus - it must have got chewed first!
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#10 Posted : Friday, 29 October 2021 8:05:41 PM(UTC)
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Good pickup!
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#11 Posted : Wednesday, 3 November 2021 4:41:42 PM(UTC)
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As per usual a few more things needed doing, but it'll still end up costing me less than $1500 finished. Also was just given another basket case mower for spare bits and pieces.

What I really need help with, is does anyone on here live anywhere near a mower wrecker? There is a part I need that farmer Joe has removed off this one and it is NLA as a new part.

One photo is the new part, the other is on a machine. It is obviously a chain tensioner.

I can buy the bearings for it (the roller is 2 x 6002DDU bearings) if I can find a used one off a wrecked mower. Only used from about 2009 onwards on Fastcut32 and Fastcut34.

There is another part that goes behind the steel frame that is just a rectangular plate with 2 bolts welded to it, the bolt ends are what the 2 nuts screw to. Undo them and there is a slot under the adjuster that allows you to screw it towards the chain to tension it.

Hoping to find a mower wrecker with one of these. Part numbers were GT22943 for the chain adjuster and GT22470 for the retainer that goes at the back of the slot.

Damn pain is they sold the last one in existence at the supplier a few days ago. An old Greenfield dealer may still have one in stock but I haven't found one yet with one.

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#12 Posted : Wednesday, 3 November 2021 10:19:51 PM(UTC)
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If you can't find one, looks like the sort of thing that you could replicate fairly easily with a bit of plate some bolts and a welder?
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#13 Posted : Thursday, 4 November 2021 5:33:23 AM(UTC)
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That’s the next step if I can’t find a used one.
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