This image gallery contains various photos of the Farmall M with a Bush Hog Squealer (brush cutter) attached via the Saginaw 3-point Hitch. Each photo will open in a new window so you won't have to keep clicking back to this page. A thumbnail shot of each image is shown on this page.
Notes on using a Bush Hog with the Farmall M: The Bush Hog makes the tractor work harder than any other implement we have used. When going over high grass, weeds and thin brush the load is minimal and the tractor loafs along. However, running over a mass of thicker brush mixed in with snarled grape vines gives the tractor a major workout. It is best to make several passes over such a mass of brush, taking a little more each time. If this is not done, the tractor engine will likely stall. This Bush Hog has an Over Running clutch added and a slip clutch (see photos of each item at the bottom of the page). The Over Running clutch prevents momentum of the Bush Hog blade from driving the tractor forward when you push in the tractor's clutch (without this item the tractor will be moved at least its length before stopping, not a good thing if you need to stop immediately!). The slip clutch is designed to protect the drive train of the tractor should the Bush Hog strike something major (like a rock or a large stump for example). Without this, a lot of strain would be transmitted to the PTO shaft and transmission of the tractor. Also: when running a Bush Hog, pay close attention to the oil pressure and water temperature. Brush has an amazing tendency to open oil check valves. One day, it unbelievably managed to loosen and remove the radiator drain (how this happened is beyond me, the damn drain cap would have been a chore to remove with a pipe wrench!). Fortunately the problem was spotted in time to prevent an engine disaster. Finally, wear safety goggles at a minimum. The Farmall M Bush Hog combination can routinely throw debris that resembles a shredded broom handle a distance of 40 to 50 feet. Most of the stuff exits to the side and rear of the Bush Hog, but to play it safe goggles should be worn. Also, this thing can be LOUD when running over a mass of sticks! It sounds like a small war is being waged under the deck of the Bush Hog in such cases...
Off to an overgown field to cut some brush... Click Here for the full size image (opens in a new window)
The Farmall M and Bush Hog taking care of some bushes. Note the "push bar" added to the front of the tractor. This helps to push brush out of the way and protects the radiator. The bar was fabricated from channel iron by my brother. A highly recommended piece of equipment if you plan to do bush hog work in an environment where brush may stick into the radiator! Click Here for the full size image (opens in a new window)
Making another pass over a mass of Dogwood bushes. Click Here for the full size image (opens in a new window)
This is what is left of the bushes after a few passes with the Farmall M and Bush Hog Squealer! Total destruction of the overgrowth... Click Here for the full size image (opens in a new window)
A view that shows how the push bar works to knock things over and how it helps protect the front of the tractor. Click Here for the full size image (opens in a new window)
Does a nice job! The cut portion of this field was a nearly impassible jungle only hours before.... Click Here for the full size image (opens in a new window)
A view of the Over Running clutch (installs between the PTO shaft and the drive shaft of the Bush Hog). Click Here for the full size image (opens in a new window)
A view of the Slip Clutch (installs between the drive shaft and the gear box of the Bush Hog). Click Here for the full size image (opens in a new window)
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