Bush Hog 300 Series User Manual
OPERATION • MAINTENANCE
You have invested in the best implement of its type on the market today.
The care you give your Bush Hog implement will greatly determine your satisfaction
with its performance and its service life. We urge a careful study of this manual to provide you with a thorough understanding of your new implement before operating, as well as suggestions for operation and maintenance.
If your manual should become lost or destroyed, Bush Hog will be glad to provide you with a new copy. Order from Bush Hog, P. O. Box 1039, Selma, Alabama
As an authorized Bush Hog dealer, we stock genuine Bush Hog parts which are manufactured with the same precision and skill as our original equipment. Our trained service personnel are well informed on methods required to service Bush Hog equipment, and are ready and able to help you.
Should you require additional information or assistance, please contact us.
BUSH HOG DEALER
BECAUSE BUSH HOG MAINTAINS AN ONGOING
PROGRAM OF PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT, WE
RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN
DESIGN OR CHANGES IN SPECIFICATIONS WITH-
OUT INCURRING ANY OBLIGATION TO INSTALL
THEM ON UNITS PREVIOUSLY SOLD.
BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT SOME
PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS MANUAL WERE TAKEN OF
PROTOTYPE MODELS, PRODUCTION MODELS MAY
VARY IN SOME DETAIL. IN ADDITION, SOME
PHOTOGRAPHS MAY SHOW SHIELDS REMOVED
FOR PURPOSES OF CLARITY. NEVER OPERATE
THIS IMPLEMENT WITHOUT ALL SHIELDS IN PLACE.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Detaching From Tractor
Dealer Preparation Check List
RETAIL CUSTOMER’S RESPONSIBILITY
UNDER THE BUSH HOG WARRANTY
It is the Retail Customer and/or Operator’s responsibility to read the Operator’s Manual, to operate, lubricate, maintain and store the product in accordance with all instructions and safety procedures. Failure of the operator to read the Operator’s Manual is a misuse of this equipment.
It is the Retail Customer and/or Operator’s responsibility to inspect the product and to have any part(s) repaired or replaced when continued operation would cause damage or excessive wear to other parts or cause a safety hazard.
It is the Retail Customer’s responsibility to deliver the product to the authorized Bush Hog Dealer, from whom he purchased it, for service or replacement of defective parts which are covered by warranty. Repairs to be submitted for warranty consideration must be made within
It is the Retail Customer’s responsibility for any cost incurred by the Dealer for traveling to or hauling of the product for the purpose of performing a warranty obligation or inspection.
Bush Hog warrants to the original purchaser of any new Bush Hog equipment, purchased from an authorized Bush Hog dealer, that the equipment be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year for
Replacement or repair parts installed in the equipment covered by this limited warranty are warranted for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase of such part or to the expiration of the applicable new equipment warranty period, whichever occurs later. Warranted parts shall be provided at no cost to the user at an authorized Bush Hog dealer during regular working hours. Bush Hog reserves the right to inspect any equipment or parts which are claimed to have been defective in material or workmanship.
DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES & CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
Bush Hog’s obligation under this limited warranty, to the extent allowed by law, is in lieu of all warranties, implied or expressed, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE and any liability for incidental and consequential damages with respect to the sale or use of the items warranted. Such incidental and consequential damages shall include but not be limited to: transportation charges other than normal freight charges; cost of installation other than cost approved by Bush Hog; duty; taxes; charges for normal service or adjustment; loss of crops or any other loss of income; rental of substitute equipment, expenses due to loss, damage, detention or delay in the delivery of equipment or parts resulting from acts beyond the control of Bush Hog.
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL NOT APPLY:
1.To vendor items which carry their own warranties, such as engines, tires, and tubes.
2.If the unit has been subjected to misapplication, abuse, misuse, negligence, fire or other accident.
3.If parts not made or supplied by Bush Hog have been used in connection with the unit, if, in the sole judgement of Bush Hog such use affects its performance, stability or reliability.
4.If the unit has been altered or repaired outside of an authorized Bush Hog dealership in a manner which, in the sole judgement of Bush Hog, affects its performance, stability or reliability.
5.To normal maintenance service and normal replacement items such as gearbox lubricant, hydraulic fluid, worn blades, or to normal deterioration of such things as belts and exterior finish due to use or exposure.
6.To expendable or wear items such as teeth, chains, sprockets, belts, springs and any other items that in the company’s sole judgement is a wear item.
NO EMPLOYEE OR REPRESENTATIVE OF BUSH HOG IS AUTHORIZED TO CHANGE THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IN ANY WAY OR GRANT ANY OTHER WARRANTY UNLESS SUCH CHANGE IS MADE IN WRITING AND SIGNED BY BUSH HOG’S SERVICE MANAGER, POST OFFICE BOX 1039, SELMA, ALABAMA
Record the model number, serial number and date purchased. This information will be helpful to your dealer if parts or service are required.
MAKE CERTAIN THE WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD HAS BEEN FILED WITH BUSH HOG/
DATE OF RETAIL SALE
DEALER PREPARATION CHECK LIST
BEFORE DELIVERING MACHINE — The following check list should be completed. Use the Operator’s Manual as a guide.
r1. Assembly completed.
r2. All fasteners torqued to specifications given in Torque Chart.
r3. All decals in place and readable. (See decal page.)
r4. Overall condition good (i.e. paint, welds)
r5. Operators manual has been delivered to owner and he has been instructed on the safe and proper use of the implement.
THIS CHECKLIST TO REMAIN IN OWNER’S MANUAL
It is the responsibility of the dealer to complete the procedures listed above before delivery of this implement to the customer.
IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
This symbol is used to call attention to safety precautions that should be followed by the operator to avoid accidents. When you see this symbol, carefully read the message that follows and heed its advice. Failure to comply with safety precautions could result in serious bodily injury.
In addition to the design and configuration of equipment, hazard control and accident prevention are dependent upon the awareness, concern, prudence and proper training of personnel in the operation, transport, maintenance and storage of equipment. Lack of attention to safety can result in accident, personal injury, reduction of efficiency and worst of
1.Read the Operator’s Manual. Failure to read the Operator’s Manual is considered a misuse of this equipment.
2.Become familiar with all the machine’s controls and all the caution, warning and danger decals affixed to the machine before attempting to start or operate.
3.Before starting or operating the machine, make a walk around inspection and check for obvious defects such as loose mounting bolts and damaged components. Correct any deficiency before starting.
4.Do not allow children to operate the implement. Do not allow adults to operate it without proper instruction.
5.Do not carry passengers.
6.Keep the area of operation clear of all persons, particularly small children and pets. The operator should cease operation whenever anyone comes within the area.
7.Lower implement to ground, stop tractor engine and apply parking brake before leaving the tractor.
8.Keep hands and feet away from implement.
9.Wear personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, protection for eyes, ears, feet, hands and head when operating or repairing the equipment. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry that may catch on equipment moving parts.
10.When performing adjustments or maintenance on the implement, first lower it to the ground or block it securely at a workable height.
11.Never stand between tractor and implement while tractor is being backed to the hitch.
12.Reduce speed when transporting implement to avoid bouncing and momentary loss of steering.
13.Use tractor flashing warning lights, day or night, when transporting implement on road or highways unless prohibited by law.
14.It is recommended that tractor be equipped with Rollover Protective System (ROPS) and seat belt be used in all implement operations.
IMPORTANT FEDERAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS* CONCERNING
EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND OPERATIONS.
*(This section is intended to explain in broad terms the concept and effect of the following federal laws and regulations. It is not intended as a legal interpretation of the laws and should not be considered as such).
U.S. Public Law
This Act Seeks:
“...to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources...”
Sec. 5 (a) Each employer—
(1)shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;
(2)shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
(b)Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.
Current OSHA regulations state in part: “At the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter, the employer shall instruct every employee in the safe operation and servicing of all equipment with which the employee is, or will be involved.” These will include (but are not limited to) instructions to:
Keep all guards in place when the machine is in operation;
Permit no riders on equipment;
Stop engine, disconnect the power source, and wait for all machine movement to stop before servicing, adjusting, cleaning or unclogging the equipment, except where the machine must be running to be properly serviced or maintained, in which case the employer shall instruct employees as to all steps and procedures which are necessary to safely service or maintain the equipment.
Make sure everyone is clear of machinery before starting the engine, engaging power, or operating the machine.
EMPLOYEE TRACTOR OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS:
1.Securely fasten your seat belt if the tractor has a ROPS.
2.Where possible, avoid operating the tractor near ditches, embankments, and holes.
3.Reduce speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on rough, slick, or muddy surfaces.
4.Stay off slopes too steep for safe operation.
5.Watch where you are going, especially at row ends, on roads, and around trees.
6.Do not permit others to ride.
7.Operate the tractor smoothly - no jerky turns, starts, or stops.
8.Hitch only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by tractor manufacturers.
9.When tractor is stopped, set brakes securely and use park lock if available.
Child Labor Under 16 Years Old
Some regulations specify that no one under the age of 16 may operate power machinery. It is your responsibility to know what these regulations are in your own area or situation. (Refer to U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment Standard Administration, Wage & Home Division, Child Labor Bulletin #102.)
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Greasable Shaft Sleeve
Lower Lift Point
DURING IMPLEMENT ADJUSTMENT
KEEP BODY, HANDS AND FEET CLEAR OF SPOONS OR FRAME.
ATTACHMENT (Lift Type)
The implement should be placed on level ground.
Place the tractor rockshaft control in “position control”
Back the tractor until the ends of the lift arms can be attached to the lift points on the implement. Secure the lift arms to the mast. (Figure 1)
Attach the center link to the top of the mast and adjust so that the frame will be level in the operating position. Remove parking stand and store in the upside down position.
DETACHING FROM TRACTOR
Pin parking stand into position and lower the implement to the ground with rockshaft control in position control. Remove top link from mast, disconnect hitch arms from bottom pins and pull tractor away from implement.
Optional Slicing Knives
Lift Type Plugger
Knives should be assembled to outsides of hub plates, on alternating sides.
Pull Type Plugger
Grease Before Each Use
Level the implement from side to side and front to rear using adjustments on the tractor’s
DURING IMPLEMENT ADJUSTMENT KEEP BODY, HANDS AND FEET CLEAR OF SPOONS OR OTHER PARTS.
Weight may be added to the plugger frame to aid in penetrating hard soil. Concrete blocks, water jugs or other types of weight may be used as long as nothing extends through the frame and interferes with the rotation of the spoons. Penetration should be approximately one to
By removing core plugs from the soil, lawns are better able to breath and hold moisture. Compacted soil and thatch are relieved, allowing air and fertilizer to reach roots.
Optional slicing knives are available to replace spoons on the mounting plates. Four knives per hub are used to cut grass runners which causes new growth and thicker lawns. Install as shown. (Figure 4)
Care should be exercised during use of the plugger to prevent hanging the spoons on immovable objects or otherwise use the implement under conditions beyond its designed capacity.
WHEN EQUIPMENT IS TRANSPORTED, USE NECESSARY DEVICES REQUIRED BY LOCAL REGULATIONS FOR ADEQUATE WARNING TO OPERATORS OF OTHER VEHICLES.
LUBRICATION - Apply NLGI Grade 2
Tighten all other fasteners to specifications given in torque chart.
LOWER THE IMPLEMENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND SECURELY SUPPORT BEFORE MAKING ANY ADJUSTMENT.
Inspect your implement periodically and replace any worn or broken parts in order to have it ready for use when needed.
When spoons become worn, replace one at a time to ensure proper location and assembly.
Store the implement out of the weather when it is not in use. This helps prevent rusting of the spoons and other components.
To promote safe operation, Bush Hog supplies safety decals on all products manufactured. Because damages can occur to safety decals either through shipment, use or reconditioning, Bush Hog will, upon request, provide safety decals for any of our products in the field at no charge. Contact your authorized Bush Hog dealer for more information.