Its' no Big deal. Nor am I denigrating the Job Oilman has done..
it's just that the Jib appears (to My Eyes) to have bit of a Whoop to the Offside..
Hayseed, you have good eyes and you are quite correct, it is bent to one side. It came with the tractor (along with a near new slasher that was way too big for it). Have kept the slasher and given the jib a paint job and it can go with it. We all know they are pretty much a waste of time but the new owner might get some use out of it.
1975 Atkinson, 180HP 6LXB Gardner, RTO910, 34000lb Rockwell on camelback
I put my twin drum hay mower on my newly restored ford dexta, (blue fergy) very scary, it got up to speed eventually then took over, could not stop, the mower drove the back end of the tractor, brakes no help, just had to let it run down. Dexta found a new financially advantageous home.
600Dodge, it depends on the size and weight of your tractor, and it's horsepower, but if you are thinking a 3 point linkage type unit then ideally you want a slasher that is at least as wide as the tractors wheel track, or for smaller tractors, a 3PL slasher that is offset to one side so that you can cut up against a fence or treeline. Anything too heavy on the 3PL of a light tractor is not ideal as it can make the steering too vague, to the point of being dangerous.
If you have a mid size+ tractor, and relatively large area to cut where it is easy to go round and round, then a small (8-10') offset trailed unit might be more suitable. At least with an offset trailed unit the tractor wheels aren't running over half of what you are trying to cut down.
For tractors that don't have a 2 stage clutch, i believe there are "over-run" clutch attachments that fit into the PTO shaft connection to stop the slasher pushing the tractor on.
You are right Wannabe, those overrun clutch do solve the problem and are not very expensive. Bare-co, Wagga Tractors and like places sell them, or you can get them through your local tractor or rural outlet. Well worth the money, even if just for the safety factor.