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#16 New.Canadian.DB.Owner OFFLINE  

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Posted July 05, 2013 - 07:08 PM



I bet nobody votes for the Wheelhorse [or any other brand] rear discharge decks!   :wallbanging:

 

 



Why do you say this?

:ditto:  I have a B165 in the shop currently that I'm dying to try out.  You can save me a lot of time & money if they don't work properly.



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Posted July 05, 2013 - 07:52 PM

I can only give an opinion on the $2,000 and under lt tractor class. Out of Husqvarna, J.D., MTD  and AYP, the absolute best cut is from...............Murray.  :wave:


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Posted July 05, 2013 - 08:10 PM

I have 4 mowing tractors, two old IH Cub Cadets, a 1990's craftsman RER, and a newish John Deere LT155.  The Deere is hands down the best cut, but the Rear Engine Rider might be very good, if I sharpen the blade. 

 

Even with sharp blades, the Cubs don't cut too well.  I am sure they would improve if they still had the curved sheet metal around the blades.  On my 72, my favorite tractor to mow with, first gear is too slow, second gear is too fast.  Also, the highest deck height is too high, the next stop down is too low.

 

I agree with everyone who said that they cut better at a short setting.  It might be made worse by my blades always being dull.  I don't sharpen them nearly enough.



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Posted July 05, 2013 - 09:44 PM

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Posted July 05, 2013 - 09:53 PM

I live in a rural development with lots that are between 2-5 acres. We have a pro lawn care homeowner that has a Walker ZTR with a bagger that does a great job. The neighbor behind me has a JD 425 with the small 48" deck. Very good cut.

Two neighbors across the road next to each other have the 300 series JD 50" deck. One is a 318, the other is a 322 with the powerflo MC 519 set up. He has the best lawn. I would put his 322 at #2. The best, imo, is a neighbor in the next section of the development. He has a Deutz 1920 with a 48" deck. That is a re-badged Simplicity Sunstar. Very deep deck, left hand discharge with striping rollers. My Homelite with the 48" RH discharge deck was right up there, but was short on power in really tall grass. My JD 212 with the 47 deck was no slouch either.

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Posted July 06, 2013 - 06:25 AM

. My Homelite with the 48" RH discharge deck was right up there, but was short on power in really tall grass.

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I'm betting nobody else in your subdivision ever has "really tall grass".


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Posted July 06, 2013 - 06:37 AM

I'm betting nobody else in your subdivision ever has "really tall grass".

 

Very few places here mow their whole yard. Most have a pond or a wooded area to the back of the property.



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Posted July 06, 2013 - 07:58 AM

I can only give an opinion on the $2,000 and under lt tractor class. Out of Husqvarna, J.D., MTD  and AYP, the absolute best cut is from...............Murray.  :wave:


I will agree with that!! I like my Lawn King rail frame very well. Which reminds me Bush Bone Yard, you asked for pictures 3 yrs ago and I still have not come through. I will try to get that done this afternoon.
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Posted July 06, 2013 - 08:03 AM

Cat back when i had the lawn care service, most of my customers wanted the clippings collected. That Walker was the dream machine i never got.

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Posted July 06, 2013 - 03:23 PM

I live in a rural development with lots that are between 2-5 acres. We have a pro lawn care homeowner that has a Walker ZTR with a bagger that does a great job.

 

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These Walker mowers really do have a top quality cut for a rotary type mower.

I used one with the 42" rear discharge bagger and we had the 62" side discharge deck that fits the GHS (grass handling system) machines.

Both decks gave a better cut when compared to any other rotary type mower of the same cut width I have ever used.

True commercial grade machines that came in gas or diesel, they even made a liquid cooled Kubota gas engine that was the quietest mower in the industry.

Of course they are pricy $$$.



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Posted July 06, 2013 - 06:16 PM

:ditto:  I have a B165 in the shop currently that I'm dying to try out.  You can save me a lot of time & money if they don't work properly.

I think its something to do with the air flow under the deck.   Side discharge has a definate upward sucking to stand the grass up with air and clippings blowing out the discharge chute.  The rear discharge is just not as efficient with its air flow and the quality of cut suffers.  I thought it was a great idea until I used one.  Now I have a really nice Wheel Horse that only pulls my sprayer and yard cart.   There are other threads on GTTalk where others refer to their experiences and problems with quality of cut from rear discharge decks.  Best of luck and as TV commercials say - "actual results may vary!"


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Posted July 07, 2013 - 10:42 AM

My Case 224 does very well. Nice deep deck doesn't plug. Cut height actually controlled by gauge wheels on the ground.




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