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#16 Bolens800uk ONLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2015 - 01:50 AM

I doubt if I can get a front reel mower for my RAM in the UK , let alone a triple gang mower either. Very lucky and look forward to seeing them in action. A fantastic find.
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Posted March 23, 2015 - 08:34 AM

Some people have the 'nose' to 'smell' out those kind of deals.  Real nice set up your have there Nate.  Wonder how those would work to clear you drive from the snow, or mow the rocks you guys have up there.  Take care and keep digging for those finds!


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Posted March 23, 2015 - 01:47 PM

For the RAM??? What is that?   What is attraction of the reel mowers?  I've heard only good if you keep lawns real short, and also not good on rough and rolling lawns. Plus, seems much more work to set one up and keep sharp!  To me seems like out-dated technowledgy (sic).  Guess you have to be a Bolen's collector and like the old stuff then, huh!

 

Golf courses couldn't be all wrong...  They have been using them forever... My lawn isn't that smooth, so I don't need one...Plus, the rollers help smooth things out abit...And think of how many blades that are actually cutting...Sticks and stones do not  play well with them either... so stay away from the gravel drives...

 

I Still like them.......Nice score Nato...


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Posted March 23, 2015 - 03:16 PM

As a professional gardener here in the UK, the cylinder mower, or the reel mower as you guys know them as, should be used to cut the lawn at least twice a week. The more blades thee are, the finer the cutting finishing will be. As a rule of thumb, an inch of grass is a tad too tall to cut with a cylinder mower.

I would love to have a front mounted reel mower on my RAM.
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Posted March 27, 2015 - 06:46 AM

I have a reel for my 900.  The reel needs restoration but it will be a nice small project in a year or so.

 

The true difference between a "reel" mower and a "rotary" (deck type), mower is the quality of cut.  The comment about Golf Courses is spot on.  The rotary mower, no matter how sharp the blades are, the blade essentially whips the grass off.  When I was kid I had the same discussion with my grandpa about these very differences.  His comment was "you can cut grass with a broom handle if you can swing it fast enough".  If you get right down and look at freshly mown lawn that was cut with a rotary mower the cut ends of the blades of grass will have a slightly jagged edge to them.  These jagged edges turn slightly brown after a day or two, which changes the overall tint from green to slightly brown. 

 

The reel mower on the other hand actually does "cut" the blades of grass.  If you examine the freshly cut blade of grass after mowing with a reel mower you will find the cut ends are perfectly flat.  This is achieved by the sharp blades of the reel drawing the blades of grass to the base of the mower and trapping them against the mower plate at the bottom of the mower.  This leaves the lawn with an overall greener look until the next "cutting" which is more aesthetically pleasing and gives the impression of a healthier looking lawn.  Thus the reason the Golf Courses use them.  When mowing with a reel mower, more frequent cuttings are necessary due to the limitations of the reel.  However since the cut edges of the grass are not jagged as in rotary mowing they do not loose near the moisture and can be cut shorter and the lawn greener using less water.

 

The disadvantages are reels are typically narrower due to the power required and it takes longer to get the job done.  If you try and cut with a reel two fast or through grass that it too tall (more than about 4 to 5 inches) or that is too thick, a traction drive "gang" reel mower will simply be dragged around, a push type will wear you out and a PTO driven unit will continually clog.

 

NEVER try to un clog a reel (or rotary type) mower that is engaged.  The best and safest practices for any power equipment is to disengage the PTO and STOP the engine before attempting to clear clogs or determine malfunctions.  The plethora of safety devices on modern power equipment are the direct result of a population of people who cannot use common sense and good judgment and then blame everything from the manufacturer to their neighbors cat for why they did something stupid.

 

That's my dissertation!


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Posted March 27, 2015 - 07:44 AM

 

The disadvantages are reels are typically narrower due to the power required and it takes longer to get the job done. 

 

I respectfully disagree!

 

Locke reel mowers would cut a 75" swath, and provide traction drive, with a (1930's B&S model K) 3hp engine.  .....By the 1970's they were using 9hp B&S engines due to changes in engine progression, not because more power was needed.

 

Early 20"-21" reel mowers were often powered by 1/2hp to 1-1/2hp engines.

 

It is my opinion that rotary mowers require more power than a reel mower.


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Posted March 27, 2015 - 08:39 AM

Bruce, I believe we have agreement on some of the power requirements for reels. I guess I would better articulate to say that I think to cut the same swath at the same ground speed as a rotary would require more power.Of course I still could be wrong. I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.

I respectfully disagree!
 
Locke reel mowers would cut a 75" swath, and provide traction drive, with a (1930's B&S model K) 3hp engine.  .....By the 1970's they were using 9hp B&S engines due to changes in engine progression, not because more power was needed.
 
Early 20"-21" reel mowers were often powered by 1/2hp to 1-1/2hp engines.
 
It is my opinion that rotary mowers require more power than a reel mower.


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Posted March 29, 2015 - 05:15 AM

That's really cool Nate! You are extremely lucky. I'd love to find the side reel mowers for one of my Ride a Matic but likely will never happen .
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Posted March 29, 2015 - 09:16 AM

I would have to agree with Bruce, that a reel mower takes considerably less power to operate compared to a rotary deck. Reels are simple and often are direct chain drive with two bearings, rotary decks often have multiple bearings, sheaves which takes a good amount of power to turn them, for example if you had your eyes closed and engaged the PTO on my EK10 with rotary deck you would hear the engine drop a bit, compared to the reel where you cant even tell you powered it up.

 

My 0.02 :D


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Posted March 29, 2015 - 01:33 PM

I respectfully disagree!
 
Locke reel mowers would cut a 75" swath, and provide traction drive, with a (1930's B&S model K) 3hp engine.  .....By the 1970's they were using 9hp B&S engines due to changes in engine progression, not because more power was needed.
 
Early 20"-21" reel mowers were often powered by 1/2hp to 1-1/2hp engines.
 
It is my opinion that rotary mowers require more power than a reel mower.

Ryan's National cuts a 7' swath and propels itself and the driver. All with a 9 hp Wisconsin.

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Posted March 29, 2015 - 02:59 PM

I would love to find one myself!
Been looking 2 years now.

I got one on my ram there just hard to find

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Posted March 29, 2015 - 03:11 PM

I got one on my ram there just hard to find

 

want to sell it to me? :D



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Posted March 31, 2015 - 04:42 PM

want to sell it to me? :D


Pm me a offer maybe ill sell the hole tractor it has a few attchments
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Posted July 14, 2016 - 04:32 PM

I have just been lucky to buy a RAM with a front reel/ cylinder mower & rear tool frame :dancingbanana:

 

Will get some pics up in a few days when I unload the beast :D


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