Question about Finish mowers, probably asked a million times...
Posted October 13, 2011 - 08:46 PM
another section of my property has 2-3' high grassy brush it's not woody brush at all almost looks like hay or timothy mixed with golden rod. would a finish mower be able to knock that down to a decent heigth to maintain and turn it eventually into yard?
i was hoping for a 5' finish mower, seeing as how there was a 5' belly mower on it before, it just rotted apart and to find a replacement is a bit pricey.
Posted October 13, 2011 - 09:02 PM
Posted October 13, 2011 - 09:13 PM
I run a 5' on my 790 w/25 pto HP. A 5' bush cutter will work it in heavy stuff. ~~ grnspot
Posted October 14, 2011 - 09:40 AM
Usually, finish mowers take less hp to run. Blades are sharper, only cut the grass once (instead of smashing it several times before it leaves the case), and what you cut is less dense. I have never seen a hp/cut ratio for finish mowers, but would guess it would be 3-4 hp/foot.
For example, my Deere 2320 can support (according to Deere) a 4 foot bushhog, but can support a 6 foot finish mower. We run a 5 foot mid-mount finish mower and it only bogs mildly in VERY high, thick grass.
Not sure how the diesel/gas engine torque would affect the hp/foot ratios for a gas cutter, but the relationship between finish mower/bushhog/foot would be similar.
Posted October 14, 2011 - 01:59 PM
I know they made a 5ft belly mower for my yanmar and it is supposedly around 16hp at the pto......
I think it would also be based on whether the acreage was cut regularly ....if he keeps it cut short the 5ft would probably work well.....if he allows the grass to grow up tall the tractors performance and hp may become an issue
I have never had anything above the 4ft finish mower on mine so I can only speak for that size...... I do see these tractors for sale regularly with 5ft finish mowers behind them.
Posted October 14, 2011 - 02:35 PM
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Posted October 14, 2011 - 09:41 PM
Where flails shine is when there are breakable things or people around while you are cutting. The rotating bar of a bushhog has a HUGE amount of energy in it, and can launch a rock, branch, golfball (ask me how I know...), etc a long way with a lot of force. There are several OSHA reports of DEATHS of people struck by bushhog projectiles.
Flails have much less energy in each spur, so you don't get missles launched out of them as bad.
They also don't make the swirl knots and cut better than a bushhog.
Posted October 14, 2011 - 10:18 PM
Both my 10' and my 18' batwing bush hogs have launched rocks that almost hit me while driving the tractor pulling them!
Posted November 04, 2011 - 08:30 PM
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