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 08-06-2005, 17:11 Post: 114464
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 flail mower experience?

Does anyone have 1st hand experience using a "flail mower"? I bought an International World Agritech 4' rotary mower last year. Our 7 acres of pasture has quite a few rocks and I replaced a few shear bolts. Would the fail mower be a better tool for cutting pasture grass (timothy, clover, sheep fescue, raspberries along edges)?






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 08-07-2005, 08:08 Post: 114471
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 flail mower experience?

Not if you have a bunch of rocks. It can get real expensive replacing broken knives.






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 08-07-2005, 11:45 Post: 114476
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 flail mower experience?

You might put a slip clutch on your cutter, it sure beats having to replace shear bolts.






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 08-07-2005, 15:46 Post: 114478
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 flail mower experience?

I have never used a flail mower, but up here in Maine the Blueberry growers mostly use flail mowers on the fields. Maine blueberry fields are mostly RocksSmile

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 08-07-2005, 16:48 Post: 114479
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Flail mowers are probably built lots better than 30 yrs. ago, but I had one from that time and rocks were the biggest problem, I don't remember the brand anymore, but I was broke down more than I was mowing. Best of luck. Frank.






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 08-08-2005, 08:39 Post: 114496
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 flail mower experience?

We have a couple of Rhino flail mowers that we use for the odd contract we do for cutting rough stuff.

For road-side work ar anything where they may be people, vehicles, animals, etc., in the area they are the only real choice.

In my picture # 20 there is one them on the back of my 'Bota.

They do a very nice job, but like everything else also have their 'pro's & cons' list too.

The big differences are, shorter than a rotary front to back, makes for a shorter load if trailer is crowded, or for manuevering, also makes turning tight corners next to fence lines easier, not so much tail swing, debris can be a PITA, rocks, stumps, etc., are OK but anything like plastic sheets or twine, rope or fence wire will be wrapped around the spinner bar before you know what happened. Carry small bolt cutters, vice grips and gloves with you any time you go cutting.

Flail knives break, until that point they don't really have to be sharpened. A new set can be spendy and take some time & patience to change them. One mine there are 92 pairs of knives to be changed each time.

All in all, unless you have a really big pasture, you might find it easier, and cheaper, to just clear the rocks.

Best of luck.






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