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 02-27-2003, 09:28 Post: 50180
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 How to Best Mow Terraces?

I've got just under 20 acres of terraced pasture that needs to be cut several times a year. I usually have a few horses or cattle keep the grass down, but they always leave me the thistle and weeds. I had a neighbor cut the flat areas with his brushhog in the past, but he's moved off. While the land is gently rolling, the terrace slopes are a challenge to cut with a brushhog. I also have more than a few rock and bolder outcrops to work around. What is my best, affordable cutting option to pull or mount behind a 35hp compact tractor?






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 02-27-2003, 11:50 Post: 50191
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I would use exactly what he used. A regular duty rotary cutter (brushog) would do what you need. Since you are talking grass and weeds, you don't need a heavy duty model. With that HP you can easily run a 6' cutter. If that is 35 PTO hp you might even run a 7' model. You can get regular duty 6' rotary cutters new for $600-$700.






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 02-27-2003, 11:52 Post: 50192
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 How to Best Mow Terraces?

what brand are u talking about for 6 to7 hundred?






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 02-27-2003, 11:53 Post: 50194
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I might add that a pull behind would probably be better on the terraces as it would ride along on the contour of the ground. If you use a 3PT mount, then mow with the terraces rather than across them.






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 02-27-2003, 11:55 Post: 50195
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Howse makes them in that range. That's what I have. I believe King Kutter is about the same price range.






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 02-27-2003, 12:04 Post: 50198
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My 7ft is class 2 and requires 55 hp. What unit are you talking about that will use only 35 hp?






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 02-27-2003, 12:11 Post: 50199
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Peters - I run a 6' regular duty rotary cutter behind my 27 PTO hp with no problem. I was only speculating that with an additional 8 hp he might run a 7' model cutting only pasture grass and weeds.






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 02-27-2003, 19:58 Post: 50218
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You are right Bill if you think of the area cut (28 sq ft to 38.5 sq ft) but I think the cutting area on the blade is different.
Mine is a BH 287 and it is 55 HP min. I have not stalled my tractor in high/thick grass but need to increase power some times.
The Deere MX-6 is rated at 30 HP min, the MX-7 is rated at 50 HP min.
If my terrain was extremely rough/terrace I guess I might look into a flail mower to keep the weight tighter to the tractor and keep from scalping the edges as you go over the crest. There is also an area that is tough to mow at the bottom. This problem increases as the mower get bigger/longer.
How can you tell that my land is not flat either.
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 02-28-2003, 07:08 Post: 50237
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I think that he said he did not want to use a rotary cutter. After living in the southern piedmont area, I know why. The terraces that were made years ago were unmanageable for tractors in some areas.

A satisfactory alternative is to purchase a sickle bar cutter or a disc mower. They mow offset so that a tractor can ride on top of the terrace and the mower can pivot down (most models will swing down 60 defrees or more) and follow the side of the terrace. If your tractor is fairly small, don't worry, small version of these implements are made.






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 02-28-2003, 08:08 Post: 50247
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Marc you can buy an off set flail mower also.
If the terrain is extremely inaccessable then a rotory mower on an arm would be best. A friend of mine has one, but you need a fairly large tractor and good hydraulic flow to be able to use.






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