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 02-22-2004, 19:21 Post: 77619
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I just read thru almost all the posts on rotary cutters, that being said I will ask anyway.
I have field work for the brush cutter some woods work with it also maintaining trails and cutting down the small new growth up to 2".
I will have a tc40hp I believe it is 35 on the pto.
My dealer has recomended a woods mower for $1,195. Of course saying to stay away from KK< Laughing out loud>he dont sell them.

Now, putting all bias aside because it seems like which ever cutter a guy has is the one he recomends which would you buy if you did not own one yet?

I am looking into a 6 foot but have been told by our (training center) guys who train customers how to use our machinery (Large new holland/case tractors) IHave been told I really should have a 45hp for that 6 foot, said that tall grasses will bog it down. Since size really doesnt matter when we are talking 5 foot or 6 (one foot difference big deal, so every 5 passes I would need to make one more) Should I just stay with a 5 footer or go on up to that 6 foot? Our training guys may not be right? what is your experiances, remember I will have the tc 40?

Your thoughts on the "woods" rotary cutters?
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 02-22-2004, 19:57 Post: 77623
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 anouther rotary cutter question

Woods has always built a good cutter and to go to the six foot you would need a lot of front ballast!






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 02-22-2004, 20:22 Post: 77628
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 anouther rotary cutter question

I agree with Art. You probably have a 6 foot wheel base on your tractor.

A six foot cutter is not just six feet wide but six feet long as well. And it hangs 7 or 8 feet behind the balance line on your rear axle.

Too much, I think.






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 02-22-2004, 21:22 Post: 77634
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I'd go with a 5'KK.......comes in Blue and will take all you can give it with a 40 hp tractor.






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 02-23-2004, 17:32 Post: 77719
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 anouther rotary cutter question

BA I do not remember if you were getting a loader or not. I never use my brush cutter with out the loader on. So doing that would take care of your ballast issue.

In heavy field mowing like first cutting in mid to late July any thing is going to bog down or if you have hp enough to run it you'll start breaking things. You'd have to take it real slow.

So will 1-2 gears lower make up for extra 1'of cut. Or cut in a higher gear and only cut 4'-5' with a 6' cutter and have the width for your trails.

Happiness is trimming a nice bush...






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 02-23-2004, 21:18 Post: 77741
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Go with a 5' cutter for your sized CUT, particularly if you go with a "medium-duty" unit, that can weigh 600+#
Make your decision on several factors:
- Are you mowing on flat, or hills (forget the 6' on hills)
- What gauge sheet metal is used?
- How heavy is the unit?
- Does it have a stump jumper blade?
- Good guards?
- Good rear wheel, solid or composite?
- Slip clutch or shear bolt?
- Strong edge around housing, to prevent damage (you will back into stumps or trees, guaranteed !)
Summary - you generally get what you pay for.
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 02-26-2004, 22:17 Post: 78044
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I have a 5ft Woods Dixie Cutter, an industrial mower (yellow) that I bought used. I have used it on my Ford 2000 (38hp) my Ford 1320 (23hp) and I now have a New Holland TC29 which I havent had it on yet. It is a very tough mower with a clutch instead of shear pins. I mowed alot of prickly ash and crab apple trees up to 2in diameter with both the Fords with no problem. It did make the 2000 Ford light in the front because it didn't have a loader. No Problem on the Ford 1320 with loader. The wood cost 700.00 used but has a much bigger gear box than the Howse or King Kutter mowers. I have leveled hundreds of ant mounds, berry briars, prickly ash, russian olive and honeysuckle, it takes the abuse and has never give me a problem. I use it on steep hillsides too, don't have much flat pasture. It should work really good with the TC29 which is gear drive and has alot more power than the Ford 1320. If you are going to use it hard then go with the woods or a Rhino, you won't be sorry. Just my opinion.






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 02-27-2004, 06:31 Post: 78068
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I run a 6' Howse on my JD 950 at 27 PTO hp. I do mostly pasture and ditch mowing. But occasionally do some pretty rough brush cutting near my creek. My 27 PTO hp runs the 6 footer with very little problem. The most difficult is if I let my coastal burmuda get too high. Then I will have to slow down a little or take a smaller cut each pass. But if I mow normally, I can run about as fast as I want. To get a clean cut, you are going to overlap nearly a foot. So a 6' will give about a 5' net cut, a 5' about a 4' cut, etc.






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 02-27-2004, 07:39 Post: 78069
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I have 2 bush hogs, a 5 foot Woods Dixie Cutter like Horse Guy that I have used for 15 years & run over everything you can think of & it still mows like it was new. I gave $750 for it new. This past summer I bought a used King Cutter from a neighbor for $200 and it works just as good. I can recomend either one. Go for the cheapest one.






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 02-27-2004, 17:47 Post: 78121
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Thanks for all the fine answers. After going thru my finances (after buying the tc 40) I think I better watch my play money a bit. I went over buget on the tractor to make sure I had it set up exactly right. The 8N I was planning on selling to cover the other expenses, (well lets just say I decided to fix her up and keep it also) Laughing out loud
Just cant seem to part with it! I think I will be buying mostly KK, I will be buying "heavy duty" on all impliments that they offer. Hopefully I will have mostly good experiances with KK, I have examined a few of their items and they seem to look decent and the weight is definately there. Thanks again for everything.






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