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 07-14-2005, 19:52 Post: 113472
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Howdy all! I'm doing some back-of-the-envolope math here but lack the experience needed...stepping up from 4 wooded acres.

How long will it take to finish mow an acre (I recently acquired 42 of them) with a 60" finish mower? The land is rectangular and well groomed already, having been maintained to a very high standard prior to my purchase. Relatively flat, few trees--essentially well groomed pasture land. My tractor is pretty quick--as quick as I've ever wanted it, but I've never measured the speed.

Guesses? Thanks!






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 07-14-2005, 20:34 Post: 113474
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I hope you are retired. I know someone here can tell you a good aprox. for time but way too long in my opinion. I consider a 60 inch mower adequate for 1-5 acres of yard. I use a 72 inch and I have only an acre open. I 'd say you need a 10 footer or more.






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 07-14-2005, 21:12 Post: 113477
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I have a TC30 and when I use my finish mower, it takes me about 35 to 45 min / acre.






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 07-14-2005, 21:34 Post: 113483
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 Time to cut?

A friend rents a mid-frame JD with a six foot mower and it takes him about eight hours to do 10 acres.






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 07-14-2005, 22:42 Post: 113485
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I was thinking 4 to 5 days depending upon how many hours you put in during each day. I have a hay pasture about that size and it takes about 3 days to get it all cut with the hay conditioner which I believe cuts 72" at a time. Might be 84" .......I'll have to check. Unless you like mowing; you may want to look into an 84" rotary cutter or finish mower.






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 07-15-2005, 05:36 Post: 113488
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A long time. At 3 miles per hour you will do a short 2 acres per hour. Maybe some sheep or calves could take care of it easier with just some cleanup mowing. Frank.






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 07-15-2005, 07:38 Post: 113491
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About 28 hours.






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 07-15-2005, 07:40 Post: 113492
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Thanks to all who responded. I'm seriously considering the sheep option. I'm not sure a 25HP with a 60" is the way to go. Smile Maybe an excuse to buy a new one...






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 07-15-2005, 07:58 Post: 113493
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 Time to cut?

A friend of mine has lots of acreage and was using a 12foot reel type mower. That always needed sharping, etc. to perform well and only worked if you kept the lawn real short. Recently he found a used Land Pride foldup style gang mower which basically is three 48" decks and ends up doing 11 foot at a time. It was a trade-in from a church. He picked it up for $2,500.00. He is running it with a MF135 (35HP gas tractor) which just has enough power to do the job. The mower is rated for 35-75HP tractors.

If you want to mow the acreage, that is the way to go. Goats, sheep and cattle solve one problem and create two others.






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 07-15-2005, 08:11 Post: 113495
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 Time to cut?

If you want to cut finished turf fast nothing beats a dedicated commercial cutter.

Even our 'small ones' which are only 60" cut will do 3+ acres an hour on flat open land.

The bigger ones (read spendier) will do 15+ acres an hour.

To go back to your original question, the math is simple, look in you owner's manual, it will tell you fast your tractor goes in each gear at PTO speed. Take the mph and mulitiply by 5,280 (feet in a mile) then multiply that by the width (in feet) of the mower. The answer, divided by 42,560 (square feet in an acre) is how many acres per hour you would cut, but does not take turning, dodging trees, climbing hills, etc., into account.

Frank is probably real close with 2'ish acres per hour.

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