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 03-05-2000, 00:00 Post: 13490
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Looked at the Deere 261 for 4100 compact - it has two wheels in back, roller up front. Landpride has four wheels and seems it would follow the ground more independently of the 3 pt hitch. Deere 261 has a more contoured tunnel that may help discharge. Deere dealer says Landprides are not as scalp-resistant as the Deere - hmmm. Any experiences to share? Thanks.






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 03-05-2000, 00:00 Post: 13493
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I find it VERY hard to believe that ANY two-wheeled trailing mower could be as scalp-resistant as four wheeler. IMHO, if you have contours to follow stay with four wheels, and anti-scalp rollers front and back. Best of luck.






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 03-06-2000, 00:00 Post: 13504
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I dont have any experience with either but... check where the wheels/rollers are. If the four wheeled version doesn't have any rollers in the middle of the deck then it is going to scalp.
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 03-06-2000, 00:00 Post: 13509
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I have a 4300 with a 6' Landpride rear discharge mower and love it. I mow 8 acres and it does a great job. But Randy is right, if a mound or ridge gets in between the wheels, you are going to scalp. If you don't have alot of small mounds or ridges, I think with the 4 air tires it flows over the ground better than those I've seen with rollers. My property was originally mostly farm land, but after some grading and getting the ground hogs to move to the neighbors, I don't have any problems (I would have done this regardless of which mower I picked). All in all, it's heavy duty and does a great job mowing.






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 03-06-2000, 00:00 Post: 13529
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Doug, The JD 261 has two anti-scalp rollers. One in front/center and one underneath/center. You can also order a front set of castoring gauge wheels that bolt on each side. The part # for the kit is BM16230. With this setup you would be hard pressed to scalp. (even if you hit one of Toms groundhogs) Cheers.
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 03-07-2000, 00:00 Post: 13562
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Thanks Don. Negotiating with the Deere dealer, who has quoted the wheel kit for an additional $250. I saw the rollers, which seem better placed than Landpride's. Also, the Deere guys are pushing that they use 7 guage steel, the "heaviest in the industry". My old mower attachment was a Deere and it was a rock - just trying to make the right decision. Thanks for your advice! Doug






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 03-07-2000, 00:00 Post: 13568
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Doug:

I replaced my 272 last season with a Woods RD7200 (Rear Discharge),and I would do it again in a heart beat. All other things being equal, four wheels will scalp less than two and I haven't had any problems since switching to the Woods. Everybody else has four wheels and rear discharge seems to be the "hot setup," You will not end up with old clippings in rows all over the lawn and you should be able to cut taller grass without bogging down the tractor, (on a side discharge, the left blade cuts and shuffles the grass clippings to the middle blade which cuts and shuffles to the right blade, the rear discharge cuts and drops the clippings out the back). I picked the Woods over Land Pride, Bush Hog and Befco, but would take any of these over the 261/272 (I am a big fan of John Deere, but I think that they are a little out of touch on this one). I hope this helps you.






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