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 03-31-2005, 10:37 Post: 109185
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 ART, Need Advice on tractor for 43 acres

OK, Art, & anyone else who wants to chime in. My brother in Franklin, TN, wants me to head up the search for a tractor to keep 43 acres of grass cut. No hay, just keeping it all to a manageable level. I think $ won't be a problem, so I want to help him get the optimum tractor & implements. Looking forward to hearing from everyone on this one. Should be fun & I can get vicarious thrills going to a dealer and watching his eyes light up!






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 03-31-2005, 12:32 Post: 109188
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 ART, Need Advice on tractor for 43 acres

Turfgrass like on a sod farm or just field grass? What kind of finished appearance... finishing mower or bush hog? Cut weekly? Monthly? Seasonally?

In any case, 43 acres of grass is plenty unless you're talking about a golf course!






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 03-31-2005, 12:46 Post: 109189
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I'd say mostly field grass, they want to keep it fairly low, probably less than 4 or 5 inches. Probably want to mow it 2 or 3 times/month, depending on growth. They have an old woods finish mower, looks about 5 or 6 foot. They live next door to a horse farm and let the neighbors ride horses over their property alot. Don't know what kind of shape it's in. Probably can be put in working order pretty easily. They have an old Ford but it's not hydro, with an added ROPS, they'll probably either sell to me or trade in.






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 03-31-2005, 14:52 Post: 109193
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advice for cutting 43 acres in Tenn.

Personally, I would get a 6 or 7 foot Howse
brushhog and a kubota L3430 with a cab + air cond.

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 03-31-2005, 15:01 Post: 109195
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advice on cutting 43 acres

what is this field grass on to need to be cut 2-3
times per month? If you are getting that much growth
why dont you get someone to bail it. If it grows
to a certain height as some grasses do, I am not
sure what you want to cut it so often for. That is
a heck of alot of growth for one spring-summer-fall.
I personally love Howse, because if set up properly
and maintained they are tough tough tough. I have cut
8to9 foot high thick marsh grass with my 5 footer
and my B-2400 (the neighbor had let it go for a year)
Also, I can get ANY part for my Howse within one hour
in stock-by driving to the place.

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 03-31-2005, 15:43 Post: 109197
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I'll have to find out how often they want it cut. they don't want to let it get high enough to bail, probably it could get by with once/month. They want it to look good. I'm thinking somewhere between a Kubota 3830 and 5030, somewhere between 6 & 8 foot mower, give or take a foot either way. Again, just in the initial stages here.






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 03-31-2005, 16:14 Post: 109201
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 ART, Need Advice on tractor for 43 acres

cutter size

If you are talking of buying a 4 wheel drive 3830 or
a 5030 to just cut 43 acres of grass, I think you
are going to spend alot of money. I can turn a 6
foot Howse easily with my L3430 HST. If I had to cut
that much I would look for a reel-type cutter used
like those used on golf courses and a 2-wheel drive
tractor, possibly a WD-45 Allis Chalmers or a D-17
Allis. If you want bigger, maybe a nice older 3020
John Deere. That is IF that is all it is to be used
for and it is dry and level. Wetness and roughness
add a whole new dimension though.

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 03-31-2005, 17:48 Post: 109206
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 ART, Need Advice on tractor for 43 acres

84" front mount commercial mower. See my pics number 16 and 17






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 03-31-2005, 18:56 Post: 109214
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 ART, Need Advice on tractor for 43 acres

Well, the more we talk, the more I like it. He wants a tractor with a cab he can get in and not get so dusty (allergies). He likes the idea of a 5030 with maybe a 8 or 9 foot mower to get it done asap. Thanks guys, keep the suggestions coming!






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 03-31-2005, 19:26 Post: 109217
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 ART, Need Advice on tractor for 43 acres

The time needed to cut this many acres would be a little discouraging to me. A 9-foot mower at 4mph gives a capacity of only about 4 acres per hour. (Approximate acres/hour = width (ft) times speed (mph) divided by 10.) So, one would have to plan on nearly ten hours per mowing.

Personally, I would find a neighbor to cut and bale the grass for hay. Assuming that the field yields 1 ton per acre per year and the grass can be sold for $50/ton (both are typical for decent grass hay) gives a gross income of $2150. The landowner would usually get 1/3 of the net income as rent payment.

Of course, another assumption that I am making in saying all this is that the grass is of a type in demand for hay. Timothy, brome, and others make good salable hay. Fescues and the like would probably not.






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