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 03-04-2006, 10:41 Post: 125550
marc
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 10 acres or less

I have about 9 acres of horse pasture to mow and care for, plus about an acre or so of lawn. I'm new to this and need to buy my first new or used compact tractor. Can this all be done with a belly mower - or should I use a bush hog on the pasture? Any recomendations for a tractor for $5,000 or less?






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 03-04-2006, 11:10 Post: 125551
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 10 acres or less

You likely need a bushhog for the field. You can mow the field with a finish mower but you need it smoother than most fields are. For example it might cost me $3000 or more to get the field leveled and $600 for a new 6' brush cutter. With the armadillos there is no garantee it will stay smooth.
I think you will be very fortunate to get a good tractor and mowers for $5000 that is a CUT. You may find an old utility tractor, but not likely a CUT. You need about 25 hp on the PTO. We had a good post recently where Randy (Chief?) I think gave estimates on mowing times. If you go below 25 PTO you are limited to about 4 ft on a brush cutter. This does not necessarily cover the wheel tract and will take you days to cut 9 acres.
Use the search feature here and look up some of the recent similar posts and then get back. We will help you narrow down your options.






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 03-04-2006, 22:10 Post: 125566
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Your budget limit is going to make things very tough. Maybe an old Ford -N series or similar antique with a 4 or 5' rough cutter would do the pasture and a 'big box' throw away lawn tractor for the finish mowing of the yard. At this I think the $5000 will be blown by a bit.

Option 2: Use the $5k down on a new CUT (Kubota B, NH-TC, JD 4x10 series?) and do it all with one machine.






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