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 08-06-2007, 16:57 Post: 144382
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Looking for a suggesions on a brush mower for my JD4115. Looking to maintain trails and clear some small growth vegetation, probably not any bigger than 1". I have a very old 4' mower now, which has seen its last repair job. Also what width would be good to go with?....I am thinking of looking at 5' wide mowers.....I feel 6' would be to be big for my 4115. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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 08-06-2007, 18:05 Post: 144384
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HuskyGTH200,

You might be able to move up to a 5ft mower......but no bigger.

Actually, the 4ft model is perfect for your tractor's horsepower rating.

Your tractor might strain a bit with the bigger mower, unless you slow down quite a bit in the heavy stuff.

Any bush mower will handle the vegetation you mentioned.

If your mower is beat up due to rough ground, or from striking solid obstacles, such as trees, you might want to consider a heavy duty mower.

Some of the mowers I see these days look to made out of foil paper. This cheap junk isn't worth the powder needed to blow 'em up.

Purchase your mower from a reputable company. Don't worry too much about the price. The difference in price isn't much....at least not enough to lose any sleep over.



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 08-07-2007, 11:12 Post: 144419
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I would be worried about the length of the thing.

A 5 foot brush hog is going to stick out about 7 feet from the rear end. Could make for some pretty dicey handling characteristics.






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 08-07-2007, 11:23 Post: 144422
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Thanks Candoarms, I guess I was considering going to a 5ft due to mowing now with my 4ft now......always thinking that a 5ft would get the mowing done just a little quicker. My current mower is from a friend that he had on a 8N and his father used it for years and "things" are just tweeked on it. It bunches up the grass and rolls out the rear of the mower in a ball......I like the newer mowers that have the safety chain on the rear exit of the unit and some have them on front and rear. It seems that the newer units clear themselves better.....does this make sense???? I also like the idea of a stump plate for for the added safety when hitting something that could cause damage.......

As for the length of a 5 footer.....I think the one I have is got to be all of 7 foot behind the tractor now....

I see on other posts that Bush Hog & Woods seem to have the better reviews/comments.

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 08-07-2007, 11:57 Post: 144424
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HuskyGTH200,

The mower you are currently using probably has something missing.

Inside of the outer skirt, there should be some steel gussets which mainly serve as fillers in the dead areas where the blade won't reach.

I have no idea what the proper term is to identify these fillers in the corners. You'll have to bear with me here.

With all bush mowers, you have a blade that cuts a perfect circle, placed inside a square box. In the corners there is a lot of dead space, where the blade doesn't reach. The pieces of sheet metal are used to surround the blade, as close as possible. If these pieces of metal get torn out, (hitting a tree stump will cause this) the blade won't properly chop up the grass clippings, causing them to form large balls that end up rolling out of the rear of the mower.

Any new mower will have these fillers in the corners. I'm guessing that your mower is missing these. Replacement fillers can easily be fabricated and welded in. If you take the time to do this, your mower will likely work much better.....almost as good as new.

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 08-07-2007, 13:40 Post: 144433
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Husky,
Have you check the blades on your current cutter? Sometimes I find just grass to be the hardest to cut with my rought cut mower. You do not want to over load your tractor but you do want your mower to be at least even with the outside of one of your rear tires of you will over time find the roads you are cutting keeps getting narrower.






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 08-08-2007, 13:25 Post: 144448
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I checked out this ole mower last night, I beleive its an old BMB, by whats left from an sticker on it.....total length is around 85" long, width is 5ft, guess I haven't paid to much attention to how wide it is.....as for the curved metal corners underneath, they are in bad shape. They've seen better days. Wonder if I could get replacements for them, if not maybe could make some new ones. I understand about needing them in the corners, but in my opinion, from what I see on newer mowers, the rear of the decks are designed notched out or even completely open to let the clippings escape. This ole mower has 5" of steel at the rear, {just as much as on the sides}, that I am tempted to cut out...anyway just my thought. My rear tires measure outside to outside is 50".
I see that the majority of new 60" mowers, spec tractor size to start at around 24hp or 25hp on up. The 4115 is 24hp. I definitely don't want to strain my machine.......
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 08-08-2007, 13:55 Post: 144449
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Husky, if your cutter is old it could have had metal added or removed over the years. I don't remember seeing any rough cut mower with the back closed in with solid metal. It may have been added to strenghted the deck or to prevent material flying out. You probably can make the parts for the side that are worn.

I would not exceed the 5 foot size cutter you have. PTO clutches can be damaged

They do cost more but you may wish to consider a flail mower for this size tractor. They also do not extend as far back either. Be sure you understand the cutter blade options for the model you consider. I like them due to being shorter and not throwing material as bad as rough cut mower will. They do cut slowing on certain types of materials than the rotary mower as they don't just cut the material off, but can almost mulch it. kt






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 08-08-2007, 14:07 Post: 144450
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Usually the HP ratings for mowers and such refer to the PTO HP ratings.

The 4115 has 20 ponies at the PTO. I personally would stick with a 48 inch cutter if I was getting one for my 4115. That is what the manufacturer recommends too.

Maybe what you lose in cutting width you can make up in ground speed/cutting time.

I am sure someone on this board has done the math on cutting width vs. ground speed. Maybe they can chime in here.






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 08-08-2007, 14:29 Post: 144451
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As Mark touched on, the math is pretty simple, but in this case, IMHO, completely irrelevant.

As Mark also pointed out, you only have 20hp to work with.

For what you're doing, reasonably tough stuff for a small machine, you will probably be better served with a decent used machine, but a 4 footer will be difficult to find.

A 5 footer will be far easier to find, but you will need to really take it slow on the heavy stuff.

By the time you put much $$$, sweat and time into what you have you will be into more than finding a good used unit.

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