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 06-28-2009, 19:37 Post: 163690
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Looking for review or opinions on the Kodiak brand rotary cutters






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The nature of any RC is pretty straight-foward--have 2 blades and they rotate, and they all pretty much are designed the same. At the risk of sounding like a smartbutt Laughing out loud, to me it's like asking for opinions on a... glass of water.

That said, what are your expected input?






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 06-28-2009, 22:49 Post: 163692
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Over the years a few people have mentioned them but I don't think anyone has reported any problems. They may be a regional sort of brand. Since shipping of heavy equipment is so expensive there seem to be a lot of regional brands in implements. There have been some reports of complaints on various cutters, King Kutter comes to mind, but the complaints usually were in regard to poor welds, lousy paint and corresponding early rust, that sort of thing.

For my money I wouldn't consider any cutter that didn't come with chain guards and a stump jumper - and I'd recommend a good slip clutch too.

I paid a bundle for a medium duty JD MX5 and it has been awesome. It has run into many a stump and never required anything but lube and an annual cleaning. FWIW, I'd buy another even though there are far cheaper cutters.






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 06-29-2009, 05:43 Post: 163695
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At the risk...etc. water doesn't have welds or paint quality or different guages of sheet metal.
Thanks kws (below) all the points you mentioned are in place except the chain guard and I will insist on one from the dealer.






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 06-29-2009, 09:57 Post: 163698
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One of the simplest to compare how well something "gravity simple" is made is to just look at the weight of it.

If you compare 2 supposedly identical pieces and one is 15% heavier, that translates to more metal, and likely, less corners cut.

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 06-29-2009, 11:39 Post: 163703
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I think those are built in Tennesse but not 100% sure so they really are regional. Suggest you do compare weight as Murf suggested. From what little I have seen of them (on a dealer's yard) they looked decent. No idea how how thick of metal or such they are.






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 06-30-2009, 10:23 Post: 163727
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Pappy,
I recommend you look at a website for one of the name brands like Woods or Bush Hog. They will give you lots of info on rotary cutters. The thing that generally is much better on the brand name stuff are gearboxes, driveshafts, and longer warranties. Some companies back their boxes for up to 8 years. The off brands are usually 1 year or less.

You generally get what you pay for...






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Batman brings up a good point.

Nobody builds their own gearboxes anymore, it's just too costly, that said however there's a big difference in available models too.

If you look at various manufacturers, even the 'economy' brands, you will see that some of them have a much more robust gearbox on them than others.

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 06-30-2009, 13:29 Post: 163730
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Like KW I have a Deere MX5. I don't remember how long I've had it, but never a problem so far. Deere or Land Pride would be my first chioces.
Keep them cleaned up and inside if you can, maybe even a wax job now and then and they hold their resale pretty well.






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I looked yesterday and they have three, 6 foot models. If you have not, take a look at their web site, specs are straight forward.

Another regional brand is Hardee and Bushog. With Bushog no sure what the new ownership will mean for them.






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