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 06-05-2011, 21:33 Post: 178863
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I'd like to buy a new 5 foot flail mower for my Kubota B26, but can't find anyone in New England who actually has one to sell me. Does anyone know of a dealer, preferably in MA or NH that stocks them? I'd really rather see the unit before I spend the thousands it will cost. Thanks!






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 06-06-2011, 07:50 Post: 178867
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Google "flail mower."






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 06-06-2011, 09:13 Post: 178871
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I'm told that Tractor Supply has started carrying Caroni flails (Italian). Try
GORHAM TSC #1305
491 MAIN ST STE 8
GORHAM NH 03581
(603) 752-5300

AgriSupply sells them too, but they have no storefront presence in the Northeast. They claim "freight included in price", but it's reasonable to assume that they've already padded that into the selling price.

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 06-06-2011, 09:49 Post: 178872
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Yeah, I've tried TSC. The Gorham store had never heard of a"flail mower". None of the TSC stores seem to carry them or even know what they are. It appears that flail mowers are an exotic item not stocked by any dealer aroun these parts.






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 06-06-2011, 13:06 Post: 178878
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 Trying to find a flail mower

I had a 6' flail and used it once--then sold it. It was totally impractical for being used for anything but straight runs; the rear guage roller drags itself in turns making a mess at every turn. PLUS they're 3 to 4 times the cost of a blade mower AND use 30% more power to use. But -I'm jis' sayin'.






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 06-06-2011, 14:01 Post: 178881
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Sorry EW, but I have formed a completely opposite impression of flail mowers. Well built and well maintained ones that is. I got a used 74" Ford 917H at an equipment auction a few years back. I think they originally sold new for somewhere in the neighborhood of $5K-6K. I paid $150, then put $350 in into it for blades/hangars/belts/etc. I was so impressed with the subsequent performance - that I sold two rotary cutters (a 5' and a 6') and an 84" finish mower. Zero turf damage by the roller too. And when I downsized from my 45hp PTO hp KAMA to my 35 PTO hp John Deere, I also found that the flail actually takes less horsepower to do the same work as did the rotary cutters and finish mower it replaced.

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 06-06-2011, 14:07 Post: 178882
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Greg is correct, the shipping is built into the price with AgriSupply. Price them in store and easy to see it.

They are suppose to be very propular in the vineyards. I agree with Jeff on some things. THe rear roller does make turning without picking it up a pain. I also tried one once and took it back. Hey AgriSupply has a good policy there or did. Now, I really like them on booms, lighter than rotary cutters. On some you can also change the cutters or hammers as some are called and move between lawn cut to brush cut. Not a simple job nor cheap. The one thing they are much better at over rotary cutter is to me they are safer. They don't throw "stuff" near the same as a rotary cutter. Have seen a tire run over on side of road and it almost did not move as the cutter went over it. Rotary cutter, would have hated to be behind it as I was. They also normally leave it more like mulch than a rotary cutter does.






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 06-06-2011, 16:56 Post: 178885
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I had a Woods Rotary cutter (brush hog) and was never satisfied with the cut. Even with new sharp blades there was always a lot of uncut grass left behind. The impression I've gotten from reading postings here is that a Flail Mower might work better for me. Ah, but to find one...






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 06-06-2011, 21:59 Post: 178892
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 Trying to find a flail mower

If by uncut grass you mean strips of grass not cut as short as the rest, it's because both the front & rear tractor tires have to drive over it before the cutter gets to it.

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 06-07-2011, 07:32 Post: 178893
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If you might hit a rock or stump, a flail is less likely to be damaged than a blade, and if it is, I'd guess it would be cheaper to replace. But I don't think I'd enjoy sharpening them all.






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