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 04-07-2002, 12:04 Post: 37148
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 Buying my first bush hog and need advice

I have about eleven acres I need to mow two or three times a summer with my 26 HP (20 @ PTO) Deere 4200 MFWD. The ground is pretty level and just grass and weeds. After looking at a couple of auctions at rough looking used bringing $200-$300 I think I'll be better off going new. I was offered a 5' Howse for $450 or a 5' King Kutter for $550 by a dealer who was at an auction yesterday. Neither have chain guards or slip clutch and each has a stump jumper. Are those things I need or should want? What are the pro's and con's of them? Also, what do you think of the prices I was quoted and how much should I expect to pay for a slip clutch, chain guards or any other "options" you might suggest?

I realize nothing lasts forever but I'd like to buy something that'll be what I want and need the first time around rather than sit and wish I'd done something different. Thanks for any advice you can offer.






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 04-07-2002, 20:55 Post: 37156
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 Buying my first bush hog and need advice

Gary:
with 11 acres and just grass/weeds to mow, i'd be looking at a rear finish mower, probably 72". There's dozens of manufacturers incl the tractor OEM's to choose fro, most with blades and chassis(s) quite sturdy, some nearly equivalent to rotaries. I've used a JD272 finish on some heavy growth without problems. Some of the less expensive rotaries aren't built much heavier than finish mowers.
If you're just going over the same ground over and over, use a finish. If you're tending to be adventuresome and clear off some fringe land, default to a rotary.
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 04-08-2002, 06:01 Post: 37162
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Gary, I think either of the mowers you're looking at will do just fine, and the prices sound about right. I had a 5' Howse 500 that was originally priced at $495 about 2.5 years ago. I had no need for a slip clutch and never even sheared a shear bolt myself. However, I AM a firm believer in chain guards, so I made my own for my Howse.






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 04-08-2002, 06:31 Post: 37163
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Gary-I have a 6' Howse on my JD950 (27 PTO hp) that I am very happy with. I do mostly field mowing but occasionally I get into some light brush and have mowed down some cedars about 3' tall and 2" at the base with no problem. You do want a stump jumper for field mowing. Mine does not have chain guard. I have considered making one but have not done it yet. I have also never sheared a pin. I noticed a local dealer (N TX) advertising 5' Howse for $399.






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 04-09-2002, 12:47 Post: 37214
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would a howse be similiar to a Rhino LT series brushhog?

LT is the series just below the SE series from Rhino...






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 04-09-2002, 15:37 Post: 37224
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Both Howse and Rhino make different models and I'm just not familiar with them. The Howse 500 I had was their lightest duty one, and the only Rhinos I've seen were a little heavier duty, but I don't know the model designations.






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 04-10-2002, 21:16 Post: 37265
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where did u see the howse for $399 at?.....that beats any price i have seen...






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 04-12-2002, 12:05 Post: 37339
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Sorry for the slow response as I have been out of town.
The dealer is about 4 miles east of Mckinney TX on the north side of hwy 380. It is called Paysinger Tractor. He has been in business for many years as a used tractor and tractor salvage dealer. I have never done business with him but I have heard he is a reputable dealer. He apparently recently became a dealer for Howse as he has been advertising lately in the local paper and I have seen that he has a lot of Howse red on his lot. His ad shows the 5' is $399.






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 04-12-2002, 17:58 Post: 37352
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We've used a Howse 48" used rotary under some pretty horrific conditions and have never had a problem with it. We graduated to a 60" with the TC33D tractor and the combo has performed exceptionally well.






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 04-15-2002, 06:31 Post: 37426
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Just a follow up on using Howse rotary cutters. I have been clearing a lot of cedars from around my creek area. I had been cutting those taller than 3' or so with a chain saw and mowing over smaller ones. That was turning into a lot of work so I thought what the heck, see what the cutter will do. I started mowing over 5' and 6' tall cedars. No problem. All that is left is a small pile of mulch. I slowly back over the taller ones with the cutter raised. Then lower it and drive forward. Cedars are quite bushy but fairly soft wood. I am not sure yet that I would try that with a hardwood tree.






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