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 05-30-2004, 15:19 Post: 87282
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Now that I have over a 100 acres of grass land to cut; I have been considering and looking at a rotary cutter for the job. My preference would be for the John Deere MX5 but at nearly $1,800, I don't like the idea of taking a top of the line cutter like that out into field cutting conditions in which most of the land has not been cut in over 2 or more years. I am thinking about going with a King Kutter 5 ft. model with a slip clutch instead of the shear bolt. I would hate to trash out a rotary cutter like an MX5 in harsh conditions and at $550; the King Kutter seems to be a pretty well built unit and I won't feel near as bad if I trash it out making the first cuts on my new farm . I plan to set it as high as possble for the first cuts to avoid as much debry and obstacles as possible. Then I will go back and clean up the exposed hazards and cut lower. When I get the place in shape like I want it; I may go with an MX5 down the road.

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 05-30-2004, 22:33 Post: 87308
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Don't sound like a bad idea, My KK has been a fine chopper and like you said a lot cheaper.With a 100 acers of mowing to do your going to have to start saving your bucks any way to step up in tractor size, some thing that can run about a 15 foot cutter.Good luck with the new property.






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 05-30-2004, 22:46 Post: 87310
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Chief,
You may be suprised how much abuse the KK will take without damage.
Once you get done clearing with the KK you can keep right on using it, because it will still work fine !
You may want to consider a 6'.
I run a 6'KK on my DK 35, (which is comparable to the HP of your JD) with no problem.
My mowing speed is controled more by the roughness of the field than power.
I paid just under $700 for a 6' KK cutter.
$95 for a slip clutch.
Total around $800






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 05-30-2004, 23:07 Post: 87311
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ood deal buying thta land, looks real nice. 100 acres does sound like you will be spending the better part of 2 weeks brushhogging Smile Man you must love tractorin!






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 05-31-2004, 09:54 Post: 87337
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Take a look at the Woods BB60 Standard duty. The KK uses the same cheap gearbox as Howse and all the others. The Woods gearbox has large oil galleys for lubing the lower bearing and is a chunk.
I sell the BB60 with a slip clutch for under $1000 and cannot keep them in stock.
You will like the smooth deck for not gathering trash, the 3 yr gearbox warr., and the extra deck throat allows debris to get on top the blades for better grinding and less wind-rowing. Also extra lift points for adjusting to your tractor.

And for a few bucks more can get her in JD green, orange, red, blue.

A good point also is I order parts for Woods mowers all the time that are 10-20-30 plus years old with no problem.

Now if you want a hoss the med. duty is awesome equivilant to others heavy duty.

Just my 2 cents worth,

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 05-31-2004, 15:11 Post: 87358
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 Shopping For a Rotary Cutter

I would recommend getting a quality medium duty cutter instead of buying an inexpensive one first. A 6' medium duty (Woods or equal) with a slip clutch will take more abuse than you would be willing to give it and will stay working for years to come.

My 6' cutter is a medium duty Caterpillar Challenger model - it is probably identical to a Woods. So far the only disadvantage (besides the price) is the extra weight of this unit. This year I've cut heavy brush where the ground is full of unexpected suprises. No problems at all with the cutter.

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 05-31-2004, 19:37 Post: 87378
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I just cut my ten acre field with my 6 ft woods cutter. There is NO WAY in the world you would get me to cut 100 acres with a five or six foot cutter more than once. Unless you really like the sun and have alot of time on your hands.
What is your future plans for the land? I would think it will take 2 days to cut a 100 acres with a 5 ft cutter






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 05-31-2004, 19:59 Post: 87380
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That's why I posted about a larger tractor that could pull at least a 15 footer.A 5 or 6 footer is a little small for a 1oo acre mowing






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 05-31-2004, 20:10 Post: 87383
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I wasn't planning on cutting it all at once. Perhaps 10 to 20 acres at a time on a rotating schedule or as needed. I'm not in any big hurry to get things done.






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Chief, so far I've had good luck with my 5' KK. It goes right through thick hazelnut brush and small popples. Only the unseen stumps cause the shear bolt to shear. I'll get a slip clutch soon too.

I think it's a good deal. You can buy two for the price of one midrange cutter.
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