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 04-12-2004, 11:28 Post: 82834
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I'm trying to decide what implements to buy with my tractor, and I need something to mow my yard and fields. I have a little 42" lawn tractor, but it takes me nearly 4 hours to mow everything NOT including my back field.

Most of the areas are flat and well-groomed, but in the front yard I do have several trees. However, they are lined up in rows with 20 feet separating each of them. I've thought about a MMM, but on the tractor I'm buying (Kubota 3430) the mid pto is a $2000 option plus the cost of the mowing deck. I just don;t want to spend that kind of money if I can avoid it. Would a finishing mower be a good choice? Exactly *how* uneven of an area can it be used over? The fields are VERY flat as well as my back yard, but the front is a bit "lumpy". Also, will the finsihing mower (prob a 60" or 72"Wink yeah right do as good a job mowing as my little 42" lawn tractor? Lastly, side discharge? Back discharge?






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 04-12-2004, 12:05 Post: 82839
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 Should I buy a finishing mower

I use a RFM on my 7800 and love it. Easy on and off and does a great job. Takes some getting used to, but for the convenience, it is worth it.






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 04-12-2004, 12:32 Post: 82843
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I go by a different theory, I stick with 'specialized' machines.

Instead of using my CUT just to cut grass, which it's less than perfect for, especially around trees and obstacles, both of which I have plenty of, I have a commercial front-deck 3-wheeled grass amchine, a Ferris Pro-Cut 20. It will cut 3 acres an hour without breaking a sweat and trees and manueveriing around stuff is a breeze.

I would think for the price of a decent 3pth finishing mower you could get a real nice used grass-eater. Sure makes life easy.

Best of luck.






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 04-12-2004, 13:12 Post: 82845
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Jonathan, get yourself a RFM. It'll cut anything an MMM and your 42' will. Also, it'll look good enough for anyone's taste.






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 04-12-2004, 14:22 Post: 82850
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I have the 60"MMMM on my 7800 and my reasoning for getting it is mowing around things. It is a lot easier if the deck is under you as opposed to having to look behind you to make sure you aren't taking out a flower bed or side of the house. Also you have to go slower to give the grass those big rear tires are mashing down to stand back up. With the MMM you only have the little front tires going over it. The only downside to the mid mount is that it isn't as easy to take on and off as the rear finish mower. Although on my 7800 I have quite a bit of ground clearance when locking the deck up out of the way and it only takes a few minutes to take it off with the FEL lifting it in the air. I don't think you will get as nice a cut with a rear finish mower as you do with a mid mount due to the length of the set up and the top link can cause issues too.






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 04-12-2004, 14:32 Post: 82851
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 Should I buy a finishing mower

I'd agree with Murf, for the price of a mid-PTO and MMM I'd buy a used commercial mower. You may then no longer need your lawn tractor and could sell it and roll that into the price of the used commercial mower. You'd probably get a better finish cut this way as well.






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 04-12-2004, 14:40 Post: 82852
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All very good points, but I'm a bit wary about any "open" mower. We have terrible yellow jacket problems where I live, thus the choice to buy a tractor with a cab. One of the main things I plan to use my tractor for is mowing, and the enclosed operator's area is, in my opinion, a must-have.

Essentially, will I get a pretty good cut with a finishing mower? That's really the bottom line for me. Someone mentioned having to wait for the grass to "stand up" after the tires run over it. Is this really a problem? A used commercial mower would definitely be the "easiest" as far as control and such, but in wide open areas I just don't see it as being a very big issue, anyway. (The only area with trees is the front yard which is tiny compared to the rest of my property).






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I guess another good way to approach this question is "What are finish mowers good for?" It's obvious they are popular items--every implement manufacturer seems to have its own line of them in a wide array of sizes.






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 04-12-2004, 15:09 Post: 82857
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A finish mower is for cutting your lawn. An MMM and a RFM are both finish mowers. The only difference is where they hook up to the tractor.






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 04-12-2004, 16:29 Post: 82864
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One difference between a MMM and a RFM is the ability to handle uneven grades and slopes. The ability of a MMM to cut lawn to the same length on an uneven slope is generally less than that of a RFM. This is because the wheel base of the MMM is the same as that of the tractor carrying it (generally quite a bit bigger than the mower). With a RFM the wheel base of the mower is usually just a little bigger than the mower deck itself (usually much smaller than the tractor wheel base). Consequently (all other things being equal) a RFM does less "scalping" and gives a more consistent cut. That said ability to position the MMM is usually better than with a RFM so it usually boils down to personal preferances.






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