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 04-18-2004, 20:30 Post: 83549
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I went to my local Tractor Supply and found that the finish mowers are "King Kutter" name brand. Can anyone give me an opinion on these? They are about $600 less than a comparably sized Bush Hog from my dealer and $800 less than a Woods. Also, they have a 3000 fpm higher tip speed than the Bush Hog and 2000 fpm high tip speed than the Woods.

Lastly, any opinions on side vs/ear discharge? I've heard that for wider finish mowers it's best to use a rear discharge (side discharges really clump). Thanks!






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 04-18-2004, 21:10 Post: 83556
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I just searched the site for all "King Kutter" messages and came up with some information. I've seen everything from "outstanding" to other people seeming to think it's the bottom of the totem pole. I'd love to hear from anyone who has a KK finish mower, how long they've had it and what they think. Same with other brands... how long it has been owned and what kind of cut, etc.






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 04-18-2004, 21:24 Post: 83558
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I've used a 5' one behind my TC29 for about 3-1/2 years, probably have about 200-300 hours on it, and haven't had any problems. The cut quality is adequate, my yard is more like a field, so it works out fine. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one, or any KK product as far as that goes. No, it is not commercial quality, but from all indications this mower will outlast me.
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 04-18-2004, 21:35 Post: 83563
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with a rfm i'd recomend rear discharge do the the fact that it will be earyer to get around objects with out the chute getting in the way.






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 04-19-2004, 07:16 Post: 83589
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I have a KingKutter behind my 7800. It works fine. It isn't the best looking piece of machinery, but for the price it does what it is supposed to do, it mows a nice looking lawn. I have never had any problems with it, and at this point find no reason not to recommend it to someone else.






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 04-19-2004, 10:28 Post: 83615
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I've used a 72: KK finish mower for 4 years now and all in all, I'm pretty happy with it. For the money, they're tough to beat (from TSC). Side discharge will clump more but I remedied that for the most part by setting the cut heighth up one or two settings. Lawn looks great, is healthier and almost no clumps. Side discharge is nice for backing up to obstacle to trim close.






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 04-19-2004, 10:31 Post: 83616
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You say "pretty happy with it". Does this mean you've had some problems, bad cuts, etc? I'm not keeping a golf course manicured--just my lawn--but I'd like for it to look as good as it does now using my little 42" lawn tractor.






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 04-19-2004, 11:04 Post: 83618
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A couple of things to keep in mind; 1. A 3 point finish mower isn't going to do quite as nice a job as a belly mower. 2. The larger a mower you get the more you will "scalp" small hilly spots (even with center rollers). If your lawn is all quite flat, then it's not an issue. Mine is moderately so. All in all, considering inve$ment, the job it does, design, quality, productivity, etc.,I'd give it a 9 out of 10. Result; I mow a ton of lawn, fast, with a good result. (if it's flat, smooth & clear; 4 acres an hour)On price; You probably do better on price on a comparable piece of equipment than TSC. I gotten quotes from other KK dealers and its 25-40% more. TSC buys ALOT and saves on price and frieght. If service is a concern than you might look to a dealer because TSC won't be strong on that point.






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 04-19-2004, 11:33 Post: 83619
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TK--What do you mean by "not as good" as a belly mower cut? I think I'm getting lost on that point. You have 3 blades spinning **much** faster than my little belly-mower lawn tractor (based on the manual), the blades look exactly the same, they operate in the same way, etc. So how does it not give as good a cut as a belly mower? I do understand the wider deck will have a higher tendancy to scalp, but other than that why is the cut not as good? I'm not saying you're wrong--I'm just wanting to know how it's not as good a cut, etc. I don't want to pour in $1100 to find that my lawn looks hideous! If anything, my little belly mower leaves terrible rows and tends to "beat down" the grass in thicker areas (you can hear the blades being slowed down) only to pop up the next day leaving an uneven cut. I'm hoping that the much-increased HP and especially torque of the tractor and finishing mower will chop right through even the thick areas without a hiccup. (I'm pretty set on buying a Kubota 3430 HST--28.0 PTO HP I think). Any thoughts? BTW--thanks so much for all your input.






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You didn't say what type of lawnmower you have, but you can't compare that to a tractor with a belly mower. My tractor mid PTO is 2500 rpms so the blades are turning quite fast. If you are concerned about the little strips left by the lawnmower, wait until you see your lawn if you mow when the grass is still a little damp and mash it down with the big rear tires and then when the grass dries it stands back up.






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