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 01-20-2003, 12:52 Post: 47831
Jim Elliott
2003-01-20 12:52:28
Post: 47831
 Mowing with a B7500

Hello everyone, I'm new here, and in need of some advise. My old Honda 3813 rider mower is about done for and by spring time, I will be needing a mower to use for around 5 - 6 acres of finish mowing around the house. I like the looks of the Kubota B7500, and would like to hear some comments from folks who use one of these units as a lawnmower. I am considering a B7500 with the LA302 loader, and 60" mid mount mower.
I have always wanted a small loader tractor for various chores around the farm. We are strictly hobbiests, we have 60 acres with around half in pasture. I am sure the B7500 would be very handy around the house/farm, but I hesitate to get one if it will not make a practical lawnmower. I have a John Deere 2240 (50pto hp) for heavier work, so I am not worried that the B7500 would not be big enough, I'm concerned that it may be too large for cutting close to the house, around flower beds, etc. I would hate to get the 7500 just to find out that I need to buy another lawn mower as well. If this rig is not compact/manueverable enough to double as a lawnmower, I woulld be better off with a Kubota or comparable ZTR mower.
Any comments are welcome, I would really like to hear from folks using the B7500 to cut grass. Thanks in advance for any help. Jim






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 01-21-2003, 09:37 Post: 47868
GaryB
2003-01-21 00:00:00
Post: 47868
 Mowing with a B7500

I use a 7500 with a 60" rear mower to mow about 8.5 or so acres every week. The machine has been bulletproof so far (about 400 hours over three mowing seasons). I wish my mower was a midmount, but other than that I am very satsified. I have nothing bad to say about the tractor. It's also fun to use.






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 01-21-2003, 15:08 Post: 47892
Jim Elliott
2003-01-21 00:00:00
Post: 47892
 Mowing with a B7500

Thanks for the info, Gary. I believe I will check with the dealers in my area, and see if someone will let us borry a B7500 with a mid mount mower to try out for one grass cutting session this spring. The wife does the vast majority of the grass cutting, so I have to be sure whatever I get meets with her approval. By the way, it's not that I'm too lazy to do these chores, she just loves running the mower or tractor. She does not work outside the home, and usually has all the finish mowing, and bushhogging done by the time I get off from work.
I have seen some low hour, late model 7500s on one dealer's lot, I think they are rental returns. I have bought equipment, supplies, etc. from this guy, so I expect he will let us borrow one of these used rigs to see how we like it. If it works out as well as I am hopoing, I may just keep it depending on how much I can save verses buying new.






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 01-21-2003, 19:30 Post: 47907
morgan
2003-01-21 00:00:00
Post: 47907
 Mowing with a B7500

It's too big a tractor to use just for mowing a lawn!! You better get turf tires to go easy on the lawn, but even still, the tractor with mower and FEL and your wife sitting on it are going to weigh over 2200 pounds, so if your lawn has anything other than hard dry dirt under it, you will ruin the lawn with such a big rig. Any soggy spots, and your turf will be destroyed. But if you don't load it up with ballast you can't really do much with the FEL because they need rear ballast! And FEL's work better with ag tires or ind tires, but those treads will ruin your lawn faster that a plague of locusts. And turf tires are lousy for anything but turf.

You can shave some weight off by removing the FEL, removing all ballast and make sure your ballast is all removable such as suitcase weights (making sure you don't load the tires with Calcium because you can't remove that), and telling your wife to take off her heavy mud shoes, but it's still too much tractor to mow 5 acres. Maybe 40 acres of hay, maybe 40 acres of rototill, but if all you have is 5 acres of lawn, you might use a lighter rig. Like, for example, a LAWN MOWER.

The Kubota 7500 is a tractor, not a lawn mower.






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 01-21-2003, 20:07 Post: 47909
dcsmith02
2003-01-21 00:00:00
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 Mowing with a B7500

I use a 7500 for mowing(finish) 4 acres at my house. I have a 60' rear mount with no FEL. My yard holds a lot of water it doesn't tear things up to badly. Of course it weighs only about 1700lb with the mower. It really is a well built little machine.






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 01-21-2003, 21:50 Post: 47917
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Hope to hell your not cutting 40 acres of hay with a B7500. I am planning to purchase a B7500 or even larger compact tractor, the majority of work for this rig will be cutting 5 acres of grass and a 4' bushhog to clean between my spruce tree nursery (20 acres) My dealer is trying to sell me the 2910 but I feel this is too big for lawn cutting. This is the first time I have heard a comment like this regarding the B7500.

Does anyone else agree with Morgan.






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 01-21-2003, 22:34 Post: 47919
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 Mowing with a B7500

No,
I don't agree.
I would not want any smaller than a 7500 for 5 or 6 acres of lawn !!






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 01-22-2003, 05:19 Post: 47925
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 Mowing with a B7500

Morgan's comment should be thought through. Part of the answer does depend on what kind of lawn is wanted. My Ford 1710 weights a bit over 3,000 lbs. with loader and unloaded turfs. It does pack the grass down when I drive on the lawn. I do have to avoid sharp turns, and I do try to stay off the lawn when the ground is wet. We aren't too particular about a lawn, but the grass is pretty delicate due to our very sandy soil.

How close a tractor can get to buildings depends on how far a MMM comes out from the sides in comparison to the rear wheels. A big orchard tractor probably could get very close, but a big tractor takes longer and more room to turn around at the end of rows or small odd-shaped areas. A big tractor can't get under low tree limbs and may leave a lot of trimming. A big tractor does gain time in the open. A 5' cut compared to 4' saves one pass in four not counting overlap.

I guess the answer depends on what is there and what is wanted. In our case, we finish mow 2 acres total in two properties. There are bunches of low branches buildings and small odd-shaped areas and my wife likes to leave patches of wild flowers. I've never considered a MMM for my 1710 and I'm reasonably sure that a 3ph mower would take longer than the 12 hp riding mower we use and might even take longer than a MMM.






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 01-22-2003, 06:04 Post: 47927
Jim Elliott
2003-01-22 00:00:00
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 Mowing with a B7500

Thanks for all the advise, guys. I believe my original plan to borrow a tractor to assess how well it works to cut grass is the only way to settle this once and for all! Morgan, you're not from north Georgia are you? I'm sure your concerns about tearing up the yard are valid for many parts of the country, but that is not at all a problem for us! Our home is sitting on top of a Georgia red clay hill. Unless it has rained in the 8 hours or so, I can drive all over the yard with my ~6000lb, ag tire equipped 2240 John Deere, or Dodge diesel pickup with a bed full of mulch, firewood, or whatever. I believe the manuverability is going to be what makes or breaks my decision. I'm hoping for the best, because while the jury is out on using the 7500 as a lawn mower, I am positive it will be very handy for various other chores that the JD is just too large for.
I am sure that a premium lawnmower, tractor type, or ZTR would be as good or better for grass cutting, but thats all it would be good for. The 7500 would be much more versatile. Also, for hobbiest like us, when you buy a tractor, you basically have a piece of equipment that will last a lifetime. With a lawn mower, even a very good one, you will still be looking at replaceing it in around 10 years or so - we have gotten 13 years out of our old Honda, but it has started to nickel and dime us pretty bad in the last few years, one more season will definately finish it off.






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 01-22-2003, 06:23 Post: 47929
C WEST
2003-01-22 00:00:00
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 Mowing with a B7500

I had B7300 and mowed my yard for three years with it. My yard is not dry at all, but I didn't have any trouble with the tractors weight. Kubota has a tire on the b7300 that is a cross between a turf tire and an ag tire, I think it is called a terra turf. This tire has very good traction but will not cause problems in your yard. The only reason I sold mine is that I needed a bigger tractor. I think you and your wife will be very happy with this tractor for mowing your yard.






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