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 03-14-2003, 14:28 Post: 51139
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 Tractor size vs Implements

I'm looking at purchsing a new tractor and I have a question. I would like to pull a 6ft bush hog and 6ft box blade, and was wondering how big a tractor I needed to do this. I have heard that you need at least 25 PTO HP to pull a six footer, but want to see if that is correct. I know the larger the tractor the easier it will pull this, but I was curious as to the minimum HP, PTO HP, and tractor weight needed. I would also appreciate any Kubota model suggestions as well. Thank you for your responses






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 03-14-2003, 15:16 Post: 51142
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I run a 6' rotary cutter (brush hog) behind by JD 950 with 27 PTO hp. I would consider that at the low end for a 6 footer. It does fine as long as I don't let the grass get too tall. If I get into heavy green grass a foot tall or more it really has to work. I get thru it ok, just have to really slow down a lot. If I keep it mowed down , then no problem.






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 03-14-2003, 16:08 Post: 51147
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I tested my 955 last year with a 6ft BH. It did alright with the cutting (same 27 PTO HP) but I was not comfortable with the weight distribution. There was far too much weight for the 1900lb tractor, I certainly did not want to venture into my rough field with this setup.
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 03-15-2003, 01:38 Post: 51177
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A 72 inch Bush Hog is a lot of cutter for a 25 PTO Hog. I had a JD 2010 diesel putting out 47 PTO Hp and I could go through 4 foot grass and cut up 2 inch trees like nobodys business. Makes alot of noise though. I would think you would be happier with 5 foot "HOG".






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 03-15-2003, 07:25 Post: 51188
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One thing to consider is front ballast, a 6' hog is also 6' plus to the rear of the tractor and that means on hills it could be bad. You should make sure that you cover your wheel tracks with the mower. I like to see loaders for ballast for hog work and the loader works good for little jobs that need to be done while mowing.






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 03-15-2003, 08:38 Post: 51191
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I would look at 30 pto h.p in a 3000# tractor minimum. It takes a lot of weight and power to properly run a 6' box blade. Sure you can pull it with less but not very effectively. In one of the other threads the guy said he ran out of traction before power, but his tractor was too light. As far as the bush hog, the height and density would be key as far as if you mow it all the time you would be okay. But if you don't you will have a hard time with a smaller size tractor.






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 03-16-2003, 04:39 Post: 51239
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I use a 6' box scraper with 24 pto hp and 4wd turfs. It weighs about 3,000 with loader, and it tracks just over 5'.

True enough that I do have to slow down and take smaller bites when using the scarifiers but some weight in the loader helps. Besides the box fills up pretty quick when taking heavy bites so I'd probably use smaller bites many times anyway. I don't have heavy clay soil but I am able to cut sod reasonably well. I've used it for 1'+ excavations.

Why I like the 6' is that the 6" outside the rear wheels makes it easier to do mild ditching. For example, last summer I cut a drainage channel along a fence. The channel wouldn't be very close to the fence without the extra box width. Another reason good reason for the extra width is that it makes about the right width crowns on top our 14' drives. A 5' box would give me a hump 4' across at the top, which would be wider than I'd like. I was also able to prepare a pad for our 10' x 40' construction trailer working two rather than three widths.






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