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 08-11-2008, 11:26 Post: 156012
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What do you think of this for mowing around a pond?http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_757532_757532






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 08-11-2008, 12:01 Post: 156014
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I am also working on solution to cut around pond. For my use the negatives or concerns are:
How large of material will it cut?
How much an angle will the engine run on?
How far past the tire of the tow vechile does it extend?

I do like the cutter extends past the wheels so it cuts past the wheels.

Might work fine if you have lawn type grass and no major slopes to cut. kt






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 08-11-2008, 13:09 Post: 156015
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Couldn't open that site but Swisher (also sold at Northern) makes a motorized tow mower that's designed to be offset (in order to mow along a fence). That amount of offset wouldn't be quite enough to keep the tractor on solid ground, but you could increase it.






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 08-11-2008, 15:49 Post: 156020
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In the long run, spraying Round Up from an ATV mounted sprayer works best on fence rows. Mowing around a pond with anything unless the ground is very smooth and level is a real challenge. I am dealing with this issue on both pond and fence rows. Tractor Supply sells a nice 25 gallon ATV sprayer that also comes with a spray wand to touch up fence and pond side areas. Round Up is not such a big issue around ponds especially if a little care is taken when spraying. 2-4-D is another story.






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 08-11-2008, 15:55 Post: 156021
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Chief, do you know if Roundup is approved for use IN a pond?

There are a few chemicals that are approved for pond use. Used one this spring that killed much quicker than Roundup would but cost twice or more. Not sure it killed the plant or only the leaves. kt






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 08-11-2008, 16:12 Post: 156022
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I was supposed to click where it said "click here"? Duh.

No. String trimmers have their advantages -- but you don't need any of them for that application, and the cutting width will frustrate you. You could get a ground-driven reel mower that you could hitch offset, but that wouldn't be ideal for your application either. I'd go with a towable rotary mower that has its own small motor. You could devise a hitch with more offset than Swisher's, which is designed just to keep the tractor wheels away from a fence, not away from boggy ground. And you could replace the stock tires with flotation ones.






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You could devise a hitch with more offset than Swisher's, which is designed just to keep the tractor wheels away from a fence, not away from boggy ground. And you could replace the stock tires with flotation ones.



You probably would have to move one set of wheels inside the cutting area so you can cut all the way to water's edge. kt






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 Mowing around a pond

These types of mowers are designed with no lateral flexibility at all, if you are cutting around a pond the ground must be a uniform flat slope or the mower will be so far up in the air it won't cut a thing.

For spraying near an area like a pond the simplest solution is to use a curtain type setup that will prevent the spray from getting to the water itself. We have to deal with this constantly on golf courses and in parks.

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Thank you all for your Sage advice. You have been very helpful.






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