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 06-19-2006, 15:20 Post: 131037
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I would like to purchase a very durable tractor or zero-radious type mower to cut 5 to 7 acres. Unfortunately, the terrain is rough (rocks, etc.) in many locations, so, I must often raise and lower the blades, etc. I realize nothing is designed to mow rocks, but, I need something that is best suited to take the occassional and unavoidable punishment from such terrain. I like the finish look, so, a bush hog doesn't seem to be the solution. Any recommendations?






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 06-19-2006, 15:39 Post: 131039
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I would recommend that you contact the local dealer of your choice. After the sale service is what you should seek with the type of area you are mowing. Alot of rocks mean a lot of service.






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 06-19-2006, 16:12 Post: 131040
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Sheep.






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 06-19-2006, 16:58 Post: 131042
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Sheep. Good one.

How would be able to tell a finish cut from a rough cut when it comes cutting over rocks and lifting too to avoid damage---which is going to happen with either cutter? You might be looking at a very expensive flail mower, but even that will take some $ for flails. And a zero turn...better buy a kidney belt and keep money aside for new blades, spindles and a deck, not to mention a new frame and casters (depending on the heavy-duty COMMERCIAL model you but, not some ExMark from Home Depot). Even in a 2,000lb. tractor you are going to get the ride of your life.






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 06-20-2006, 09:17 Post: 131084
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I appreciate the responses. However, my quest is to obtain an objective recommendation regarding a type of mowing device that is less susceptible to damage caused by protruding rocks. I fully realize that rocks can, and do damage all mowers of any kind. Nevertheless, my hope is that certain types of mowers are more durable under these circumstances than others, and perhaps are somewhat less costly to repair when damaged. The key word here is "objectivity" since I am not seeking a "local dealer" who simply wants to sell their product.






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 06-20-2006, 09:56 Post: 131086
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I suppose you could gather up a herd of kids and pick the rocks.

That's how my grandpa used to do it.






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 06-20-2006, 10:21 Post: 131088
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Sorry, I did'nt mean to be a smart alek with my answer of using sheep to mow around and over the rocks. Other than clearing the rocks ahead of the machine like Drankin said I don't think a mower with front yard quality of cut is made by anyone that would stand many rocks. Even the heaviest of bush hog types will soon cost a lot to maintain with lots of rocks. Frank.






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 06-20-2006, 10:30 Post: 131089
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SK: Perhaps you're confusing "objectivity" with "r-e-a-l-i-t-y". The reality is you're not going to find a mower in any price range that will withstand the punishment you want to mete out. And nobody's trying to get a sale from this either if you are referring to getting know your dealer. What he meant was--tonque-in-cheek--you will be spending a lot time and money at the dealer for parts regardless of who buy from or what it is---it will be trashed.






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 06-20-2006, 10:42 Post: 131090
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I'd just bush hog it. No, they won't stand continual mowing of rocks and stumps, but it is the best for the situation you have.

For a 5' bush hog you'll need at least a 25 hp tractor.

As far as the finished look...if you set it up right, a rough cut mower will do an adequate job. I've seen lots of people that cut a big area around their house with a bush hog, then finish mow a small yard. Not a golf course, but still looks fine.

While you're at it, just carry a sledgehammer and pry bar with you when mowing; each time, break off a few rocks, or pry them up and carry them off. In a few seasons you'll have it cleared.

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How large are the rocks that you wish to mow over and how much do they project above the ground?






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