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  1. #11
    Gold Member shade2u2's Avatar
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    Location
    Ohio
    Tractor
    NH TC33D

    Default Re: Rear Finish Mowers - Looking for Info

    I also have questions about finish mowers...
    1 - Will my NH TC33D handle a 7' mower for 2-4 acres of mostly flat ground? I do (will) have quite a few trees on 1/2 of this area to mow around...
    2 - Anyone have thoughts about a Woods RM8400 rear discharge? I found a used one that is 1 - 2 years old & supposedly only used a few hours. They say $1850 new but haven't quoted me what they want yet...???

  2. #12
    Veteran Member
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    Location
    South-central Michigan
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    New Holland TC40D

    Default Re: Rear Finish Mowers - Looking for Info

    I'd say you'll be at the max allowable for your TC33. Ask your NH dealer what he thinks. I think you'll be OK as long as you're not letting the grass get too high. Otherwise you may need to slow down drastically. Mowers don't do as good of a job getting rid of the choppings (as opposed to a rotary cutter) and so if there's too much it really bogs down.

  3. #13

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
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    Location
    Caledonia, MI
    Tractor
    TC40D w/ss

    Default Re: Rear Finish Mowers - Looking for Info

    Shade2u2,
    I have a RD8400, and mow about 2 1/2 acres. I think the lowest pto hp for that mower is 25. You should be okay as long as the grass isn't wet, long etc. And maybe even then.
    I used to mow with a Farmall 230, it supposedly (when factory new) has 28-29 hp. Well it smoked quite a bit and still mowed anything I threw at it. I wouldn't worry too much.

    Nick

  4. #14
    Gold Member shade2u2's Avatar
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    Ohio
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    NH TC33D

    Default Re: Rear Finish Mowers - Looking for Info

    Nicklan,
    Thanx for the info. I think that I am going to lean toward a 6' unit - hopefully rear discharge if I can find a good deal on one.
    Does anyone have any experience or opinion regarding a Farmking rear discharge vs. Landpride, Woods, or BrushHog? I assume that the Farmking is lighter built... The local Landpride dealer says that the housing area is higher on the 25xx mowers for better mulching action when compared to the 15xx series or other lower end models...???

  5. #15

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    Location
    Central Florida
    Tractor
    None: Sold Kubota L3410 HST 4WD

    Default Re: Rear Finish Mowers - Looking for Info

    As I said above, I have a BEFCO and would recommend it. It is built like a tank. I'm on my 4th season of mowing and it does a fanstastic job.
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  6. #16
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    S.E. Wisconsin

    Default Re: Rear Finish Mowers - Looking for Info

    I looked locally at Woods, Land Pride and King Kutter mowers. The first two are definitely in a different league compared to the KK, but also cost a lot more. Based upon feedback on the First Choice, and a guarantee that I could return the unit for a refund (minus shipping) if I didn't like the unit, I bought a First Choice cutter from Sweet Tractors.
    I just received the unit and gave it a quick once over. Looks like a high quality piece. If it works as good as it looks, I'd say it is cerainly worth the money. Depending on the weather, I hope to give it a trial run this wekend.
    Dave

  7. #17

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    Central Florida
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    None: Sold Kubota L3410 HST 4WD

    Default Re: Rear Finish Mowers - Looking for Info

    Dave,

    Mind telling us how much you paid? How much was shipping? Can you post a pic of the mower?

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Rear Finish Mowers - Looking for Info

    I bought the 60" mower. The cost was $999, shipping was $94. No sales tax because of out of state purchase.
    Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera (really want one though). The orange color matches the tractor very well. Paint finish is very good as well. The floating 3 point mount system appears to be a direct knock off of the Land Pride Air Tunnel series. I got the air tires and they are nice, 11x4.00 with bearing hubs and turf tread design. Deck thickness is not quite 3/16" but is greater than 5/32".
    I know Carver's sells these, but not sure of the price.
    Dave

  9. #19
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    Location
    Central Arkansas
    Tractor
    New Holland TC45D

    Default Only problem with Befco

    I have a 72" Rear Discharge that is 7 years old. I had terrible time keeping tires up until I put tubes in them. Next is the shafts that the wheel assembly spins on, they keep bending. I have had them straightened 5 or 6 times. They are now so bad they will have to be replaced. I am looking for a new mower and am considering the Woods 6' or 7'. I love the RM990 7.5 foot, just think it will be to large for my uneven terrain. I want to look at the Bush Hog brand before making up my mind. Any comments?

  10. #20

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    Mar 2001
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    Location
    Southwest Indiana north of Evansville
    Tractor
    NH TC45D

    Default Re: Only problem with Befco

    Duckhunter:

    I am using a Bush Hog Brand 6' rear discharge finish mower (RDTH). Have used it little over a year to cut about 8.5 acres of yard with no troubles. Also use it to cut 6 acres next door about 5 times a year.

    Indiana Paul

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