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    Default belly mower on b7500?

    thinking about selling my 6' finishing mower, and installing a belly mower on kubota b7500. Tractor having a hard time pulling the finishing mower (temp) on hot summer days, also tired of pulling it. Cutting 3-4 acres w/hills. Would a belly mower be easier on my tractor, & will it handle a 6' or do i need to go with 5'? Or would you not recommend at all on belly mower. Thanks for you info.

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    Default Re: belly mower on b7500?

    In what way is it having a hard time pulling the 6ft mower?? If it's a weight issue then you should be ok with a 6ft belly mower. It will be centered underneath the tractor and and balance out nicely with a low center of gravity, plus I think a belly mower will weigh a tad bit less than the same size 3pt hitch mower will.

    If it's a "too little HP" issue, then going to a 6ft belly mower won't make it any better. It sounds like you need to drop down to a 5ft regardless.
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    Default Re: belly mower on b7500?

    I would actually like to go the other direction on my 7610--from Belly to RFM. I have a 5'.

    I get to my house in VT every 2-3 weeks. The grass is quite long by that time and the fact that you're pumping a 5 foot swath worth of grass out of a 18" discharge chute leaves a "windrow" 6 inches deep by 2' wide. Verry unsightly...actually it's a 10' swath worth of grass if you go down and back. A RFM with rear discharge would disburse the clippings more evenly.

    I added GatorBlades and removed the discharge chute...this helped substantially but I still wish I bought a RFM. MMMs are 3x the cost and a PIA to get off and back on.

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    Default Re: belly mower on b7500?

    I use to get a "windrow" too. So I added a bolt to the chute that I used to jack the chut up a little. You have to be careful not to adjust it to high as you might throw something you don't want thrown. I was able to adjust it so the grass spreads out evenly out to 3 or 4 ft.

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    I have always used a RFM. I prefer them over a MMM. Rear discharge mowers used to be the worst for leaving a mess behind the mower. My first RFM mowers were side discharge because of this problem with the rear discharge. They have their act together on the newer rear discharge mowers now and that's the way to go. I have had three RFM mowers. A Caroni 6' side discharge, a Woods 6' side discharge, and my present RFM is a Woods PRD7200 6' rear discharge. The Woods PRD7200 is one of the finest pieces of equipment I have ever owned. I have a ten acre yard.

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    Default Re: belly mower on b7500?

    I prefer the 60" MMM, easier to maneuver, no looking back. Would not own a RFM, unless it was Large flat open acreage, then t would be a bat wing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamBos View Post
    I prefer the 60" MMM, easier to maneuver, no looking back. Would not own a RFM, unless it was Large flat open acreage, then t would be a bat wing.
    After you run a RFM a bit you don't have to look back. You know where the rascal is. Most implements on a tractor aren't mid-mount. And I don't like looking back either.

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    Default Re: belly mower on b7500?

    Tractor having a hard time pulling the finishing mower (temp) on hot summer days,
    You might/will have the same problems with the same sized belly mower. Maybe think of down sizing in mowers.

    Belly mowers are nice for lawns and obstacles to get around. For just mowing the rear one will probably be more versatile.

    How low do you mow and how high is the grass you are mowing and how fast do you mow? Would adjusting these factors help alleviate the overheating problem.
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    Default Re: belly mower on b7500?

    Finish mowers aren't made to cut high grass they are made to cut a lawn. The belt drive on then will not take the load cutting high grass puts on them . If you want to cut high grass use a Rotery Cutter or "Brush Hog as they are Called in these Parts".
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    Default Re: belly mower on b7500?

    A MMM I'd think weighs more than a pull behind...could be wrong.

    HP.How much hill?
    Temp? Clean that screen and radiator off. Compressor with a blower attached works wonderful.

    I mow a lot with my B7500. Happy with the cut, it could be better, but it's 6' at a time and not 48", so I can live with that. I mow up, down around. The temperature always stays in the normal range just as long as I keep the screen and radiator cleaned off.

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