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    Default Which brush hog?

    I bought a Kioti CK30 Shuttleshift and want to know which brand and size brush hog will do the best job for me. I want to clear as much of the small stuff as possible in the woods. Thats underbrush and trees and about 6 acres. I'm not sure on prices either. My budget will be around $1500+/- a few. All info is greatly appreciated. Thank You, fitty

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    Default Re: Which brush hog?

    If you're clearing between tight trees, you'll want something just slightly wider than your tracks. For me, five foot works great in the woods.
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    Default Re: Which brush hog?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigf2fitty View Post
    I bought a Kioti CK30 Shuttleshift and want to know which brand and size brush hog will do the best job for me. I want to clear as much of the small stuff as possible in the woods. Thats underbrush and trees and about 6 acres. I'm not sure on prices either. My budget will be around $1500+/- a few. All info is greatly appreciated. Thank You, fitty
    Your tractor is about the same size as my B7800. I have a 5' Land Pride. I wouldn't go over 5'. Too much wear and tear on this size tractor if one goes bigger. For $1500 you can buy about anything you want in a 5' brush hog. I like my Land Pride RCR1860. Bush Hog would also be a good choice. Bush Hog and Land Pride make premium brush hogs. King Kutters are OK for medium use. I have owned a 5' King Kutter. On the cheaper brush hogs I have always had to have stiffeners welded to the stump jumper. The stump jumper was always too thin and bent easily. With my Land Pride the stump jumper is more than heavy enough. The stump jumper on some brush hogs is it's weakest link. A bent stump jumper is a royal pain in the butt to take off and fix. I've done a few and have grown out of it.

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    Default Re: Which brush hog?

    for that budget you can get a real HD model.. or a medium duty model for about half the money.

    Unless you plan on lots of hd cutting all the time.. i think I'd save the money and get a medium duty model and put the rest of the $$ towards other toys!

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    Default Re: Which brush hog?

    Soundguy is right. I would also like to point out is the slip clutch featured by many manufacturers on the driveline. Shearbolt systems work just fine but take time to make the replacement.
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    yep.. slip clutch would be a nice 100$ upgrade to a 750$ medium duty mower.. way unde rthat 1500$ budget.

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    Default Re: Which brush hog?

    I just bought an LMC "andy" 6' clipper for my Ford 3000. I think the gearbox is the weak link on this model because it's rated at 40 HP.This unit employs the shear bolt. I was thinking of adding a slip clutch. Is it worth it? I have heard that regular maintenance is required, if not the clutch will freeze up.
    Thoughts?

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    Default Re: Which brush hog?

    Quote Originally Posted by crewguy View Post
    I just bought an LMC "andy" 6' clipper for my Ford 3000. I think the gearbox is the weak link on this model because it's rated at 40 HP.This unit employs the shear bolt. I was thinking of adding a slip clutch. Is it worth it? I have heard that regular maintenance is required, if not the clutch will freeze up.
    Thoughts?
    Slip clutches are nice if you're going to do heavy duty brush cutting, or have a tendency to "shave" uneven ground on occasion.

    I've owned 1 bush hog with a shear pin, and 2 with slip clutches. The 1 with a shear bolt never sheared, guess I was careful enough. The 2 with slip clutches never froze up. I imagine they could freeze up if you keep them sitting out in the weather for months between uses. But I don't think it's a problem at all if you keep them out of the weather.

    I always thought slip clutches are better at protecting your drive line and tractor than shear bolts. That's because they can be set to slip at a much lower torque that shear bolts. If shear bolts were weak enough to protect the drive line that well, you would have to buy them by the case. I hear my clutch slipping every time I hit a sizeable ant mound.
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