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    Default 7' Bush Hog vs Woods rotary mower

    looking to buy either 297 series Bush Hog or Woods Brush Bull extreme (bb840x) (both 7') rotary mower....both seem comparable on specs/weight.....Woods around $300 more. your preference & why on either? how does the quick change blade pin work on the Woods? thanks bb

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    Default Re: 7' Bush Hog vs Woods rotary mower

    With bush hogs good name at stake, and Wood's reputation for gearbox trouble on their larger mowers, I would have to seriously consider the Bush Hog's mower.
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    Default Re: 7' Bush Hog vs Woods rotary mower

    thanks sandman, just the feedback I'm looking for.....am leaning in the same direction myself though wasn't aware of gearbox issues w/woods. bb

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    Default Re: 7' Bush Hog vs Woods rotary mower

    If I remember correctly, Farmwithjunk is the one that mentioned gearbox problems with the larger batwing type mowers from Woods. However, if they can't build a gearbox for a batwiing, what makes you think that the "heavy duty" mowers are going to be any better. Get my drift???
    I am just passing on a general impression, from reading a few posts on TBN.
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    Default Re: 7' Bush Hog vs Woods rotary mower

    BB not sure if you have a Brown dealer in your area, but if you do I would take a look at the Brown 484 model or the tougher 684 model it's a beast. These aren't the tree cutter versions, just some mighty tough cutters.

    I'm not a real big fan of 7' cutters....... but they are cheaper then a twin spindle 8' model.

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    Default Re: 7' Bush Hog vs Woods rotary mower

    I won't even consider owning another Woods mower. And it was a BB840 that prompted my poor opinion of their product(s). I had issues with the gearbox, paint, 3-point hitch framework, and Woods failure to honor warranty. Less than 2 seasons of use and it was literally JUNK.

    The Bush Hog 28X and 29X series mowers are UNDER rated. They meet or exceed my expectations of a heavier duty rated mower. I've logged 4-1/2 seasons of use on the Bush Hog mower (287) that replaced the Woods BB840. It still runs like the day I first bought it.

    IMHO, it's not even a question which one I'd buy.
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    Default Re: 7' Bush Hog vs Woods rotary mower

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmwithjunk View Post
    I won't even consider owning another Woods mower. And it was a BB840 that prompted my poor opinion of their product(s). I had issues with the gearbox, paint, 3-point hitch framework, and Woods failure to honor warranty. Less than 2 seasons of use and it was literally JUNK.

    The Bush Hog 28X and 29X series mowers are UNDER rated. They meet or exceed my expectations of a heavier duty rated mower. I've logged 4-1/2 seasons of use on the Bush Hog mower (287) that replaced the Woods BB840. It still runs like the day I first bought it.

    IMHO, it's not even a question which one I'd buy.
    Thread's a little old, but I got to defend my Brush Bull! I've owned a BB600 for 6 or 7 years now and haven't had one bit of trouble out of it. I've punished it working in the woods a lot and it stands up to the test every time. I can use it to knock down and chew up hardwoods in the morning and then mow the lawn in the afternoon (I don't use it to mow our lawn, but the cut quality is good enough to do it). Mine sites out in the weather and the paint is holding up great.

    I've owned and operated other cutters, but this Brushbull is by far the best!
    I don't really know about these problems a few other guys have had, but mines been flawless and I haven't babied it at all.
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