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    Default The best grooming mower

    Hi everyone, this is my first post, very happy to be here you guys seem to have a great forum. I am sitting on 7 acres in Oklahoma about 50 percent flat and the rest very hilly. This month I am picking up a JD 2720 and I need to make a decision on which 72'' grooming mower to go with. Here is what I have narrowed it down to. Please guide me, much appreciated.

    Please click the link for more info on each deck.

    John Deere Frontier GM30

    Land Pride FDR25

    Bush Hog RDTH

    Woods PRD7200

    Here are a few pics of my land during a flood.







    My pistol range.



    Uprooted tree from flood storm.


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    Default Re: The best grooming mower

    Personally I like the Woods PRD7200 RFM, and not just because I own one. It's a very ruggedly built mower (and the heaviest of those 4), leaves a very nice groomed cut which I feel is better than that of a MMM, and it's the same exact model as the Frontier GM1072R RFM except JD just repaints them green and puts their own stickers on them.

    Runner, another member here, has the GM1072R and uses it behind a 2520. He has no problem powering the mower, and I think the only issue he has run into is keeping traction because of the size and weight of the mower.

    Those are some wild flood pictures BTW.
    2006 JD 3320 PowrReverser w/ 300cx Loader, 61" HD Bucket w/ Toothbar, Horst Fixed Forks, IMatch, Ballast Box, Filled R4's, Vertical Exhaust, Warning Light Brush Guards, Auxiliary Forward Lighting Kit, Rear Work Light, 68" Ratchet Rake, & a Woods PRD7200 Finish Mower
    2004 JD Gator 6x4
    67' Gravely L8
    69' Gravely 432
    75' Gravely 810
    77' Gravely Professional 5460
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    Default Re: The best grooming mower

    Would some suitcase weight on the front help with any traction issues?

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    Default Re: The best grooming mower

    wow, I can't believe that tree pulled out of the ground
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlesaf3 View Post
    wow, I can't believe that tree pulled out of the ground
    Yea that was pretty nuts.

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    Default Re: The best grooming mower

    I have the Woods PRD8400 and love it. So I vote for the Woods. 3 seasons of cutting 15 acres every week and no problems. I switch to sharpened blades half-way through each summer and the cut remains excellant. Mine is a rear discharge.
    Grand L3940 HST, Wallenstein BX62 chipper, Woods GTR72 tiller, Woods BH90-X backhoe, 724 FEL, forks, 1000lb PTO rotary spreader, Woods PRD8400 finish mower, Leinbach 7' landscape rake, United 7' box blade, Pequea 80 bushel manure spreader, Woods 7' Brush Hog.

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    Default Re: The best grooming mower

    Anyone have any experience with Sitrex?

    Also looking at this model.

    Sitrex sm180

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    Default Re: The best grooming mower

    Land Pride what a mower...
    When you are looking, a few thing to consider:
    The front and rear wheels are offset so they do not track in the same place.

    Check for easy access to check & service the belt drive area.

    Rear discharge is best for me...

    You might also look into solid gage wheels or foam filling the regular ones.
    KennyV
    Like your shooting backstop... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKCHEF View Post
    Would some suitcase weight on the front help with any traction issues?
    Don't quote me, but I believe "Runner" has to mow with the loader on the tractor, as well as dual wheel weights on each rear wheel, just to get enough workable traction.
    2006 JD 3320 PowrReverser w/ 300cx Loader, 61" HD Bucket w/ Toothbar, Horst Fixed Forks, IMatch, Ballast Box, Filled R4's, Vertical Exhaust, Warning Light Brush Guards, Auxiliary Forward Lighting Kit, Rear Work Light, 68" Ratchet Rake, & a Woods PRD7200 Finish Mower
    2004 JD Gator 6x4
    67' Gravely L8
    69' Gravely 432
    75' Gravely 810
    77' Gravely Professional 5460
    81' Gravely 8173-KT
    99' Gravely 20-G
    06' Ram 3500 DRW 4x4 5.9 Cummins

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    Default Re: The best grooming mower

    you may want to have a look at one of these. a lot safer and a very good cuthttp://www.agrisupply.com/flail-mower-73-width-with-pto-shaft/p/30837/cn/2000019/

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