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    Default Which rotary cutter?

    I need a 5-foot rotary cutter (with stumpjumper and shear bolt) for my Ford 8N. May upgrade tractor next year to something like a kubota 2710. Considering Bush Hog SQ600 vs. Woods XT160. I'd appreciate any advice on choosing between these two mowers. (Or should I look at other brands?)


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    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
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    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    I don't know anything about the Woods, but I don't think you can go wrong with the Bush Hog SQ600 (cousin has one that's seen some mighty rough service with no problems).

    Bird

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    Veteran Member gerard's Avatar
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    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    I looked at the SQ600. It was a very decent cutter but I opted for the Bushog razorback soley because of cost. The razorback is considered a light duty but I've been very happy with it. I haven't used a woods so can't comment on that


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    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    I came close to buying a Wood's five foot rotary cutter, only because it is the only brand sold by the dealer where I bought my tractor. Began looking around and pricing. Ended up coming down to a Woods or the Bush Hog SQ600. In talking with another dealer, I asked which was the better, I figured he would know since he sells both brands. He told me he couldn't talk like that BECAUSE he sells both brands. Then he went on to say he personally like the red one (Bush Hog). I bought a Bush Hog SQ600 last week (from a different dealer at $100 less than his price). Played with it a little and worked like a champ, much quieter than I thought it would be (I understand they get noiser as gears and stuff get broken in).

    Ches

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    B2710 w/ loader, LandPride 2572, Bush Hog SQ600

    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    I too have an SQ600. The only complaint I have is the deck is a bit on the thin side. I almost perferated the side of the deck with a rock. This cutter is closer to a medium duty cutter than a light duty cutter. It takes a **** of a lot of abuse and is very smooth. The only time it vibrates is after hitting an obstruction. Foreign objects get caught in the blade swivels and it will want to vibrate. Stopping and removing the foreign matter will fix things.

    Also, whatever rotary cutter you plan to buy, make sure it has some kind of protection banding in the front AND in the back. Make the dealer provide these for you. I didn't and it has cost me $$$ to get the banding. It will cut down on foreign objects being thrown out the back and in the front toward you and your tractor.


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    B2710 KUBOTA. LA401 loader,bush hog rotery mower/box blade. King Kutter tiller,landscape rake,back blade,carryall,boom. homemade plow @ middlebuster,etc. IH TD14 dozer for rough work

    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    sq600 here on a 2710 also. perfect combo. would buy a bush hog again. pricy compared to some but worth the extra money in my opinion


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    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    I have the 6 ft Bush Hog 260, which is classified as a Medium Duty Rotary Cutter. The sides are 1/4 inch plate which helps to keep rocks and blades from coming through the side. I also have chains on the front and rear and they work very well. It is a nice cutter with a 100 HP or so gear box and a slip clutch on the PTO shaft. The blade is 1/2 inch thick, so it will cut almost everything that gets in it's path. Bush Hog makes a nice product and it is priced comparable to other similar brands.


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    Veteran Member gerard's Avatar
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    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    As previously mentioned I don't think you can go wrong with Bushog brand but I was at the Farm and Country the other day and saw a 5ft King Cutter. I didn't get a price (losiento!) but it looked to be a pretty solidly built cutter, I was surprised because Farm and Country carries lower end stuff for the most part. I know it was a lot heavier duty looking than my Bushhog Razorback.


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    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    To follow up on Gerards' comments, i own a 4 foot King Kutter, purchased at Farm and Country, and for the $ it has worked well. Mine was $520, 5 footer is I think $30 more. Not at all fancy, but seems to work fine.


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    Default Re: Which rotary cutter?

    I've been using a 5 foot King Kutter for 5 years and have not had one problem with it. I've sharpened the blades once. I bushhog up to 30 acres several times a year. No frills but couldn't beat it for the price and has never let me down. Probably will buy a 6 footer now. And paint it orange!


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