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    Thank you for your business. HayDR

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    depending on your horsepower, the 190 in my opinion is the best option, the bigger the better! Us here at CCM have been selling that design since 1982, and they are very durable and gaurunteed not to clog up and will mow as fast as you can stay on the tractor seat! we sold over 250 last year alone!
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    Default Re: Drum Mowers

    Quote Originally Posted by MotorSeven View Post
    Cossack, I can love my HayMax 165( I assume the HayMag is the same mower?..looks identical). I am on my second year haying 40 ac(we do 3-4 cuts a season) and it has exceeded my expectations. Blade changes(6) take 5 min and are reversible so you get double duty out of them and cost less than 2 bucks a piece. I have a 40 horse HST and can mow in high range if the pasture is smooth.
    You will have to tedder your hay as drums and disc mowers pile it up in rows that have to be scattered to dry.
    disc mowers don't pill the hay up in rows

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    Default Re: Drum Mowers

    How do drum mowers condition the hay? I would be interested in one (to replace a sicklebar mo-co), but with our weather, the hay has to be conditioned or it wont dry before it rains again.

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    Default Re: Drum Mowers

    there is no conditioning the hay with a drum mower, sorry
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    Default Re: Drum Mowers

    I bought the 6' drum from SFI. Getting used to it. It's heavy and takes a little heft to get it changed from the stow to operate position but not all that bad. Getting the PTO out of the way for that is a bit of a pain, but tolerable.

    It is very smooth and quiet considering the drums are turning at a very high speed. Cuts nice and as stated will cut just as fast as you choose to drive. I have mine set up for the 3" cutting height and this is just right. Cuts good and smooth, but doesn't scalp and leaves a nice stubble for regrowth.

    Does a good job following ditches, pool/pond dams, and uneven terrain....within reason...I mean the tilt of the drums from the tractor position is like 15 degrees up or down. The 6' weighs a little over 900# and when in the operate position and drums are not on the ground, a light front end tractor might have some left front wheel lifting concerns. I have 4wd with FEL and it works fine. It doesn't take a lot of hp to run. My 57 pto is more than ample.

    6' isn't very wide but I have a small place and it does fine in the tight spots where a larger machine would cause me problems. I have my tractor wheelbase set up for 6' also so I just line up on the windrow from the previous cut and get a nice smooth cut.

    I shopped for something to cut hay without having to use a sickle or haybine. Had looked at quite few used discs but were more than I wanted to pay and I didn't like all the moving parts....my choice. My disc runs off 3 parallel drive belts, has an oil sump for the gearbox that drives the drums, and has 3 zerks...2 year warranty. Can't beat that, for me anyway.

    Would I do it again? Yes, in a heartbeat.

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    Default Re: Drum Mowers

    Quote Originally Posted by aczlan View Post
    How do drum mowers condition the hay? I would be interested in one (to replace a sicklebar mo-co), but with our weather, the hay has to be conditioned or it wont dry before it rains again.

    Aaron Z
    For conditioning, your need is a disc mower with conditioner. Neither drum nor sickle mower does conditioning.

    I read somewhere above in that someone says haymax or whatever their names there are (originally all Turkay machines) are nr 1 sale in the world. Well, in Turkey, maybe, there are more than hundreds of drum mower manufacturers as it has been popular mower in last 2-3 decades here and I know some mfgs selling twice quantity more than that nr 1 in the world. Quality? Well, I know a small mfg who sells very small quantity, but, their quality is better than those nr 1s. I know of some small workshops who get components from part manufacturers (they are another mfgs) who make modified mowers according to each customer demand.

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