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    Default Large Area Mowing

    Looking for a tow behind, PTO driven mower for a kubota L5030 or a L3430. Need to cut 50 acres of fairly rough terrain, mostly grass. Looked at the Land Pride line among others. Not sure I need 12' swath, maybe 10' would do??

    I'm used to cutting fairways and greens so looking for suggestions? The Land Pride RC2512 says a minimum of 50 hp is required, I assume my 5030 would work or would that be undersized?

    Oh, there's lots of forums here, if I'm in the wrong one point me in the right direction. Thanks

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    Default Re: Large Area Mowing

    Terrain is rough, so how smooth of a cut are you expecting? Would a regular bush hog suffice?

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    I'll be cutting around 5". I've got a 6' bush hog, that cuts a bit rougher than I'd like and its too slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golfsuper View Post
    I'll be cutting around 5". I've got a 6' bush hog, that cuts a bit rougher than I'd like and its too slow.
    What you see is what you are going to get with a 10 or 12 ft. bush hog..it will give you the same cut as the 6 ft. You may be looking for the look a Finish Mower would give you but keep in mind , a Finish Mower is not a bush hog...it has belts and is not meant to cut high grass or worse...So if you go finish mower you will first have to bush hog the area lower than 5 inches and then use your finish mower on a regular basis , like every 2 weeks to maintain it , if you wait longer and it gets higher you will ruin you finish mower trying to do bush hog work..
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    Default Re: Large Area Mowing

    Quote Originally Posted by golfsuper View Post
    Looking for a tow behind, PTO driven mower for a kubota L5030 or a L3430. Need to cut 50 acres of fairly rough terrain, mostly grass. Looked at the Land Pride line among others. Not sure I need 12' swath, maybe 10' would do??

    I'm used to cutting fairways and greens so looking for suggestions? The Land Pride RC2512 says a minimum of 50 hp is required, I assume my 5030 would work or would that be undersized?

    Oh, there's lots of forums here, if I'm in the wrong one point me in the right direction. Thanks
    Your in the right area so this is not a problem.
    If you do not mind buying used equipment perhaps used flail shredder with the scoop knives would be a better buy for the work

    For what you are doing a 10 -12 foot flail shredder would do very nicely and leave you with zero stubble to deal with. The wide scoop knives of a flail chopper would serve you very very well with very low maintenance.
    As you are familiar with flailmowers the flail shredder is even easier to own and operate.

    There are lot of nice used ones on tractor house.

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    Default Re: Large Area Mowing

    yep.. 5" is getting high for a finish mower.. and that will eat hp.

    sounds like it needs to be hogged, then kept finish mowed. ( man that's alot of mowing for not using a 12-15-20' wide mower

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    I wondered about a flail mower, no real experience with them. A finish mower wouldn't hold up to the terrain, I thought the wider bush hog type would provide at least a more even cut then a 6' unit. I'll check out the flail. Thanks.

    This is a little like the fishing forum I frequent. Ask a question get 5 different opinions and you're more confused then when you started

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    Default Re: Large Area Mowing

    Yup. We aim to confuse.

    Not sure what your tractor is rated for hp, I sure can't see 50 hp running a 12 foot hog???? Possibly an 8 foot, more likely a 7 foot? The highway crews run 15 foot models, and use 150hp or bigger tractors.

    I run a 12 foot flail mower with 60 hp, and would not want any less hp - I can bog it down, but it runs fast enough to need to hang on to the trctor. But I think a good flail might do more of what you want than a hog. Flail doesn't like rocks and stumps very well, your rough ground is just rough, not obstructions?

    Now, for my soapbox, which you can please totally disregard. Why would someone want to mow 50 acres just ot mow it? Put that land to some use - rent it for hay making, or crops or something. Go native and let prairie grow on it. Pasture it with critters. Sure seems wasteful to me to mow 50 acres for no gain. I farm for a living, I have a 8 acre wet area that I still float a small tractor and hay mower over it, make hay off of it even if it's not the best hay, just can't stand to waste land, it's all so valuable for growing feed/food. Can't imagine just mowing 50 acres for nothing.

    There, I feel better. Off my soapbox. You might have fire issues and need to keep it down, or it's just yours, you can do whatever you want with it, none of my business.

    Without knowing the situation, I think perhaps you need to look at 50 acres of wild territiory a little differently than you look at a golf course, and let it be a little tangled and uneven. The flail mower might work a tad closer to what you want, but I don't think you can actually do exactly what you want - rough ground and smooth lawn just doesn't add up.

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    Default Re: Large Area Mowing

    Just a guess on my part, but his name is Golfsuper. Maybe this is for a golf course and while not part of the course of play, they might want it to look halfway nice.
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    Default Re: Large Area Mowing

    I would go with a bush hog 10-12ft. Ive done alot of mowing like you are talking about level (flat) rough, steep, with and with out objects(stumps,rocks etc....). The 10-12ft models work fine , just keep your blades in good condition and adjust your hieght to a low cut that suits you and go. Ive done it alot even in my yard with a7ft 3pth. Before u say Im nuts my yard is fairly large,and my regular yard tractor was down, (wife,BOSS wanted it mowed) I finished trimming after mowing with the 7ft etc.... it turned out fairly well to my likeing that I do it every now and then to save time.I think you would be ok with a bush hog as to what brand ?????? its your money, I like John deere,MX ,HX series. just my 0.02cts have a good 1!

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