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    Default older 5' cutter or new 6'

    Hi, I am in the market for a new cutter to replace my old 6' one. I am trying to decide between a USED bush hog 285 or a NEW Rhino172 or Woods bb72x. The 285 is in pretty good condition ( a little faded) and is more than 5 years old (guessing around 8 yrs.). The price difference is at around $900 between the new ones and the used one. I cut 2" or so sapplings sometimes, otherwise just a mix of brush. The old cutter is only a 5 footer but rated as a heavier duty than the new ones. All have slip clutches. new ones have warrenty, 6 foot cutters, but lighter duty. (1 1/2 cutting capacity). I have a case dx 40 tractor. any thoughts??? Thanks for any input!! Griz.

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    Default Re: older 5' cutter or new 6'

    Of the ones you list I'd buy the Rhino. It has 10 guage steel and a gearbox rated up to 65 hp. Also extra foot.
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    Even if you have to wait a little longer try to buy new. You yourself say not sure of 285's age, and this coming from a Bushhog owner. If you go the new route check the gearbox oil yourself and don't take dealers word. Just my
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    Default Re: older 5' cutter or new 6'

    look on craigslist too.. might find a used HD 6 for cheaper... that size tractor needs a 6 really..

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    Default Re: older 5' cutter or new 6'

    if i was you id buy a new bushhog 286 shredder,you wont be sorry.itll be money well spent.

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    Default Re: older 5' cutter or new 6'

    So, it sounds like a 6 footer is the way to go. I will check out the price of the new 286's but i don't think i can quite afford one. (I know i would love it) I have kind of been leaning towards the rhino. A dealer still has last years on the lot and says the new ones are going to be about $400 more. Maybe just a line I don't know. griz

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    Default Re: older 5' cutter or new 6'

    well you can get their price.an then tell them you want their bottom $ cash price an see if it suits you.the dealer knocked $400 off the price of my bushhogg 286 because he remembered what happened over $400 the last time i delt with him.

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    Default Re: older 5' cutter or new 6'

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbull338 View Post
    well you can get their price.an then tell them you want their bottom $ cash price an see if it suits you.the dealer knocked $400 off the price of my bushhogg 286 because he remembered what happened over $400 the last time i delt with him.
    good point. does anyone think a jd 609 at 1200 lbs would be too much for my tractor? case dx40 thanks jp

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    If it were me, I would purchase a new 6 footer. Best wishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    good point. does anyone think a jd 609 at 1200 lbs would be too much for my tractor? case dx40 thanks jp
    i've no doubt it will lift 1200# on the rear lift...

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