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    Default bush hog

    this may be a dumb question but I have a 36hp tractor and am looking at a 5 foot roughcot cutter bush hog style will my tractor handle it?

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    Default Re: bush hog

    yep.. with spades...

    my 1952 ford 8n handles a 5' mower.. and it HAD 27 hp.. when it was built.. 61 years ago.

    you COULD be in ld 6' teritory if you wanted.

    I've run 6' mowers with 1954 -1957 NAA and 600 series fords. again.. 33hp 50something ys ago..

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    Default Re: bush hog

    I second that. More than enough HP

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    Default Re: bush hog

    Got a tractor about the same size as yours and run a 5 footer with no problems. Actually the smaller tractors are easier to maneuver in fields near woods. Anything your bush hog can handle your tractor can also handle.

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    Default Re: bush hog

    If it starts boggin down in thick grass, move over a little, you don't have to cut the full width.

    I had a 7 footer on a 40 hp, did OK.

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    Default Re: bush hog

    thanks guys theres one here on cl for 200$ needs tlc but I dont mint fixin it for that price

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    I had a B2920hst. PTO was about 21 hp I think. I ran a 6' brush hog with no problems. Would I recommend this, absolutely not. It's what I could get my hands on at the moment and I took my time cutting. I then was able to use a 4' brush hog and it was amazing whipping it around.

    I now have a L3540hst (37hp PTO 30hp) I won't hesitate at all using the 6'. Your tractor will handle the 5' with ease. As with anything you use. Use it properly and take your time when learning the implement.

    I have to quote a guy on here "if its worth doing, it's worth doing right".

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    Default Re: bush hog

    Quote Originally Posted by boxorox View Post
    thanks guys theres one here on cl for 200$ needs tlc but I dont mint fixin it for that price
    go for it.

    I have a few 0-200$ hogs i bought cheap / free.. did some welding or fabbed up some parts.. seals.. lube.. etc.. paint and they cut just fine.

    and in the bad jobs cutting sticks and rocks.. those ar e the ones I back in first with.. not the more spendy ones.

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    Default Re: bush hog

    From what I've been told, you want 5 PTO horsepower for every foot of implement.

    So, if you have 30 PTO hp, then a 6' implement will be fine. However, I've also seen that, depending on the implement and environmental conditions, you can adjust that ratio down (say for a finish mower on grass you can go like 4 PTO hp per foot) ... or you should raise it up (say you're using a tiller in very hard soil, or brush hogging down some crazy thick stuff - then you might want to to 6-7 PTO hp per foot).

    That's what I've been told anyhow...
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    Massey = 462 hrs @ 4/27/15

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    Default Re: bush hog

    thanks guys I had a guy give me a 5 foot panther that was rusted out but gearbox was good and so was tail wheel so I bought a 5 foot andy500 and I have an extra gear box from the panther as they seem to be the same gearbox I just finished my first job it worked great except on the palmettos as they bogged it down a little. I bid on 2 more jobs,

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