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    Default Brown Mfg rotary cutters

    I looking at Brown Mfg rotary cutters - specifically the 410 & 670 series. I've emailed them attempting to find a local dealer. Does anybody have experience using this brand and are there local dealers or do you go directly to the factory in Georgia?

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    I have the older version of the Brown 416 rotary cutter, it's called the 472. They are incredibly well made and perform as expected. I haven't had mine too long yet, I just got it last fall. I moved up from a light duty Woods cutter and it is absolutely night and day.

    They are very comparable to the Bush Hog 296 rotary cutters, which are considered by many to be the 'best', one main difference with the Brown is it uses thicker steel for the deck. It is a very heavy duty rotary cutter even though they call it a 'medium duty' I believe?

    I posted a thread on here not too long ago regarding my 472 and my experience with Brown, but it didn't get any responses. I believe Brown would be one of the most sought after cutters if they had some better marketing. Many people have never heard of them and are hesitant to go with a company they don't know about.

    I'm not sure what the lift capacity is on the M6040, but you are probably right at the minimum limit (maybe even below it?) for the recommended hp of the 670 series.

    Brown rates the 410 series as 2" cut capacity, but as mentioned before, it is very comparable to the Bush Hog 296 series which are rated around 3 or 3.5" if I remember correctly. Since the Brown cutter is slightly heavier duty than the Bush Hog, it is certainly "under" rated as far as cut capacity goes.

    I would call their main number listed on the website and talk with them, they will tell you all about the local dealers and anything about the cutters you want to know. I have a local dealer that I never even knew was a Brown dealer. I've found them very helpful with questions in the past.
    I'll try to find my old threads regarding Brown in case you haven't seen them.

    You would absolutely be impressed by these cutters, they are incredibly tough, yet with a fast blade tip speed give a nice finish as well, not lawn mower finish, but better than some other's I've seen.
    Kubota L4610 and John Deere 410 - WR Long 64" Grapple (best attachment ever!) QA front forks, rear forks, Brown 472 HD Rotary Mower, Land Pride RBT4096 hydro blade, Woods 7200 Power Rake, homemade 3 pt log splitter, Land Pride rake/blade combo, Land Pride HRL 3578 box blade (Hydro scarifiers), Shaver SC50 3 pt. Stumpgrinder, FitRiteHydraulics TnT, 6" Vermeer PTO Chipper (Hydro feed), Disc Plow, Ratchet Rake, LP HD25 Hydraulic PHD, Woodmizer LT15 portable sawmill
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    Kubota L4610 and John Deere 410 - WR Long 64" Grapple (best attachment ever!) QA front forks, rear forks, Brown 472 HD Rotary Mower, Land Pride RBT4096 hydro blade, Woods 7200 Power Rake, homemade 3 pt log splitter, Land Pride rake/blade combo, Land Pride HRL 3578 box blade (Hydro scarifiers), Shaver SC50 3 pt. Stumpgrinder, FitRiteHydraulics TnT, 6" Vermeer PTO Chipper (Hydro feed), Disc Plow, Ratchet Rake, LP HD25 Hydraulic PHD, Woodmizer LT15 portable sawmill
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    Default Re: Brown Mfg rotary cutters

    Piston,
    Thank you much for the info and threads. I've read the first before but not the second. I checked the M6040 specs, again, against the Brown 670 series and you hit the nail right on the head. The 670 exceeds my tractors specs - and now that I look closer, my pocketbook!! If there is a dealer in my area I will certainly be checking the Brown 410 series. Have a good evening and again thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oosik View Post
    The 670 exceeds my tractors specs - and now that I look closer, my pocketbook!!
    They're certainly not cheap that's for sure! I probably wouldn't have bought a brand new one at the time, if I hadn't found a used one. However, now that I have had mine and put some hours on using it in the woods (I don't mow fields often) I would, without a doubt, Splurge for a new one. I'm even thinking of selling mine and putting some money with it to buy a new 416, just because its quick hitch compatible where mine isn't, also, I don't have chains and would order the new one with front and rear chains.
    Kubota L4610 and John Deere 410 - WR Long 64" Grapple (best attachment ever!) QA front forks, rear forks, Brown 472 HD Rotary Mower, Land Pride RBT4096 hydro blade, Woods 7200 Power Rake, homemade 3 pt log splitter, Land Pride rake/blade combo, Land Pride HRL 3578 box blade (Hydro scarifiers), Shaver SC50 3 pt. Stumpgrinder, FitRiteHydraulics TnT, 6" Vermeer PTO Chipper (Hydro feed), Disc Plow, Ratchet Rake, LP HD25 Hydraulic PHD, Woodmizer LT15 portable sawmill
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    Default Re: Brown Mfg rotary cutters

    If you are in the woods most of the time why get the rear chains. Do the chain sets do anything beyond reducing the flying debris? I can definitely see the front set - keep the operator from getting whacked. Where I live a person getting whacked from flying debris while I mowed/brushed would have to have a death wish. My nearest neighbor is 3.5 miles from me - as the crow flies & over 5.0 miles by road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oosik View Post
    If you are in the woods most of the time why get the rear chains. Do the chain sets do anything beyond reducing the flying debris? I can definitely see the front set - keep the operator from getting whacked. Where I live a person getting whacked from flying debris while I mowed/brushed would have to have a death wish. My nearest neighbor is 3.5 miles from me - as the crow flies & over 5.0 miles by road.
    In your case, I guess there isn't much need for rear chains!

    It's not my neighbors I worry about, but rather my family walking up to me when I'm not expecting it.
    Kubota L4610 and John Deere 410 - WR Long 64" Grapple (best attachment ever!) QA front forks, rear forks, Brown 472 HD Rotary Mower, Land Pride RBT4096 hydro blade, Woods 7200 Power Rake, homemade 3 pt log splitter, Land Pride rake/blade combo, Land Pride HRL 3578 box blade (Hydro scarifiers), Shaver SC50 3 pt. Stumpgrinder, FitRiteHydraulics TnT, 6" Vermeer PTO Chipper (Hydro feed), Disc Plow, Ratchet Rake, LP HD25 Hydraulic PHD, Woodmizer LT15 portable sawmill
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    Default Re: Brown Mfg rotary cutters

    I must explain. I'm all by myself out here. People park in my yard and its a half mile walk to the closest place where I will be using the cutter. Folks have learned to call before they make the trip so I'll be around the house. Otherwise they can draw straws to see who gets to make the walk or they can leave. I really appreciate your time and answers in an area that I'm just venturing into. I will be mowing a portion of my property( 5-10 acres)to reduce the dry grass -fuel load - in case of late summer wild fires. Unfortunately this situation has become much more of a concern in the last thirty years that I've been on the property.

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