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    I went with a 8' rigid. Anything bigger than that will be a real pain to haul an for sure will scalp. I still like my batwing. The mx8 will be easy for her to use. I ordered a pull type. I have not sen very many pull the, mostly 3 point.

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    Default Re: Rotary cutter, batwing or fixed?? Pros and cons??

    Quote Originally Posted by ddivinia View Post
    I went with a 8' rigid. Anything bigger than that will be a real pain to haul an for sure will scalp. I still like my batwing. The mx8 will be easy for her to use. I ordered a pull type. I have not sen very many pull the, mostly 3 point.

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    In an 8', why did you think you wanted pull type??
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    Much easier to set mow height with a donut on the hydraulic ram. Leave it in float 99% of the time and pick it up when needed.

    Drive around and mow. Pretty mindless. Sometimes we take for granted running a 3 point height wise.

    Also easy to hook up.

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    Default Re: Rotary cutter, batwing or fixed?? Pros and cons??

    Rhino used to make (and still may, for all I know) a 13'10" shredder that was intended for shredding stalks in a field, such as milo or corn stalks. 13'10" worked out to a perfect 4 row shredder. It was never intended to mow hilly uneven pastures where scalping would be an issue. For that type of work I'd much rather have a batwing.

    Darin, I agree with you on the pull-type mower. If you've got the type of field where you can just go around and around, and not have to back up or maneuver a whole lot, they are perfect and much easier to set the height and forget it.

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    Default Re: Rotary cutter, batwing or fixed?? Pros and cons??

    Quote Originally Posted by Poopdeck Pappy View Post
    Rhino used to make (and still may, for all I know) a 13'10" shredder that was intended for shredding stalks in a field, such as milo or corn stalks. 13'10" worked out to a perfect 4 row shredder. It was never intended to mow hilly uneven pastures where scalping would be an issue. For that type of work I'd much rather have a batwing.

    Darin, I agree with you on the pull-type mower. If you've got the type of field where you can just go around and around, and not have to back up or maneuver a whole lot, they are perfect and much easier to set the height and forget it.
    Yep, Deere made one too. Not sure if they still do.
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    Default Re: Rotary cutter, batwing or fixed?? Pros and cons??

    They also make batwings without the stump jumpers and 4 blades per spindle for stalks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonz View Post
    Another option is the Hiniker flail chopper. The unit is road towable
    by simply lowering the twin transport wheels thus allowing you to tow it
    with one narrow end using its towing hitch.


    The Model AR1700 is available in either a 15 or 20 foot cutting width and requires a 1,000 rpm
    power take off.


    The Model AR2000 with a minimum cutting width of 18 feet has abrasion resistant steel plating in its construction

    The hitching options are either pull type or three point hitch when ready to work.

    Options
    towing hitch
    center grass divider
    end transport kit
    road legal light kit

    The AR model flail mowers when towed is directly behind the tractor in its line of travel with nothing exceeding the lanes width.

    If you are not that far from Mankato it woiuld be worth your time to look at one as they factory is in Mankato, Mn.
    I will look into the Hiniker since it is so close, thanks!!! Going down the road is not much of a problem, I only go about 1/2 mile, plus this if farm country, you should see the size of the rigs that go down the road!!!

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    Default Re: Rotary cutter, batwing or fixed?? Pros and cons??

    Quote Originally Posted by ovrszd View Post
    I have a JD M1008 10' dual spindle rigid deck. I wouldn't like a rigid deck any wider than that. Even at 10' I have to pay attention to the terrain to keep a front corner from digging in. I cut a lot of road banks, structure dams, etc. I guess if you have perfectly flat ground and don't transport, go for it.

    My Brother has a 20' Bush Hog Batwing. He rarely has any mechanical problems with it and it does a great job of cutting. I think if you stay in a good quality brand machine the maintenance of a Batwing will be minimal.
    Looks like rigid is not the way to go if I don't like scalping!!

    My main purpose of a new mower is bigger coverage, less time mowing, right now I have a 7 foot Woods, good mower but I want to cover more ground. Should have mentioned that most of my mowing will be CRP, native praire, with gopher mounds and very small trees. Its important to me to not have lots of chaf in one spot, don't want it to choke out and kill the native grass and forbs, then thats where weeds and other stuff will start growing. Several of the batwings that I've looked at have heavy cross beams under the deck, thats going to bunch up the chaff, the John Deere has a smooth deck underneath.

    I will also get pricing on the Bushhog batwing, several people have mentioned it.

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    Default Re: Rotary cutter, batwing or fixed?? Pros and cons??

    Quote Originally Posted by gabby View Post
    I don't think you want the MX (medium duty) type. Go heavy with HX (heavy duty). I run an HX-10 but I tried a MX-10 and there was no comparison.

    Also, I hope you have a big tractor to pull the batwing. You will need way over 100 hp unless you enjoy creeping along and straining in thick stuff. I use 110 pto hp to pull my HX-10.
    MX-15 is $13,500 and HX-15 is $17,000, guess if I'm jumping in I should go for the big one but $3500 is a lot extra... Guess if I'm concerned about breaking down the heavier machine would be the way to go.

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    Default Re: Rotary cutter, batwing or fixed?? Pros and cons??

    Quote Originally Posted by ddivinia View Post
    I have a mx-15 and it has been a good rig. I pull it with 75 pto. Really think I have to slow down but I am a happy customer.


    D.
    What kind of stuff do you cut with your MX15?

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