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    Quote Originally Posted by Piston View Post
    Dave, that is one heck of a NICE looking setup!
    Thanks Piston, I'm very satisfied in its price range it was a very tough decision between the Bush hog and Land pride If the dealer that gave me the better price on the Land Pride would have had one in stock when i was out there i would have paid for it that day but they are about 100 miles round trip The dealer i got my BH27 is only about 28 miles round trip. I really liked the looks of the Brown 684 but it was way out of my budget

    Quote Originally Posted by Skintback View Post
    No frontend loader yet. Judging from your post, with your tractor being light or close to it in the front end, I'm pretty sure 900#s is going to put me in the upper limits of my tractor. Going off the kubota website, your 8540 weighs roughly 5500# dry and the BH 27 weighs roughly 1350#. My 3240 weighs roughly 3300#s and either the BH25 or BH295 weigh roughly 900#s. If I put that in a percentage ratio, 25% of your tractor weight is in a cutter and 27% would be in the BH's I listed above. When you said yours was at the limit of being light on the front, that is without a loader or weights, correct? This is very useful info for me.
    Good morning,
    Your welcome, Yes this would be about my limit for weight on the 3 point with the loader off. even with the Tail wheel down and in contact with the ground i can feel the front tires pushing when on slight upward inclines its not to bad on level ground but ever so slight. With the tail wheel up in transport mode the front end pushes much more I have to many trees to navigate through to leave the loader on. As pictured my setup is a tad over 23' in length. I want to get a CAT 2 quick hitch but will probably have to add some front weights before i and when decide to purchase the QH.

    I know my 7 footer is a lot longer than the 5 footer but its probably almost proportional to the difference in wheel base length going from My M8540 to your L3240. So i think you'd also be in a similar state
    The loader Mounts on mine Also add several Hundred pounds between the tires it helps but would be better if it was out front.

    Good luck on your shopping your looking at some very good models so I'm sure whatever you purchase you'll be happy as long as you can keep the front wheels on the ground

    Dave

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    Default Re: Which new cutter???

    You are on the right track as to width and weight at least in opinion, I run a Land Pride RCR2672 on my L5740 and really like Land Pride products, the RCF2060 looks like it will fit your tractor and needs. It lists "up to 2 inches" and their specs are pretty conservative. Mine is rated "up to 2 inches" and I have exceeded that without any noticeable effect though it makes quite the racket. Cutting as you describe will present no problems. Bush Hog also makes good cutters, I just don't have have recent experience with them and my kubota dealer handles LP, so that is what I get though we do run a Woods 10' on our M8540.

    On my cutters, I like chain guards as well as a slip clutch, I have tried rubber guards and shear pin.

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    If you routinely drive over 2" saplings to mow the you may want to protect some of your wiring and plumbing under the tractor too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmysisson View Post
    If you routinely drive over 2" saplings to mow the you may want to protect some of your wiring and plumbing under the tractor too.
    Yes this is a must lots of low hanging fruit on these newer tractors. unless you want to figure out that it only takes 60 seconds to pump out $200 in hydraulic oil i know from experience on an older tractor, That was much better protected. OVRSZD has a pretty good thread for an M series as far as ideas

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    I have a L3240 and just purchased a Rhino 172, it weight just shy of 800# and is rated for up to 1.5 diameter brush. The tractor handles it just fine with the loader but would probably be a little light in the front end without the loader. I have been doing the annual trimming of my CRP native grass that is just a little taller than my tractor and it is going well. I looked at Bush Hog SQ172, Land Pride 2072, Woods BB72X, and several box store brands in 72 and ended up choosing the Rhino as the best bang for my buck.

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    Okay. I am likely obsessed with all things tractor!

    Wehhh! I feel better after saying that. Now I understand dads love of tractors more than ever!!

    I have relentlessly researched rotary cutters on this site and the net. I got to run a brand new MX5100 and LandPride 2072 a few days ago. A good friend bought a new tractor and cutter. I love the tractor; the cutter, well, not so much.... It has no way of releasing the cut grass out from under the cutter and I just was not real enthusiastic about this cutter. I like how it is built but his got bent in the first two hours of use in a green field. So, I have been looking at woods and rhino harder than I was. The bush hog brand looks like it is pretty much built the same way. I am really liking the way the woods is built more than any of the other cutters I have looked at: LandPride, John Deere, Bush Hog, Rhino, LMC, King Kutter, and Woods. I am looking for any experiences with either the Woods (specifically the BB60) or Rhino (specifically 160) cutters. I am not crazy about the rhinos tail wheel at all. Woods seems to have everyone beat on the tail wheel design in my opinion. The only experience I have with a woods cutter is an older one my dad has that is 6 foot. It has been great but I haven't used it much and it's not built the same (doesn't have a complete round back).

    So, I have pretty much ruled out landpride (as much as I didn't want to- really liked these) and am looking at Woods as 1st and Rhino as a 2nd, with Bush Hog being a distant 3rd. As far as an earlier post where I stated being a me to cut 2" saplings, it will not happen very often. Most of my cutting is green fields, roads,'and a few old pastures. Not looking to get into land clearing.

    So there it is. Sorry for beating a dead horse over and over; just wanting to make an informed decision. I want this cutter to be a good one that lasts a long time. I don't mind spending the money for a good piece of equipment. I also realize I probably couldn't go wrong with any of the above, just wanting to hear about problems/experiences with the above
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    For what it's worth I run a 172 rhino behind my mx5100. Bought the cutter this spring and have used it hard. I'd buy another. No issues with the tail wheel at all. Buy the chain guards as they help the clippings disperse from rear of the cutter much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skintback View Post
    Okay. I am likely obsessed with all things tractor!

    Wehhh! I feel better after saying that. Now I understand dads love of tractors more than ever!!

    I have relentlessly researched rotary cutters on this site and the net. I got to run a brand new MX5100 and LandPride 2072 a few days ago. A good friend bought a new tractor and cutter. I love the tractor; the cutter, well, not so much.... It has no way of releasing the cut grass out from under the cutter and I just was not real enthusiastic about this cutter. I like how it is built but his got bent in the first two hours of use in a green field. So, I have been looking at woods and rhino harder than I was. The bush hog brand looks like it is pretty much built the same way. I am really liking the way the woods is built more than any of the other cutters I have looked at: LandPride, John Deere, Bush Hog, Rhino, LMC, King Kutter, and Woods. I am looking for any experiences with either the Woods (specifically the BB60) or Rhino (specifically 160) cutters. I am not crazy about the rhinos tail wheel at all. Woods seems to have everyone beat on the tail wheel design in my opinion. The only experience I have with a woods cutter is an older one my dad has that is 6 foot. It has been great but I haven't used it much and it's not built the same (doesn't have a complete round back).

    So, I have pretty much ruled out landpride (as much as I didn't want to- really liked these) and am looking at Woods as 1st and Rhino as a 2nd, with Bush Hog being a distant 3rd. As far as an earlier post where I stated being a me to cut 2" saplings, it will not happen very often. Most of my cutting is green fields, roads,'and a few old pastures. Not looking to get into land clearing.

    So there it is. Sorry for beating a dead horse over and over; just wanting to make an informed decision. I want this cutter to be a good one that lasts a long time. I don't mind spending the money for a good piece of equipment. I also realize I probably couldn't go wrong with any of the above, just wanting to hear about problems/experiences with the above
    Having run Land Pride as well as Woods for years, I am confused at how poorly the Land Pride performed, I run an RCR2672 and it is one of the best cutters I have used including Woods. I have routinely cut grass, weeds and brush as high as my cab and it has held up to it without problems and produces a great cut. I did put chains front and rear as I dislike rubber guards. The Woods BB60 is a nice cutter, but the weight, 1,320 pounds, was a bit more than I wanted, I have to keep the loader on my L5740 to keep the front end on the ground with the RCR2672 and it only weighs 1,046 pounds. I did consider the BB600X, but the Woods dealer is about 60 miles away and LP about 40 and a much better dealer. We do use a Woods DS1260 we really like and ran a 121 for years.

    All cutters mentioned are good though, so whichever one you get will be a good choice.

    EDIT: Wrong specs.
    Last edited by TripleR; 09-15-2013 at 05:50 PM.
    Thread on helpful tractor abbreviations: http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/o...-acronyms.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleR View Post
    Having run Land Pride as well as Woods for years, I am confused at how poorly the Land Pride performed, I run an RCR2672 and it is one of the best cutters I have used including Woods. I have routinely cut grass, weeds and brush as high as my cab and it has held up to it without problems and produces a great cut. I did put chains front and rear as I dislike rubber guards. The Woods BB60 is a nice cutter, but the weight, 1,320 pounds, was a bit more than I wanted, I have to keep the loader on my L5740 to keep the front end on the ground with the RCR2672 and it only weighs 1,046 pounds. I did consider the BB600X, but the Woods dealer is about 60 miles away and LP about 40 and a much better dealer. We do use a Woods DS1260 we really like and ran a 121 for years.

    All cutters mentioned are good though, so whichever one you get will be a good choice.
    Triple R

    I value your opinion greatly on these boards. Your experiences match my findings quite often and I have found you to be quite the gentleman in both your approach and explanations. Let me alter my previous post while at the same time standing by my meaning.
    The only LandPride brush cutter I have ever run was within the last week. It was a brand new 2072 6' medium duty cutter. I like the way it is built and it did cut well. However, the rear of this cutter seems to be more "covered" than the other round back cutters I have seen. It had an additional black shield on the rear that I assumed was adjustable to release the cut grass/brush. I was wrong. It is not adjustable and my friend totally removed it trying to gain a "relief opening" for the grass to discharge through. This is we're I was not impressed with the LandPride unit. Not sure if this is technically right, but it appears to me that the design is to create a type of vacuum to keep the clippings inside of the cutter and mulch them up. That in itself is ok but where we use a cutter it is usually tall and needs to be discharged away from the cutter instead of recirculating inside the cutter. My theory is that This caused the tractor to bog down and actually ran the temp gauge up causing the operator to have to shut down the tractor to an idle while the tractor cooled off. My friend disliked this so much he brought the cutter to our vo-tech Ag shop and had the back cut out opening up a relief for the grass to be discharged. I/we are hoping this will make it quit bogging and run cooler. The cutter itself is great. I like the design a lot, the clevis hitch is strong and the gearbox is bombproof. It just needs some help discharging the grass.

    That lead up to the newest post from me. If the woods has a way to discharge out the rear, that's probay the way I'm going to go. No disrespect at all to LandPride just not what I was expecting
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    Default Re: Which new cutter???

    Links to the cutters I am looking at:

    BB60X Rotary Cutters
    100 SERIES (MEDIUM DUTY) | Rhino

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