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    Default FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    Hi all,

    Anybody have any comments on the use of a FEL with a mid-mount mower still attached? Is there enough clearance still to do the regular stuff? What about using a tiller? Mower in the way?? I've been told that the mid-mounts are much better "finish" mowers and easier to manouver...but isn't a rear mower easier to attach/detach?

    Comments? Thanks.

    Kevin
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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    Kevin, you can use the FEL and/or tiller with the mid-mount mower still attached, but I think the simply answer to your questions is "Yes, you can do it, but you probably ain't gonna like it." The deck'll probably be sticking out on the side and in the way sometimes and the ground clearance will be less; not insurmountable obstacles, but inconvenient. Personally, I don't think a mid-mount mower mows any better than the rear mower, but depending on your terrain, obstacles to mow around, being able to look down to see what you're doing instead of looking back can be advantages to the mid-mount. Disadvantages include being more trouble to hook up and/or remove, higher cost, and limited to that particular tractor model.

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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    Kevin,
    I've got a 2710 with FEL and 72" midmount mower and until I had a chance to first use the tractor without the mower I thought it worked pretty well. However, once I removed the mower for winter, WOW what a difference it made. With the 72" mower I didn't realize how much weight was added to the tractor and how often I had to check both sides to made sure I had clearance. I chose the 72" midmount because I use the tractor to mow right up to the house and around every obstacle in the yard, and I didn't want to have a sore neck after each mowing. Bird is right, the cost is quite a bit higher and I don't really think the cut is any better. The deck is basically a rear finish mower setup to mount to the undercarriage of the tractor. One other conflict that I have with using the loader and mower combo is that getting the lock pins in can be a little bit of a trick to do. The frame that the loader is mounted to is very tight to the top of the deck and getting a small pin in on each side is a pain. However, it is a lot easier on the tractor and is worth the pain. Detaching the deck really wasn't that big of a deal using the loader to lift the front end of the tractor. I think it really depends on what you are going to be doing. If you are starting a major landscaping project I would remove the deck, but if you are moving a pile of dirt or gravel I would leave the deck on. Either way I would still have bought the midmount deck and loader combo.


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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    Kevin: I will have to agree with Bird and Rob. I have a 2910 with the same setup. I tired to remove the mower by the manual. I don't think it can be done. However, lifting up the front end with the loader is no problem. May be easier than trying to put an attachment on the 3 pt.

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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    I've used both mid and rear mounted finish mowers and prefer the mid-mount for manuverability reasons. I think they cut about the same. As far as hook-up goes, it takes 5-7 minutes to attach/unattach the mid-mount to my B7100. It takes about 5 minutes to hook-up and adjust the bush hog....probably about like a rear finish mower. I don't think one's really any harder than the other, just different. A mid-mount will cost you a bit more and can be used with the FEL, but for any serious FEL work I'd take the deck off. I don't really know about the mid-mount and a rear tiller.....never tried that.

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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    Bob,
    Wonder how its was going for a FEL for your B7100,or are you just going to purchase a kubota B1630C FEL at Kubota dealer.

    When you do purchase your FEL are you going to change your muffler exhaust system vertical w/ a longer pipe.

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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    All the advice above is good, better to take mower off when using the FEL. I have found that even the simplest loader job of moving a pile of mulch is easier without the mower deck in the way. Invariably you will find mulch building up under the mower deck. Tilling the garden will give the same result - dirt building up under the mower deck.


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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    This might be of some interest to mid mount mower guys. I had a JD 755. I sure got tired of wresling that 350LB hog all the time. I built a set of ramps that fit between the front and back tires, angled legs and the ramp just cleared the top of the mower, lock the font axle in gear and drive on and back off. worked slick!
    DDT


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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    Dana,

    Can you post a photo of those ramps. With the tractor on would be great if possible. I'm having trouble visualizing.

    Thanks,
    Kevin


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    Default Re: FEL with a mid-mount mower???

    DDT That sounds like it would be handy, but I can't visualize how they're constructed. Could explain futher or post a photo?


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