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    I looking at new rotary cutters and I was wondering what is the benefit of having 2 rear wheels on the cutter as opposed to just the one.

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    In a word, stability.
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    two wheels would also prevent or reduce scalping and or gouging from the tail wheel falling a hole.
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    what is the width of the cutter on your rotary? is there a choice of 1 or 2 tail wheels on what you are looking at? never seen 2 on a 5', or on a 6'. for 7' well maybe, on an 8' a must. btw i would not chose a 7' single spindle cutter, go 6' single or 8' twin spindle & of course, 2 tail wheels.

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    Some of the manufacturers have it as an option. I'm looking at woods and Kodiak and 6 or 7 footers. Of course it might not be an option for the 6 footers or even needed.

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    your question is a good one. as mentioned for stability & quality of cut, i would go w/2 tail wheels in what ever you decide. what is your pto hp on your tractor, 40 or so? if so, think 6' w/2 tail wheels would be a good match for the set up. imho a 7' rotary is sort of a bastard size pardoning the expression. do you have a fel for counterweight? best regards

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    After having a 7' I would encourage you to look into an 8'. It'll pull easier and doesn't stick out so far. The 7' takes a bunch more power slinging those big blades over an 8' that is basically two 4' mowers

    Brett

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    No front end loader but plenty of weights up front. My tractor is 31 hp so I was looking at mainly 6ft. I don't have really thick brush, mostly fields but I do have some woods. I am still looking at heavy duty and a thick deck because I do have a lot of rocks.

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    good choice. to me 8' would be way overkill esp w/no fel. wise choice on the hd 6' version w/2 tail wheels. might look in your tractor's owners manual for the max weight spec 3 pt. lift cap. of a rotary cutter in that category. wise to look at hd & 2 tail wheels if your rig can handle esp up a hill, etc. best regards. what is the weight of the 6' cutter you're looking at, 1200 lbs?
    & don't forget the required pto hp of that cutter

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    I'm looking at bb720x. It weights 1200lbs.

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