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    Default RFM Question

    Fellow Posters,

    I have a question regarding RFM for my tractor. I have a JD 3720 and have a 1060S Frontier (Woods) Side Discharge RFM. When I purchased the mower about three months ago, I was not mowing that much and felt the 60" would be easier to transport and more manuverable. I was also concerned about the rear discharge mower clumping grass and leaving large windrows. Therefore, I took order of the existing mower. I now have undertaken a bit more mowing for a local school, which I do for free (well, fuel costs). I do this partially because I like to mow and partly because a work collegue is the volunteer coach of a local youth soccer team that uses the side field of this school. The entire field is about six acres, and the 60" takes a bit too long. I would like the 72" for this reason. I do not use my tractor primarily for mowing, so I would prefer not to invest more money in a 1072 unless absolutely necessary. I do not do enough mowing to really abuse a RFM deck, but I do mow a fair amount with my tractor, so I do not want a deck that is flimsy. My question: I can probably sell my existing mower deck and buy a 1072E economy Frontier mower for my tractor for that price. The "e" mower is not as heavy and has a slightly lower blade tip speed, but it is cheaper. Should I do so? Would I be disappointed with the discharging of clippings and quality of cut? My dealer assures me the cut is good and that these mower decks are durable, but I remain concerned. I am pleased with every aspect of my existing mower, except that it has 12" too narrow a cut. Does anyone have direct experience with the cut quality and durability of the Frontier Economy line? I know all the spec's and even answered another poster's question once about the specifications, but I have no actual hands on use, nor have I seen results from an Economy Frontier mower. I would like to stick with Frontier because I use the I Match hitch and like that my dealer sells and covers them. Please guide me. Thanks.

    John M

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    Default Re: RFM Question

    </font><font color="blue" class="small">( My dealer assures me the cut is good and that these mower decks are durable, )</font>
    Any chance they would bring it out and let you try before you buy, then you would know first hand how it performs. The NH dealer here in town is really quick to let me try something if he thinks I am even a slight bit interested.

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    Default Re: RFM Question

    My dealer will do that, also.

    I thougth the side discharge was more prone to "large windrows" [img]/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]. I've used both and that's what I experienced, but the rear discharge did tend to clump until I removed the chain guard.

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    Default Re: RFM Question


    I would also see if they will let you try it out. Lower tip speed is not so good. And lower tip speed can result in clumps. Frontier does make good units though and it may be ok.

    murph

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