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  1. #21

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    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    When you get ready for the hog for the rest of your life... Let me know and I'll help you get a 6' Brown for about $1800. delivered to your front door... Spec. wise it's comparable to the John Deere 609...check out Deere's price...[img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

    (7 gauge) 3/16 " plate steel deck... I've done up to 5 - 6" stuff with mine...{very nicely...I might add...[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]}
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  2. #22
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    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    A question...

    I can see the need for a rotary cutter for clearing a brushy, overgrown area the first time. Once this is done, can a finish mower usually handle the chore?

    In my case, I have a 3 acre field that has what remains after a corn harvest last November. After I turn it into a horse pasture, I will use my mmm to mow it. Even though I would love a new toy [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img], I am having a hard time justifying a rotary cutter to just clear the corn stalks.

    Advice?

  3. #23

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    <font color=blue>...can a finish mower usually handle the chore?...</font color=blue>

    Mike...

    It mostly depends on what was originally cut... take your corn field for example... look closely at the stubble/stalks left after your first cut... the next season do you think you could go in and use a finish mower and start cutting that field...?

    I don't use any chemicals {as of yet}, so I always have some regrowth... and another problem is so much acreage to cut... I may not see that same area again for a few years...[img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img]

    But a couple seasons of cutting a 3 acre parcel with a rotary cutter... depending on the terrain and regrowth... you may be able to start using a "finish mower"... but look at Bird's field and see his wide open beautiful "lawn" he still maintains with his rotary cutter... so don't be so quick to discount those 3 to 4" wide 1/2" thick rotary blades... against 1 to 2" wide 1/4" thick finish blades... [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]


  4. #24
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    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    Robert, I think I can make the decision easier for you. I've got a 5 ft King Kutter. Now that we know we're neighbors, come on over to my place and check it out. When our snow and ice melts, we can hook it up to my tractor, and you can try it out.

    I think there's no question that the Woods is a step higher in quality, but do you really need that step for your use? That's the question, because the King Kutter is a great unit, it's built to last, and it may be fine for you.

    Rich
    "What a long strange trip it's been."

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    I'm planning on keeping most of our property looking tidy with just the rotary cutter. I did this last summer and it seemed to work OK. I'll handle the finish lawn right around the house with my lawn tractor and bush-hog the rest once a month or so. Once I "find" all the rocks I may even put a decent edge on the rotary blades [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    <font color=blue>take your corn field for example... look closely at the stubble/stalks left after your first cut... the next season do you think you could go in and use a finish mower and start cutting that field...?</font color=blue>

    A friend (the farmer I buy hay from) will be plowing, disc-ing and planting pasture grass in the field, hopefully next month. I called him this past weekend to see if there's anything I need to do, e.g., mow the corn stalk remains. His response was "No, not really." So I was wondering if it'd be better to do it, but all I have is my 60" mmm. I tried my 16hp WheelHorse garden tractor with a 42" rear discharge mower as a sacrificial test. I think I got about 5 feet before being convinced the WheelHorse was not up to the task!

    When I told him the soil test indicated I needed 2 tons of lime/acre his response was, "No one will come out to spread lime on 3 acres. I'll just tell the outfit I use to drive up and lime your field when they do my fields." What a prince of a guy! Plow, disc, lime and plant pasture grass for me. Now I gotta figure out what I should pay for this! Any ideas?

  7. #27
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    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    Usually do a per acre deal. Just call around and find out what the going rate is for your area. Most of those farmers will really appreciate a little cash under the table. He's probably just going to do yours when he's doing his fields.

  8. #28

    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    I can't tell you what to buy. I just think it's worth shopping around.

    I paid $650 for a new Howse MH5 cutter a few years ago. I didn't like Howse's lighter cutter. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.howseimplement.com/Rotary_Cutters/Medium_Heavy_Duty/MH5_Specs/mh5_specs.html>Click for specs on Howse MH5.</A> The quality of this machine is not the equal of Woods, Bush Hog, Land Pride, etc. But it works fine for me. I have cut acres of weeds, many 1"-2" trees and small brush, and a few 2"+ trees. If it looks bigger than 2" I usually use a chain saw. I pull my MH5 with an older tractor rated at about 42 HP, and have yet to break a shear pin.

    What kind of prices are people getting quoted for top brand rotary cutters?

  9. #29

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    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    <font color=blue>What kind of prices are people getting quoted for top brand rotary cutters?</font color=blue>

    The Woods/Landpride MD cutters which can handle the 2" stuff seem to range from $1600-$2000 depending on options (chain guard, slip clutch, stump jumper, tail wheel, replacable skids). An exception is the recently introduced Woods Brush Bull, where the MD cutters are around $1200 here (New England).

    I just bought a used Woods MD160 (the older model "Dixie" cutter in good shape for $900. Haven't had a chance to use it yet, although the way this winter is going I might in a week or two.

    Timd

  10. #30

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    Default Re: Rotary Cutter

    I was quoted $500 for a 5' KK from my nearest dealer. TSC in Sioux Falls does not stock them any more. They handle Wallace products. I'll enjoy a 50 mile ride to pick up my KK

    Paul

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