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  1. #21

    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Posts
    147
    Location
    Southeastern Ohio
    Tractor
    Kubota B2910

    Default Re: MMM or Rear Finish

    Owning both MMM and rear finish mower mounted up to two different tractors - I have specific areas with different terrains, etc. that I'm mowing where each mower shines. One bonus that wasn't mentioned yet in this thread - your tractor will stay much cleaner with the rear finish mower. All that dust , dirt, leaves, grass clippings, etc. are well behind you.

    PowerMax

  2. #22

    Default Re: MMM or Rear Finish

    Excellent advise , thanks. I do not have the option for a MMM my tractor is a kubota L3000, just wanted to get the ins and outs of rear finish mowers- do you have service them often?

  3. #23
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    175
    Location
    rural illinois
    Tractor
    jd 4100

    Default Re: MMM or Rear Finish

    design tip: plant trees VERY far apart!
    another tip: NO SQUARE CORNERS! [think gently flowing LARGE radiuses!]

    these tips also work well with belly mowers too...

  4. #24

    Join Date
    May 2001
    Posts
    336
    Location
    Summerside, OH
    Tractor
    NH TC33D; RTV900; Gravely Professional

    Default Re: MMM or Rear Finish

    Newland--

    I have a TC33D with a belly mower. I leave it on most of the time in the summer, and can get it on and off in 10-15 minutes BUT that is using the FEL to lift up the front end. I think it would be a good bit more complicated without an FEL, as the clearances are pretty tight. I like the belly mower precisely because it is like a garden tractor; easy to line up and keep an eye on around trees, etc., and a lot easier to keep track of around gardens, rocks, etc. Also, I used to have a Yanmar with a three-point finish mower and had a little more trouble with scalping than with the belly mower. Tail-draggers take some getting used to because when you crest a rise the mower comes off the ground, etc. While neither is a perfect solution, I am a tad bit partial to the belly mower--except when I want to have it off but don't want to deal with it. BTW, it is pretty tough; truth be told I drag it through gravel and dirt, leave it on while bush-hogging, etc. The best thing, of course, would be to take a try at each before you make your decision; but if you can't do that, just remember there are advantages to each.

  5. #25

    Default Re: MMM or Rear Finish

    Thanks for all the comments they are very helpfull. I just came back from a bush hog dealler and really liked the RDTH72. The rear discharge sounds like it may simplify things, no more clippings in places I don't want them and no circleing around to make sure the side discharge is pointed the right way. Has anyone had a rear discharge and not liked it?

    Thanks again,
    Newland

  6. #26

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    153
    Location
    Central Florida
    Tractor
    Kubota B7500

    Default Re: MMM or Rear Finish

    Newland,

    I have a FTH60 Bush Hog side discharge. I am sure the rear discharge is nice.

    One thing I like about my side discharge is that it acts like a giant leaf blower. Using forward and reverse on the tractor I can "blow" the leaves into the woods along the fence line.

    Not a huge deal but it is nice.

  7. #27

    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    874
    Location
    Monroe,Washington
    Tractor
    New holland TC29-9x3 Woods 1012 FEL, Woods, 7500 Backhoe / Kubota L345DT 4WD, Kub FEL, Kub Backhoe

    Default Re: MMM or Rear Finish

    Lets see your field mowing not a finished lawn. What about Just hitting the right or left brake, steering hard over. It should square a nice corner, everywhere but in the corners of the field.

  8. #28
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    908
    Location
    SE Ohio, Meigs County
    Tractor
    Kubota L3010HST R4's, Scag Wildcat ZTR, 61

    Default Re: MMM or Rear Finish

    My only experience prior to my recent purchase of a L3010 was with an 8N. 1952 model. I had a single wheel KK brush hog and had a heck of a time making the corners. I think i also had to much sway in the 3PH hookup, and I always had lots of cleanup to do after mowing.
    I decided to go with the Rear Finish mower on my 3010 and what a difference!!! It does a better job at cutting the corners than my 48" MMM on my simplicty lawn tractor. And, when i do leave a patch; with HST to back up and get it is so simple, a very quick and easy process. I'm tickled pink with the operation of the new setup. Consider me a Rear Finish Mower convert.
    Thanks for your reply Kodiak!

    Moon

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