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    Default hay mower suggestions

    I have about 25 acres of hayground and after two years of working with local contract hay guys (been on farm 2 seasons) I am about fed up and looking to do my own.

    Don't want to spend a whole lot of money and am willing to do some mechanical work.

    Curious about mowers.....do you think a sickle bar mower would be a good option? i like the idea as it would also allow me to mow our angled ditch and along small creek bed.

    Local craigslist has a JD #11 supposedly in good working shape and are asking $600. There is also a Gehl rotary 3pt. asking $1,000. Haven't seen either in person yet just starting to look.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? How are those prices?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: hay mower suggestions

    A 7 ft mower conditioner would do better. It helps your hay dry faster so you get better hay and it helps you dodge the rain. that is my vote.

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    Default Re: hay mower suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed of all trades View Post
    A 7 ft mower conditioner would do better. It helps your hay dry faster so you get better hay and it helps you dodge the rain. that is my vote.
    Mower Conditioner. A Sickle Mower will take you twice as long to get the hay cured and ready for baling.

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    Default Re: hay mower suggestions

    What kinda tractor you running? You round baling or square baling? If you went with a sickle can always pick up a tedder to help with the curing time.
    Even better whats the Budget?

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