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    Default Re: disc mower advice

    Here's a link to the Kuhn website. You will find tractor requirements and mower specs. I did a quick look, and your tractor would probably just barely meet min HP for a GMD600. (8') Probably better the 500. (6 1/2') But, it's not just HP that you have to consider. Your tractor also has to be big and heavy enough to handle the weight of the mower. (if it's 3 point hitch) I run a GMD600 on my NH TN70A with no problem. But, that's a larger, heavier tractor with more HP than yours. I've never tried it on a smaller tractor.

    A disc mower should cut a lot faster than your sickle bar haybine. When I'm cutting, my ground speed is usually around 5 mph.
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    Default Re: disc mower advice

    Quote Originally Posted by tjk2 View Post
    Hi everyone im new to the forum and I am in need of some advice. I have a kubota mx5000 (about 50hp) with a New Holland 477 mower conditioner that I cut about 15 acres of hay with. It works but takes forever because I have to go 1st low the whole time or else it will plug. I am planning on getting another 15-20 acres this year. Does anyone know how big of a disc mower my tractor would handle? Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Default Re: disc mower advice

    I've used a Kubota M4900(45 pto hp) to pull both a NH 617(9 ft cut) and a Vermeer 7030(9 ft cut) BUT both were mounted on a caddy which is the only way I would own a 3pt disc mower. Straight 3pt disc mowers are a PIA to attach to tractor and IMHO put undue strain on RH wheel of tractor while in transport especially in a custom hay baling operation. Plus I think a caddy mounted mower follows the contour of the ground better. The M4900 would handle the disc mower but needed a little more HP so I bought a M70409(65 pto hp)

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    You people must be content going a lot slower than we do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT86 View Post
    You people must be content going a lot slower than we do.
    I run 5/6mph the fields get rough for anything faster

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    Quote Originally Posted by foreman Etexas View Post
    I run 5/6mph the fields get rough for anything faster
    Yep gophers(moles) & fire ants make hay fields way to rough to go any faster.

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    Default Re: disc mower advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Tx Jim View Post
    Yep gophers(moles) & fire ants make hay fields way to rough to go any faster.
    Wild hogs get ours several times a year and those dang gophers

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    Default Re: disc mower advice

    Luckily no feral hogs in the fields I've been haying but they're not many miles away.

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    Default Re: disc mower advice

    You might want to look at a 190 Drum mower (6'3") for $3650. or a Fort 2050(6'9") Disc mower $5,850

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    Default Re: disc mower advice

    great info, and nice advice at all

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