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    Default Looking at a Compact tractor to mow with

    Looking for a good tractor to mow my grass with either a rear pto finish mower or a mid mount. A must for me is that it will handle at least 72" (6') finish mower. I currently use a 8N with the 6' finish mower but im tired of issues always coming up with it. I will not be putting a loader on it, just the mower. I already have a 75 horse farm tractor for my loader tractor and that i do everything around the farm with, im just simply looking for a grass cutting tractor. Not sure what HP i would need and also not sure about these tractors, wanted to hear from people that have had them for awhile. Ive narrowed it down between LS and massey ferguson. Any info anyone can give me would be great about the size i should get, HP and how you like yours would be great!
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    Default Re: Looking at a Compact tractor to mow with

    Have you considered a zero turn mower?
    If ignorance is bliss, then why aren't more people happy?

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    Default Re: Looking at a Compact tractor to mow with

    Quote Originally Posted by coveredbridge View Post
    Have you considered a zero turn mower?
    My thoughts exactly! If it is a dedicated mowing machine, and you are sure that is all you will ever use it for, then I think your money would be better spent on a ZTR instead of a compact tractor.

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    Get a rear finish mower, and either a 1635 powershuttle, or the new 1700 equivalent.

    Once you have the second smaller tractor, you will have other work for it.

    Ever consider a cab?
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    Default Re: Looking at a Compact tractor to mow with

    If you have only true finish mowing jobs for this tractor, your land is relatively flat, and you have no other significant jobs to use with the 8N replacement, buy a ZTR.

    Otherwise, post back.

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    Default Re: Looking at a Compact tractor to mow with

    Im sure I would find other things to do with it besides mow, and i like the idea of a tractor more than a zero turn. never really looked at them tho, can you get a 6ft deck on a zero turn?
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    Default Re: Looking at a Compact tractor to mow with

    Quote Originally Posted by tmiller View Post
    Im sure I would find other things to do with it besides mow, and i like the idea of a tractor more than a zero turn. never really looked at them tho, can you get a 6ft deck on a zero turn?
    You can get a 6ft deck, or larger, on a front deck mower. If you have a large area to mow, it is the best way to do it. If it is hilly, get a four wheel drive.
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    Default Re: Looking at a Compact tractor to mow with

    Get a zero turn mower. You can mow circles around a tractor with a finishing mower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamCanterbury View Post
    Get a zero turn mower. You can mow circles around a tractor with a finishing mower.
    And that is all you can do. Just too much money for limited use.

    Get the tractor, higher return on investment since it is a 12 month machine.
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    My decision would be made if I where in your shoes is sell the small ford tractor and start shopping for a commercial grade ZTR. The commercial grade cost considerably more but dependability goes way up the bar with them. Most pro cutter are sixty inch. You can. Go wider but then again so goes the price. A six footer would still be less than a newer mini tractor with a mid mount. I also would think that fuel usage would be less due to the fact the work could be done in quite a bit less time. It also depends how much lawn or pasture your cutting to justify the cost. I cut 4.5 acres every week with a 54" ZTR hoping one day to upgrade to a 60"+ deck. Mine is a commerical grade mower and it's worked well for the last twelve years.

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