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    Default Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    I am getting tired of working on the Deere lawn tractor and figured if I spent double the money of a new one around, $6K for a small cut i could close to a nice used deere 4200 or kubota 5350 with under 800 hrs.. small cut in 18-25hp range to use with mid mount (belly mower) as my lawn tractor plus have the options of front end loader later in when fund become available..I will need turf tires also.

    Any pros or cons to this? Are the belly mowers able to be used as mulching mowers or am i stuck with cheaper made lawn tractors for mowing?
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    Platinum Member bigdad's Avatar
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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    I have real good luck with my kubota B7510 with a belly mower for lawn work. I even have Ag tires. 60" deck.

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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    I use a New Holland TC-33DA with 72" belly mower and have great results. I really like the rear discharge!

    I realize my tractor is higher horsepower than you were asking about but...my tractor is heavier with industrial tires and a larger deck and still provides a quality cut. As you mentioned, a CUT would offer more versatility (loader & attachments) than your current lawn mower. I vote for the CUT! It's fun spending other people's money.
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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    kubota BX23 here...54" MMM and it works like a champ...Good luck.

    Don

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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    I also have a kubota BX SCUT. A BX2350 to be specific. I have a 60 inch deck with the mulching kit added. That is pretty much what they are designed for, someone that wants a mower and some tractor abilities.

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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    i'd prefer a real tractor over a lawnmower ANY day of the week... I used to cut my lawn with my 66 IHcub with 44" belly mower.. cept' it goes a lil fast and has a front blade on it.. and I didn't wanna hit nuttin valuable..

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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    Quote Originally Posted by BigD23 View Post
    kubota BX23 here...54" MMM and it works like a champ...Good luck.

    Don
    Quote Originally Posted by dodge man View Post
    I also have a Kubota BX SCUT. A BX2350 to be specific. I have a 60 inch deck with the mulching kit added. That is pretty much what they are designed for, someone that wants a mower and some tractor abilities.
    I like the 60 inch over the 54'' but prefer a 54'' over a 48'' .
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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    My Ford 1100 came with a 48 inch belly mower. Granted, its a smaller tractor than you describe, but I had two problems that made me eventually abandon the mid-mount mower. The main problem was that I didn't have any ground clearance with the mower mounted, I couldn't raise the mower up hardly any at all. This was a show-stopper for me, I needed more than an inch and a half of ground clearance (that's about all I had even with the mower raised!!). The other problem was that the mower I had was actually attached to the 3 pt hitch and was driven by the rear PTO. So with the mower on, I couldn't use any other attachments. And the mower wasn't real easy to disconnect either.

    A belly mower that gave enough ground clearance and didn't attach to the 3PH (and didn't use the rear PTO) would've been nice.

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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    When we first moved here 12 years ago, I cut the 4 acre + yard with a JD 318. When it blew, I got a B2400 with rear mounted mower & mulching kit. It's worked well for 9 years without a problem and with the 5' finishing mower I knocked almost 3 hours off my mowing time.

    I didn't get a MMM because I also used it in the pasture and wanted the ground clearance when bush hogging etc., and I'm far too lazy to keep taking the thing off and putting it back on.

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    Default Re: Using a small tractor 18-25hp with Belly Mower For Lawn Mower

    I've been amazed at how capable my GC2310 is with the 60" MMM. I had my doubts, but... it does a better job than my push mower, the tractor/mower is easily able to go down & up some steep slopes (4WD only, please), and it has cut my lawn mowing time by close to 2/3!!

    I don't have any 3PH implements at this time, so I just removed the 3PH arms so they wouldn't dig into the dirt at the bottom of the steep slopes. I also removed the discharge flapper chute --to gain space for parking-- and found that it will broadcast clipping pretty evenly out to the side instead of leaving furrows of cut grass.. great!

    I remove the BH and FEL for mowing, not really hard to do; I've also discovered that, even with turf tires, I still have enough clearance to slide the MMM under the tractor for hook-up in the garage. Overall, VERY happy with it!
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