Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1

    Default old hayfield

    My wife's family ownes 10 or so acres in NY. Last year wer rented a kubota B21 and 4' rotary to keep the field open. But it took 12 hours
    and cost over $400.

    Buddy of mine is looking at the small Kubota compacts and I have seen the
    ad's for the commercial ZD21 landscape mowers.

    I'd like something even bigger, like an 8' brush hog but would a ZD21 do a good job cutting a hay field once a year ? Yes the ZD21 is pricey but that is a different issue.

  2. #2
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    1,598
    Location
    Greene Co, Arkansas
    Tractor
    JD 1050 2wd, Case 580D 2wd

    Default Re: old hayfield

    Sounds like an exercise in frustration to me. I've never seen a lawn mower of any type that could take on 3'-4' high stalks with any kind of speed. As for tractors, I can mow our 20 acres (m/l) in 6-8 hours if its 2' high or so with our 5ft bush hog cutter. If its higher, It takes 1.5 days.

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    5,664
    Location
    Cedartown, Ga and N. Ga mountains
    Tractor
    1998 Kubota B21, 2005 Kubota L39

    Default Re: old hayfield

    In my opinion you would be making a mistake and be disappointed with the ZD21 in that setting. I can understand why it became frustrating mowing with a B21 on 10 acres. I have a B21 and it only has 13 pto hp which is on the low side for once a year mowing. The ZD21 is designed for finish mowing and I think you would have a harder time than you did with the B21 mowing once a year.

    If it were me, I would look for a place that rents a tractor in the 30 hp range and has a 6 rotary mower. Down here you need to mow at least twice a year or you will make it much harder.

    Another thing to look for is some one that does mowing in the area. Here you could get 10 acres mowed for much less than $400.

    MarkV

  4. #4
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Posts
    6,737
    Tractor
    JD 8320 MFWD, JD 6415 MFWD, FEL, and cab, John Deere MFWD 4600, John Deere 4020, John Deere 4430, John Deere 455 mower, Deutz, and Gehl 4610 perkins skidsteer

    Default Re: old hayfield

    I agree don't even attempt this with a ZD21 or any other finish mower. You need a rotary mower.

  5. #5
    Bronze Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    62
    Location
    Virginia
    Tractor
    JD 2520

    Default Re: old hayfield

    Forget the ZD21, not a chance. 10 acres with 6 FT brush cutter = 4-5 hours, wher in NY, if close to me I may let you run one of our Kubotas

  6. #6

    Default Re: old hayfield

    I have 2 scenarios.

    First is my own home (in MA) which takes to long to cut. So I am researching bigger machines.

    Second is the field in Lexington NY (in the catskills 15 minutes west or south (?) of the Hunter Mtn ski area). Either I find a machine to do both or some old-iron for the field in NY. I don't want to spend $10k on a machine to be used once a year either. Will pick up a WantAd next time we are in Albany.

    I see Ford 8N's with a brush hog in my local want ad for $2500, but I think I would be happier with more horsepower.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.