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    Default I need some advice on mowing

    Hello all, I am running a kubota 4740(30 hp pto), and have a 5 foot brush hog. I am responsible for cutting hay/grass over 170 acres of fairly rough terrain in northern Ontario. Last season I cut for over 400 hours, and only completed about 115 acres.
    I need some advice. Is there an attachment that would be better suited?
    I would appreciate any of your thoughts.
    - thank you

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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    Sounds like you need a bigger tractor and a big flail mower.

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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    Yeah, a new tractor is not really an option for me.
    I was wondering if a small flail would allow me to cut significantly faster?
    Or what about a sickle, or a haybine(new holland 488)?
    I have no experience at all with anything besides the hog.
    -cheers.

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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    I'm confused. Did it take you 400 hours to mow 115 acres? That is 3.5 hours per acre! You can travel faster with a bush hog or diskbine that you can with a sickle. Are you trying to cut it for baling are just weed control. I think a bigger tractor and larger bush hog is needed.

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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    Hi, I'm cutting for control. The fields I am cutting are interspersed by forest. So 400 hours was a generalization, which included drive time to different areas, maintenance, and odd jobs. Also the area has a few creeks that are hard to traverse, so it can take some time to get around.
    It's good to know that the sickle is much slower.
    -thanks

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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    But would a 9 foot sickle be slower than a 5 foot brush hog?

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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    The nice thing about a bush hog is they're generally bullet proof. If you maintain them. Grease level in gear box, etc. Does this unit have a shear pin or slip clutch on the PTO shaft? If it's a slip clutch of some kind make sure it's working properly. If it isn't it will result in gear box damage, which is pricey. this I know.

    i don't think you're going to be able to cover ground any faster with anything else for mowers.
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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    Quote Originally Posted by Brokken View Post
    But would a 9 foot sickle be slower than a 5 foot brush hog?
    He mentioned rough terrain. A sickle wouldn't be advisable for that IMO.

    I think the best solution is a bigger brush hog.

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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    With a 30pto tractor he could move up to a 6ft mower. If the grass/hay isn't to high probably pick up the speed a bit.
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    Default Re: I need some advice on mowing

    The L4740 is rated at 40-41.5 PTO HP. The OP can run a much bigger cutter.
    Last edited by BillG_in_TX; 03-27-2012 at 11:26 PM.
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