/ 30HP vs 26HP 60" bush hog? #21
What is best a belly mower or a rear finish mower for my yard?
Type of grass also matters.
My B7800 had never struggled with a 5' RC, until this year, until this past weekend with air temps in the 100 degree range and running through 5' high grass (not dry): ground was too soft to have my Kioti on otherwise I'd be inside in an A/C cab! First time it has ever really ran hot: blew out radiator fins and screen (always watch closely) but I still ran a lot hotter than I ever recall doing. One can tax ANY tractor. (my Kioti running a 7' flail and going through tall grass in temps in the 80s and with A/C on stays at a steady mid-range/normal temp gauge reading)
Only way to really tell is to put things to the test. Might be able to do a 6' cutter for very light duty (but would have to be more along the lines of a finish mower).
Ii have a B2620 - 19 PTO HP, and a 4" Woods Brush Bull. It handles it fine, but I do have to slow down in heavy goldenrod and weeds at times, especially if I am going uphill. It would not run a 5' brush hog in the area that I mow, probably not even on the level very well. If I had a choice, I would stick with the 4' and mow pretty much as fast as the terrain allows, rather than mow 5" and have to travel slower in many places.I have a B2910 it has 30HP and 22HP at the PTO, I also have a B2650 that has 26HP and 19.5 HP at the PTO
Would it be fair to say that a 60" bush hog would run equally on both tractors? One tractor has more engine HP so how would that relate to the PTO or would it since there is only 2HP difference between the two.
I'm looking to get rid of the B2910, i have not tried the bush hog on the B2650 as it is my lawn mower and would be a pain to take off the mower deck any time i wanted to bush hog.
I have to run the B2910 with the front end loader on or else the front end is to light. The B2650 would be the same way so that extra weight might affect the smaller 26HP.
The B2910 needs a few repairs so i am trying to decide if i should repair it and just keep both tractors for the convenience factor or trade both in on a newer 33HP B series but then i would have to remove the mower deck any time i wanted to bush hog so that would be a pain.
Both tractors are paid for.
I mow the yard weekly with the front end loader off my yard is 3 acres and what i bush hog is 13 acres twice a year and is mostly flat.
I definitely need a tractor to remove snow, bush hog, road maintenance as my road is a 1 mile long almost.
What would you guys do?
All Kubota BX2200 or similar that I have been around will overheat when driving a 60" MMM in very hot outside air temperature, especially if the grass is heavy or at all wet. Even with immaculate cleaning and everything set perfect they will run close to the redline. Especially if pushed hard. In my opinion the radiators are plenty big for the displacement of these engines and the fans are adequate, so I say the water pumps are too small and/or just do not move enough coolant. It is a basic design flaw that only bothers most owners on rare occasion. Kubota has shown no interest in upgrading the design nor offering a fix for this issue. Every tractor has its quirks. An that is one of the small Kubotas. I see them as still better than any of the alternatives. I'm a little surprised that in all these years some innovative 3rd party has not offered an improved cooling kit.I've owned TWO compact tractors that would overheat when worked hard for longer periods of time, and I KNOW the radiators were clean and the tractors were maintained properly.
I'm totally convinced that compact tractors just won't take a steady diet of HARD work that nearly maxes them out for a longer period of time.
I put the same tool on a FARM tractor of the same HP and it did NOT overheat in the same field...
Agreed - I would keep both. Sounds like they are non-DEF. If you are buying a new 25+ hp tractor, you would be getting into DEF, which would only be a continuous headache, especially as much use as you would give it. As pointed out earlier, HP determines your rate of cutting, either in width or speed. Small changes are just not worth the trouble of changing your setup.Keeping both is best.