30HP vs 26HP 60" bush hog?

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HayFarmer

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I bush hog and finish mow with a Ford 33hp 2810. It will cut anything with the five foot rotary cutter. Have a six foot estate mower for the lawn. R3 tires to not ruin the lawn. Not a compact, an actual farm tractor, just a small one. My wedding and raking tractor, too.
 
   / 30HP vs 26HP 60" bush hog? #32  

Mudfarmer

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I run a four-foot bush hog on my B2650. In heavy grass, at full power/full RPMs it doesn't bog down the engine as long as I have it set at about six inches. I find ground speed is not determined by the tractor, but by the mower. Despite having brand new blades on the mower, if I drive above low-range fourth gear, the grass gets knocked over more than mowed especially when cornering. Having run a five-foot mower in the past on my old Ford 1700, I suspect I could use that on the Kubota, but the five-foot never seemed much faster getting the job done than the four-foot (which are cheaper and more available). All that being said, I usually mow with my JD 3005 since it is wider and heavier than either of my B series Kubotas. I mow through heavy grass about 10 acres once a year. Of course the "brush hog" works way better on brush than on grass.
 
   / 30HP vs 26HP 60" bush hog? #33  

LD1

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I run a four-foot bush hog on my B2650. In heavy grass, at full power/full RPMs it doesn't bog down the engine as long as I have it set at about six inches. I find ground speed is not determined by the tractor, but by the mower. Despite having brand new blades on the mower, if I drive above low-range fourth gear, the grass gets knocked over more than mowed especially when cornering. Having run a five-foot mower in the past on my old Ford 1700, I suspect I could use that on the Kubota, but the five-foot never seemed much faster getting the job done than the four-foot (which are cheaper and more available). All that being said, I usually mow with my JD 3005 since it is wider and heavier than either of my B series Kubotas. I mow through heavy grass about 10 acres once a year. Of course the "brush hog" works way better on brush than on grass.
Around here 4' mowers are more scarce and command more $$$.

5' mowers have been around as long as dirt, and seems the size everyone used on the old fords and little masseys. Can usually pick them up for a song. They aint pretty at that price but they function. The 4' seem to be a much narrower market geared toward SCUT's....and people willing to pay more to tend to their little food plot or what not
 
   / 30HP vs 26HP 60" bush hog? #34  

Mudfarmer

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LDI:

Perhaps regional differences. Referring to new prices. Admittedly the old 5-footer I had came with a Ford NAA that my grandfather bought in the 1970s.
 
   / 30HP vs 26HP 60" bush hog? #35  

whitetiger

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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.

If you have a cooling issue, be sure to try cleaning the radiator. I have encountered lots of dirt in mine even though they have debris screens. If you are using a rotary cutter, make sure it is properly adjusted so the rear is slightly higher than the front. I used a 60" cutter on my Kubota 20 hp PTO tractor and 72" cutter on my Kubota 30 hp PTO tractor. The smaller would overheat in continuous heavy material, but I never thought about checking for radiator cleanliness before selling it.

What sounds like a time issue is 13 acres of possible heavy cutting. Instead of buying a replacement tractor, maybe your compromise is hiring most or all of it to be shredded, at least once a year.

If your grounds are rough and weed-infested, maybe solve that problem and maintain it that way afterwards?
DEF or Diesel Exhaust Fluid is used only on 75 HP units.
DPF or Diesel Particulate Filter is used on 25 HP and up units
 
   / 30HP vs 26HP 60" bush hog? #36  

Bobrown14

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We got a big tractor to do tractoring. Cutting brush or hay is a big tractor job.

We got a zero turn to cut grass. A big tractor is terrible at cutting grass even with a rotary cutter because ruts happen.

I can cut grass with the tractor and my rotary cutter after the ground gets hard enough that's usually rare the ground gets that hard. Then when the ground is hard its usually hot enough the grass dont grow. Problems solved.
 
 
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