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    60" Rotary Cutter (shredder) on a 1025R?

    Can a 1025R comfortable handle a 60" rotary cutter (say a Frontier RC2060) in low-to-moderate grass that is not very thick and only about sheen tall?
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    Nope, IMHO a 48" rotary would be the biggest you should put on a tractor with under 20 HP at the PTO. The good thing is a 1025R isn't much wider than the 48" mower.

    But, you can always try it out and report back...
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    There are a few members here that are using 5' mowers on a 1 series. After you make the first pass, you can take less than a full cut if it's too thick to try and knock down a full 5' swath. Just make sure you have enough weight on to keep the front end down when you lift the cutter, the loader is good for that.
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    The weight of the cutter is more of an issue than power.
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    According to the Deere/Frontier website, the weight difference is only 74 lbs.

    RC2060 = 590 lbs.
    RC2048 = 516 lbs.

    *Cutter configuration: slip clutch, front and rear chain deflectors, and laminated tire

    So is 74 lbs. enough to make a significant difference? That's less than two small suitcase weights. Just curious...
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    The difference in length adds to the weight. It's a lever. The longer it is, the more leverage it has over the tractor. The 1 series is a very short wheelbase machine.
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    Ahhh, that makes sense.
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    My 48" mower is right at the limit of what my 1026R on level without front ballest. With the loader on the front the 1 series is a long machine. This coming year I hope to get a front weight bracket and some suitcase weights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxie View Post
    Can a 1025R comfortable handle a 60" rotary cutter (say a Frontier RC2060) in low-to-moderate grass that is not very thick and only about sheen tall?
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    I run a King Kutter 5 foot brush hog on my 1025R without any issues. Plenty of power. Loader is necessary for counter ballast. It won't lift very high but that is not usually a problem

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    60" Rotary Cutter (shredder) on a 1025R?

    The 1025 cannot "comfortably handle" a 60" rotary cutter. It just cannot. if you go slow and take less than a full cut then I'm sure that it could mow some grass, however, you just defeated the whole purpose of going with a bigger one. There have been many instances in many different types of grasses and weeds that I have been forced to a crawl with just a 48" RC. I don't take a full cut with that either since it doesn't cut the right wheel track very well.


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