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    1025R Suggested Rotary Cutter Size?

    Purchased a 1025R several weeks ago, which hopefully will be delivered tomorrow due to holidays and multiple dealer issues.

    I need a rotary cutter, but can't decide between 48" 54" or 60".

    First thought is the Frontier 48" but 1025R is right at 48" wide, and am concerned about ability to mow along fences.

    Second thought is 54" but only brand I can find is a Woods, I have an old Woods 60" here and it is worst cutting mower I have ever used, but not sure why. It is also doesn't work with Imatch. Not sure if new 54" would work with Imatch or not.

    Third thought is Frontier 60", but concerned it may be too big & heavy. I already have MX6, and purchased 1025R to get in tighter areas and 60" is only 12" smaller than MX6.

    Dealer is 2.5 hours away, if I can decide I will get them to deliver cutter with tractor and save some driving.

    PLEASE offer your thoughts & suggestions.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Due to weight and as far back it hangs, a 48" is about the limit

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    Quote Originally Posted by EPP View Post
    Purchased a 1025R several weeks ago, which hopefully will be delivered tomorrow due to holidays and multiple dealer issues.

    I need a rotary cutter, but can't decide between 48" 54" or 60".

    First thought is the Frontier 48" but 1025R is right at 48" wide, and am concerned about ability to mow along fences.

    Second thought is 54" but only brand I can find is a Woods, I have an old Woods 60" here and it is worst cutting mower I have ever used, but not sure why. It is also doesn't work with Imatch. Not sure if new 54" would work with Imatch or not.

    Third thought is Frontier 60", but concerned it may be too big & heavy. I already have MX6, and purchased 1025R to get in tighter areas and 60" is only 12" smaller than MX6.

    Dealer is 2.5 hours away, if I can decide I will get them to deliver cutter with tractor and save some driving.

    PLEASE offer your thoughts & suggestions.

    Thank you for your help.

    I have a 60 inch LS Brand made by King Kutter on my 1025R and it handles it just fine. However, you do have to have the front weight to counter balance it. I have to mow with my FEL on to off set the weight. As far as power, I have found it to have plenty. Since you already have a 60 inch, I suggest you try it to see what you think. I understand that you may not want to stay with that particular mower long run, but it will give you an idea of whether you think that is a good size for you. I do use the iMatch on all my rear 3pt equipment and my mower does work with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    I have a 60 inch LS Brand made by King Kutter on my 1025R and it handles it just fine. However, you do have to have the front weight to counter balance it. I have to mow with my FEL on to off set the weight. As far as power, I have found it to have plenty. Since you already have a 60 inch, I suggest you try it to see what you think. I understand that you may not want to stay with that particular mower long run, but it will give you an idea of whether you think that is a good size for you. I do use the iMatch on all my rear 3pt equipment and my mower does work with it.

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    This is good to know.

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    Thanks for the info, I did order the FIL, so I can use that for weight.

    Btw, my land is flat so I don't have the issues some of you have with steep slopes.

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    I have the Frontier 48" and even though I wish it was wider a lot of the stuff I cut is so thick I don't think a wider mower would work for me with my 1026R. So I guess it depends on what you are cutting.
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    Thanks for all the insights, it is what I was hoping for.

    I know if I go with anything larger than 48" there will be times I won't have enough hp to take a full bite. But I can always take 1/2 bite after the first pass.

    Using the rule of thumb of 5 pto hp per foot 20 hp is needed for 48".

    Really struggling with decision, which is why I am asking for opinions.

    Does anyone with SCUT "regret" getting a 48" or 60" cutter?
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    The previous post by Carvel Loafer is right...it depends on what you are going to be cutting with it. If you are just in light grass, not too tall, you might be able to to run 60". But if you are going to be in heavier brush or tall, thick grass, the 1025 will be underpowered for 60". I run a 48", and it has handled everything I wanted it to do with a fair amount of ease. Though in thicker, heavier stuff, even the 48" can make the tractor grunt. IMHO, the 48" is a good match for this tractor; 60" would be too much except maybe in light duty grass cutting; and I have often thought that a 54" might also be a good fit...but you may have to slow down or take a slightly smaller cut with it. And some weight on the front is a must with a rotary cutter on the 1025. My rig:

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    I use a 48" also, it is a good match for the 1025R. Weight would be a concern with the larger mowers.
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    I use a 48" and it does what I need it to do. If my field was flat (there is a fairly steep drop off in one corner) I am confident the 1 series could handle a 60". But for stability and my comfort level, I will stick with the 48".


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