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    Rotary cutter for new Gen 2025R

    Looking at getting a bush hog for the 2025R before the steel prices go up. I have been eyeing the tractor supply (tarter) 60in cutter, as they have a rounded rear model for 999.00 (order to store). They also have another 60in that is 1300.00 in stock, not sure what the difference is.

    Anyway, anyone running a 60 inch either on a 1025R or 2025R, or is a 48in the way to go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12dbsinad View Post
    Looking at getting a bush hog for the 2025R before the steel prices go up. I have been eyeing the tractor supply (tarter) 60in cutter, as they have a rounded rear model for 999.00 (order to store). They also have another 60in that is 1300.00 in stock, not sure what the difference is.

    Anyway, anyone running a 60 inch either on a 1025R or 2025R, or is a 48in the way to go?
    I would suggest it be wider than the tractor. I run a 60 on my 2032.
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    I purchased a new 2018 2025R a few weeks ago. Purchased with it was a Frontier RC 2060 rotary cutter. Mowed at deer camp a couple weeks ago and was well pleased with the performance of tractor and cutter. Areas I was mowing are relatively flat and the material being cut was heavy grass and weeds 24 to 30 inches tall with an occasional small sapling or bit of brush. Did not bog down the tractor or cutter at all.
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    How does it handle the extra weight and lenght on the back when lifted?
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    Depending upon the material you are cutting, the 60" might be too wide. I have really worked the Frontier RC2048 mower and it has slowed down the tractor engine speed when in the very heavy and tall stuff. I have cut stuff as tall as 7', which is about the roof height of the cab.

    I know that with the same engine, I wouldn't put a 5' mower behind my 1025R because of the material I have cut.

    Personally, I would NOT have a rear 3 point mower that didn't have the following;

    1. Slip Clutch (very important and will likely come into use at some point)

    2. Front and rear safety chains to deflect material as it is cut and thrown out.

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    This is why you will want a slip clutch because the stuff which can hide in tall material can reall be a problem. I pushed this stuff out with the bucket as I always run with the bucket very low, with the front edge tipped as high as it will go. That way, if you encounter something like the tree in the tall weeds, the loader will find it and you can stop and push it out of the way with the tractor before hitting it with the mower or tractor or both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12dbsinad View Post
    Looking at getting a bush hog for the 2025R before the steel prices go up. I have been eyeing the tractor supply (tarter) 60in cutter, as they have a rounded rear model for 999.00 (order to store). They also have another 60in that is 1300.00 in stock, not sure what the difference is.

    Anyway, anyone running a 60 inch either on a 1025R or 2025R, or is a 48in the way to go?
    I think my Frontier RC2048 with the Slip Clutch and the safety chains retailed for $1,550 and I think my buy price was actually right at $1,300........So make sure when comparing other companies products, you are comparing them to Deere's actual selling prices that your dealer should have given you, not their retail prices that few if anyone actually pays.
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    Just a couple months ago I picked up a used 2015 RC2048 in great condition from my dealer, who took it in on trade. Looks like it had only been used a hand full of times. Paid $1000. Doesn't have the chains like SulleyBear's, but still thought it was worth it. At least $500 less than new and does a great job. Good deals are out there if you can be patient for them to come along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeClose View Post
    How does it handle the extra weight and lenght on the back when lifted?
    Handles the extra length and weight without a problem. Could use a bit more lift in my opinion but works okay with what it has. I am running with the FEL on as a counterbalance of course. Installed the front weight bracket today so if I should want to run without the FEL I will be able to. Might be a different story if I was cutting heavy growth that was axle tall on a Ferris wheel but have no intention of letting things get to that point. I can always slow down and take smaller width cut if need be. My RC 2060 has the slip clutch and the chain deflectors front and rear. Think I paid around $1500 for it with the tractor purchase.
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    I run 48 behind my 1025R and typically cut down stalky / tougher weeds with mixed tall grass. It's a workout for the tractor and I wouldn't want a bigger cutter. For weight I keep the FEL on and often toss a bunch of larger rocks in to keep steering authority, plus as SullyBear mentioned run it low to knock down the overgrowth.

    Like tillers and soil types, it depends on what kind of material you are cutting down. If it is more grassy a 60 might be ok. If it is too much for the tractor every now and then you can always make a partial cut pass.

    Either way, watch your temps and clean the front grill and radiator screen regularly.
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    I run a RC2048 behind mine and there are times when it bogs my machine down. It's plenty wide and a 12" on a small property it not that much bigger. On long runs I can see it saving some time. Plus the 48" is nice to maneuver in and out of trees.
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