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    Belly Mount Mower vs Finish Mower

    I have a 1023 tractor without a mower and about 4 acres to mow. Besides the initial set up which one should I buy for this mowing season? The 4 acres is mostly level with very few trees. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmeyer1224 View Post
    I have a 1023 tractor without a mower and about 4 acres to mow. Besides the initial set up which one should I buy for this mowing season? The 4 acres is mostly level with very few trees. Thank you.
    I am sure you will get many different opinions on this but I would with no doubt go to the 3pt hitch finish mower. It ill mow much better than the belly mow and you have less contraptions to put up with. Hook it up get it set an mow.
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    You haven’t mentioned cost - there is a big (huge) difference in the cost between a 3-point Hitch finish mower and the belly mower from Deere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    You haven’t mentioned cost - there is a big (huge) difference in the cost between a 3-point Hitch finish mower and the belly mower from Deere.
    Coaltrain, cost is not an issue. I'm more concerned with use of ease, finish look, speed of mowing,etc.
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    With few trees and being level, a RFM will work fine for you, plus it is much less expensive. Then, if you have to replace it in the future, it will again cost you less. However, it is usually easy to just replace a spindle when needed. Unless you plan to leave it on the tractor all the time, get an iMatch and a RFM that is iMatch compatible to make it easier to attach. I would go with a 60 inch size. 72 inch might work if you keep your grass short by mowing often with a high cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmeyer1224 View Post
    Coaltrain, cost is not an issue. I'm more concerned with use of ease, finish look, speed of mowing,etc.
    I think you'd find that the RFM is much easier to connect/disconnect than the belly mower. I don't think you's see any difference in mowing speed. They'd both be the same for that. I suspect that the RFM would be less likely to scalp the lawn. They usually have a height adjustment wheel at each corner.

    The RFM obviously makes the machine much longer which, in turn, makes it harder to store with the mower attached. Lots of guys hook up the belly mower and leave it on until winter. That's harder to do with a RFM unless you have a big wide-open storage area.
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    Wide open areas = RFM
    Tight quarters, lots of obstacles = belly mower
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmeyer1224 View Post
    Coaltrain, cost is not an issue. I'm more concerned with use of ease, finish look, speed of mowing,etc.
    If cost were not an issue, I would get a dedicated machine (ZTR) to mow with and use the tractor for everything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Kubar View Post
    If cost were not an issue, I would get a dedicated machine (ZTR) to mow with and use the tractor for everything else.
    ^^^This.
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    I would have several tractors and mowers if cost was not a problem and after that the list would be long! Mowing is kind of a pain with a brush hog on the fence lines but I have only done them once so far. Got 390 hours of running the tractor and about 8-10 hours of mowing! Going out to turn dirt again which is fun to me. The pile is higher then the tractor and over 30 ft long. I just have to roll the whole stack over once. One scoop at a time then push a bunch on top of that base. Looking to borrow a Tiller to try and see how good it would mix this stuff up?Click image for larger version. 

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    Back inside that was fun!
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