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    Which Finish Mower???

    This will be my first finish mower. As some of the guys here know, I used to own a cabin with seven rocky acres. I am getting ready to own my next home which will have 3 to 4 acres of pasture. Previous owner hayed it. I don’t need the hay right now so I am just going to keep it cut. My tractor is a 2038R. So, I know nothing about finish mowers for a tractor. Brand suggestions? Are the King Kutters as good as the Frontiers or Woods? What is difference between single belt and dual belt? 60 or 72 inch? I read rear discharge is usually preferred. Lots of questions, need lots of help. Thanks fellas.
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    I can’t answer most of these questions but I’d do 72”. It’s what I have as a MMM on my 2038r and it can turn that size easily.


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    I prefer a side discharge, heavy clippings can be directed for easier pick up if needed.
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    Are you sure you want a finish mower for a pasture that was preciously hayed? Some fields like that can be pretty rough where a brush hog would be much better suited for.
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    I bought this 6 foot Woods last spring,, it will mow 4 acres of pasture in a blink of an eye behind the JD 4105,,
    The mower is rear discharge,, I believe it is a PRD 7200,,
    the wheels on this model are REALLY stout compared to the regular Woods 72" mower.



    I mowed my daughters 1 acre earlier this week,, my wife asked if that took 15 minutes?
    It did take over 15 minutes,, because I was going slow around the trees in the yard,,, just barely over 15 minutes,,,
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    Coal, I thought about that. I walked the fields and they seem pretty soft. If it works well on the yard around the house I might be able to mow the whole property with it also. Not for sure about that yet. That would just be a bonus. Just looking for some experience. Seems everyone is in agreement that the 2038 can turn a 72 in. 30.4hp at the pto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yank View Post
    Coal, I thought about that. I walked the fields and they seem pretty soft. If it works well on the yard around the house I might be able to mow the whole property with it also. Not for sure about that yet. That would just be a bonus. Just looking for some experience. Seems everyone is in agreement that the 2038 can turn a 72 in. 30.4hp at the pto.
    A finish mower can work very well in a field as long as it isn’t really rutted or have mounds.

    A finish mower can do more like you said but a brush hog may have other uses also. A brush hog can give a nice cut if you sharpen the blades once in a while.

    Just think about a finish mower that will ride in the 4 little wheels - will it work in this terrain? A brush hog is carried so it can be used on rougher ground.
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    I'm in my 3rd or 4th season with my 6' Agmate from Agri Supply. It's a chinese made mower but very sturdy simple design and they keep parts in stock if I ever need any. It's a rear discharge which I prefer. I replaced the drive pulley with one from the 4/5 foot model to increase the blade speed a little but I can't say I could tell any difference in the quality of cut. The cut quality is actually a little better than my F725 John Deere mower. I have used it in areas I shouldn't and haven't torn it up yet.

    They show 11 in stock at the Petersburg Va store.
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    I had a 60" Rhino finish mower a few years ago, it did a decent job cutting grass. I think just about any finish mower will leave a satisfactory cut. Some things I would recommend; find a mower where you can get parts locally, I couldn't do that with my Rhino and it was a pain. 72" is what I would try to find assuming it's in the budget, the time saved is worth it because you'll likely be cutting more than once a week in the spring and fall. My Rhino had dual belts and I would prefer a unit with this configuration versus a single belt. If you are cutting around obstacles such as trees, buildings and poles you have to be very careful not to swing the mower into those things, I know this from experience. If you do have several of these you might consider a zero turn mower or a belly mower for your tractor. In fairness I've not had good luck with the mower on my 2038 and wish I had purchased a zero turn for grass cutting duties.
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