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    Brush hog/rotary cutter tail wheel question

    I've run into two schools of thought on this...one says that the tail wheel(s) should always be in contact with the ground and should bear the weight of the cutter in the rear, and is actually part of what sets how the cutter is angled. The other says that the tail wheel should be off the ground and is only there to support the cutter if you go up a steep bank or into a ditch (or whatever), and that the cutter angle should be set with the top link.

    What do you guys think?
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    The manual for my Landpride cutter implies that the tail wheel sets the cutter height. I guess that is why they made it adjustable.
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    Same here, that's how I was taught to set the height of the rear, and according to my Frontier manual I was taught correctly.
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    The tail wheel on my Woods (about the same animal as a Bush hog) is adjustable and run it to always touch the ground.

    To me, it and the 3 point hitch combine to set the angle and cutting height.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Anything I have seen says the tailwheel sets the height. The one on my Brush Bull has about 10 settings. It makes sense. Set the wheel where you want it, making the rear slightly higher to aid with discharge. What little I have run mine confirms thats how it works best. Enough weight on the wheel so that even with a slight uneven grade the wheel follows the grade and stays on the ground
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    Agree with all above our 606 manual says the same. Sets height and angle.
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    i have run them both ways.....with and without the tail wheel.......for general mowing using the tail wheel to set height worked best for me (produces the most consistant cut height).........i have removed the tail wheel for backing into and chopping heavy brush and small trees similar to a skidsteer brush hog setup...
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    For those of you who use the tail wheel to set the cut height (so pretty much everyone ), how much weight goes on the wheel? How do you know how much weight you're putting on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    For those of you who use the tail wheel to set the cut height (so pretty much everyone ), how much weight goes on the wheel? How do you know how much weight you're putting on it?
    I don’t think weight has anything to do with it. Typically you would set the front height with the 3 point to the cut height you want then set the tail wheel so the rear is 1-2” higher than the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    I don’t think weight has anything to do with it. Typically you would set the front height with the 3 point to the cut height you want then set the tail wheel so the rear is 1-2” higher than the front.
    Got that part. And this goes back to my "two schools of thought" original question...

    With the tail wheel touching the ground to set the cutting height...is that wheel actually supporting the weight of the cutter in the rear, or is it just touching the ground but not supporting weight merely to prevent the cutter from dipping below that point?

    If it's the former, then you wouldn't need to adjust the top link to control the angle of the cutter. If it's the latter, then you would need to do that.
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