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    I have found the belly mower on my 2305 to be useless on my 8 wooded acres. It kicks up leaves and weed fluff that immediately get sucked onto the radiator screen. I literally have to hop off and clear it every 4-5 minutes or we overheat. Will a rear PTO mower cure my headache? Do you have a recommendation?

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    Welcome to GTT,
    Yes a RFM (rear finish mower) will help in that regard, but every 4-5 minutes sounds pretty extreme, are you sure the deck is set up correctly?
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    RFM on 2305

    Iím learning to pay attention to grass on the front grill nowadays, I didnít used to much.

    I mowed about 5.5 acres for 12 1/2 seasons with a 2305 and Frontier 5í RFM. Itís not a warm climate and I have never over heated that tractor. I have clogged up the front grill a few times. I have transitioned to a garden tractor for mowing over the past year. There are a host of differences between an RFM and a MMM. I have never had an MMM on the 2305. As far as the garden tractor/MMM is concerned I wear a lot more grass and pollen than I ever did with the RFM. I think the rear discharge has some definite advantages on that. With the RFM I have issues with speed, over lap, bent over grass in front of the blades, and a sore neck from constantly looking over my shoulder. The RFM is a fantastic tool when you need to knock down grass fast and have a somewhat decent cut. For my moist damp grass it was not producing the look that I want nowadays. My needs and desires have changed. I will keep it and use it on occasion. The down side is that it cost $1600 in 2006 and looks to me like about $2800 to replace today. I looked at getting an MMM for my 2305 last year. I ended up with a garden tractor to mow with instead. Has your 2305 always clogged up and over heated? Iíve read some accounts of failing radiators as a reason for over heating in the 2305. Thatís about a $1200 fix. Good luck.
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    I had the same problem but I could run longer 15-30 minutes. Deere makes a couple of metal brackets that mount to the lip of the deck I think it is called some thing like blow out kits I added the kits and it has helped some. I found if you keep the deck at a lower cut 3" instead of 5 1/2" helps also.

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    If you have the 62c deck on your 2305 then the anti blowout kit is what you need. I had the same problem with my X595. I also added G6 Gator blades and get a nice mow with the clippings getting chopped up better.
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    Thank you all for your thoughts and advice. This is my fourth season with this tractor. The screen clogging and overheating have always been problematic. Worst ever yesterday. We’re very dry here and the live oak leaves are flying about more than usual. I do mow with the MMM deck at highest setting. I’ll try lowering it a bit. I mow rough, grassy/weedy, debris-laden wood lot. Is the anti-blowback kit practical for this kind of mowing?

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    Can't remember does the 2305 have a screen behind the radiator.. if so it may be clogged..

    Just clearing the front grill shouldn't be causing that much overheating. Just my 2cents.

    Plus is your radiator and over flow tank about half full with antifreeze .
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    I have 4 acres in the woods to mow. I cleaned the screen tonight when I finished. The grill was ugly but the inner screen was not bad. Had over an inch of dandelion and other assorted blowing seeds piled on top of the deck.

    I kept the deck low and pop it for raised root systems etc so I donít scalp them. I the th mulch kit on. I have far less issues with stuff blowing back up the front since I put the mulch kit on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    Can't remember does the 2305 have a screen behind the radiator.. if so it may be clogged..

    Just clearing the front grill shouldn't be causing that much overheating. Just my 2cents.

    Plus is your radiator and over flow tank about half full with antifreeze .
    It does have a screen just in front of the radiator and it will over heat if the front grill is clogged.

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