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    Rotary Broom Questions

    Hey guys,

    I was considering a rotary broom attachment for spring cleanup duties, mainly gravel. However, when I see videos of them, they are spinning so fast that they would throw the gravel 30 feet making more of a mess than what I started with.

    Would there be enough of a slowdown in rotation speed via engine RPMs to make it usable for stone cleanup or any other method of varying the rotational speed?

    Does anyone have any experience with the rotary brooms that can chime in?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I control my broom speed with the tractor RPMs. It is the only way I know how to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    I control my broom speed with the tractor RPMs. It is the only way I know how to do it.

    Thanks Randy, that is what I thought.

    I guess as long as the engine RPMs are proportioned in such a manner that you can slowly move forward with the broom spinning slowly enough to move gravel forward without throwing it. I don't have any experience with them so I am not sure how fast it would spinning at or near idle speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpmst3 View Post
    Thanks Randy, that is what I thought.

    I guess as long as the engine RPMs are proportioned in such a manner that you can slowly move forward with the broom spinning slowly enough to move gravel forward without throwing it. I don't have any experience with them so I am not sure how fast it would spinning at or near idle speeds.
    I don't think you have to worry to much about it. Yes, it will throw debris, but just a little down throttle will do a lot depending on the material you are sweeping. If you are not careful, though, you can rip all the grass right out. So, a slow RPM and a light downward brush pressure, along with not sitting in any one spot to long. A dry lawn is a must too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    I don't think you have to worry to much about it. Yes, it will throw debris, but just a little down throttle will do a lot depending on the material you are sweeping. If you are not careful, though, you can rip all the grass right out. So, a slow RPM and a light downward brush pressure, along with not sitting in any one spot to long. A dry lawn is a must too.
    Thanks again Randy!

    That is the answer I was hoping to hear. I was hoping to use it on the some grass and mostly on the driveway where the tons of gravel accumulate from the public plows. Grrrr.

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    I have both the old style 51 broom and the new 52. The old 51 will not throw the rocks but more like window row them when angled. The 52 will throw rocks a mile when at full throttle.. To control them, like Randy said slow RPMs down. Also dont angle as much if you have a narrow driveway, throw it more forward..


    Also for any broomers out there, when your done and all rocks back on the driveway, have you ever went to one end of drive, angle back toward center of driveway, lower broom, throttle up and back up at a good clip? If not, try it next time, it will feather out the windrow on the edge of the drive/yard..
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEWT View Post
    I have both the old style 51 broom and the new 52. The old 51 will not throw the rocks but more like window row them when angled. The 52 will throw rocks a mile when at full throttle.. To control them, like Randy said slow RPMs down. Also dont angle as much if you have a narrow driveway, throw it more forward..


    Also for any broomers out there, when your done and all rocks back on the driveway, have you ever went to one end of drive, angle back toward center of driveway, lower broom, throttle up and back up at a good clip? If not, try it next time, it will feather out the windrow on the edge of the drive/yard..
    Gotcha, thanks NEWT!

    I just may have to get myself a broom in the future!

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    How much one should expect to pay for a brand new rotary broom on a 1025R?
    I want it all hydraulic (angling + up dans down)

    Which brand? JD? Other?
    52 or 60 inches?

    I will mainly use it to clean driveways or cycling paths.

    Thank you!
    2014 1025r TLB, Frontier 48" rotary cutter, Frontier 60" rear blade, Homemade subsoiler

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