Good morning, all!
I mowed with the 4720 and 84" Farm King RFM the other day. I was navigating a grassy trail between a defunct Christmas tree fam and the drainage adjacent to it. I wasn't 40 feet in when I heard a clunk. I couldn't move forward nor backward. It turns out that I had not cheated the entire rig close enough Creekside and found a five inch diameter pine or spruce trapped between the left front caster wheel on the mower and the left rear tractor tire. All of the tricks I tried to extricate myself failed, so I decided to remove the mower, pull it out backwards with a chain and reconnect it. I had no means to block the mower, so was only able to get the top link and right side lift arm disconnected and was struggling to get the PTO collar coupler disconnected. I hiked to the house, phoned my youngest BIL for an assist, then grabbed a spud bar and chain, in effect, my walk of shame became a weighted walk of shame.
My BIL was returning from a beer run. My wife showed up in the meantime. I told her that I was fully aware of my folly and was not going to take a lecture from her brother, who could have been the inspiration of the Hotels.com "Captain Obvious" character. After deliberating the way forward, we decided to cut the tree. BIL CO went for a saw. I repositioned the tractor a bit to provide access to the tree. I was firm that the object was to cut the tree without cutting the tire, as an in-field R4 rear replacement would not be cheap. Two cuts, removing the tree, reconnecting the top link and right side Pat's QH, and I was back in play. My wife thought that she should take a photo of this episode; My screams of "Nooo" might still be echoing in the hills.
When I had only the old 8N and ancient Bush Hog, there was enough slop in the lift arms and the Hog deck edges were worn and slick enough that they slipped off of trees.
So as members of the forum continue debating side versus rear discharge finishing mowers, be aware that getting the mower hung up in the trees remains a risk to be reckoned with.
Have safe weekends, all, and remember those who sacrificed all to give us the freedoms that we hold so dear (deere?)