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    Rotary mower for 1026R

    This may be an implement thread, but it's on my 1026R and the 4' County Line mower really doesn't appeal to many other tractors I figured I'd throw this on here. Anyway. TSC got one in today so I picked it up after work. Putting it together could have been a better process. I had to enlarge a couple holes and the small "full" plug on the gearbox won't budge. Other wise it works really well.

    Here I am unloading the mower. Forks work great for this!



    Here's a couple shots afterwards. The mower is almost exactly the same width as the tractor.







    Not a lot to complain about for $749.99 on sale. Had to buy gear oil and a 3/4" drill bit also. No biggy thou.

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    Looks good! and a great price too. I'm planning on doing a lot of clearing this fall/winter with mine. I got the Frontier RC2048 with my tractor and financed it. Didn't know you could buy a 4' rotary mower at that price!
    2012 1026R, 60D Auto-Connect MMM with mechanical lift, H120 FEL, Frontier RC2048 Rotary Cutter and my trusty Stihl FS55 grass and weed pulverizer.

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    Very nice, my tractor supply has the 5 ft version. I wonder if my 1026 has enough power? Does it run that 4 ft. model ok? I cut a 4 acre field and the 4 ft unit seems a little small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuelhog2000 View Post
    Very nice, my tractor supply has the 5 ft version. I wonder if my 1026 has enough power? Does it run that 4 ft. model ok? I cut a 4 acre field and the 4 ft unit seems a little small.
    I'm under the impression that the 5' cutter is too much for the 1026R...at least that's the information I was given. I'd like another foot as well.
    2012 1026R, 60D Auto-Connect MMM with mechanical lift, H120 FEL, Frontier RC2048 Rotary Cutter and my trusty Stihl FS55 grass and weed pulverizer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuelhog2000 View Post
    Very nice, my tractor supply has the 5 ft version. I wonder if my 1026 has enough power? Does it run that 4 ft. model ok? I cut a 4 acre field and the 4 ft unit seems a little small.
    That's a really good question. I almost bought a 5' RM from TSC but I was worried about it being too much also. I can say the 1026 handles the 4 footer with no trouble. I wasn't really mowing anything super heavy. There was lots of grassy area and some shrubs you'd find in a wooded area. Most of it was around trees. Lots of the little ones just mowed right off. I never really pushed anything over an inch thou. Our property has about an acres of over growth and I really liked taking my dog back there for walks. Lots of paths for the ATVs also. Granted its only about an acre but it was still fun. Its kind of on a slop and not smooth at all. I'd say the County Line RM did a fine job. The 1026 doesn't show any signs of being unable to lift the 4' model and I think the 5' is around 100 pounds heavier. Well within the lift rating. If I were to mention one thing I think I'll play with the speed of the 3 point some because it snaps to height so quickly the mower tends to bounce. I was mowing in low and 4x4 because of the terrain so I never really pushed much speed. Mowing up hill didn't seem to phase the 1026 like it does with the MMM, but I normally mow my yard in High. In my scenario the smaller mower gets around very well with all the tight spots I attempted. Knowing how the 4' mower works I wouldn't be afraid of the 5' mower in an open field. Hope this helps!

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    It all depends on what you're cutting, and what the tractor can lift. Hitch capacity aside, they say a good rule of thumb is 5 PTO horsepower for foot of mower. I guess in theory, that works. If you're clearing heavy brush, thorns, or thick tall grass, 5 hp per foot may not be enough. I've mowed some stuff that's stressed a 40 HP tractor with a 6' mower. When I trim my horse pastures though, I can run an 8' mower behind a 35 hp tractor. The grass is short, and I'm mostly knocking down thin spots the horses didn't eat. I know some folks doing the same type of trimming with 15' batwing cutters on 50 HP tractors.
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    That's a good point. Another thing to think about is front ballast. I used my loader with the Artillian JDQA chassis on it and it worked very well. You could easily just pull the bucket and be fine. Now that was with the 4' mower. I'm not sure how that 5 footer and an extra 100 pounds would effect it. I know with out the loader on and my Omni hitch and 400 pounds my tractor had a really light front end when I was playing with my MMM height settings. It made me feel a little uncomfortable so I pulled the weights off. That was on my yard and with a little incline. I'd be scared on a hill.


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    I mowed my woods with a 5' International a couple of months ago and the 1026R had plenty of power. My issue was the weight however. I HAD to have it in 4WD to turn - period. The mower was way too heavy for the tractor. The front wheels came off the ground a few times when mowing over any uneven areas. I had no hills so didn't worry too much about it. Maybe with front weights on the bumper it would have been fine. There was no way I was going to mess with the H120 on he front in a woods. So bottom line is that I will probably get a 4' model AND front weights.

    If I can find out what the International weighs I may change my mind. There are big differences in rotary cutter weights. As I recall the 4' JD model weighs about the same as a 5' KK. Not positive though.

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    Great price on the mower! I use an RC2048 Frontier to mow a dried up pond bed. It walks through 3 foot grass with no issue. It gets noisy when I hit large branches or logs but they rattle around a bit and fly out. I don't think the 1026 even notices. I like the 48" because I keep some pathways cut through my wooded areas and with the loader and mower on it is a long unit but it just fits on the turns I make. I rough cut about 2 acres in total. My neighbour wants me to rough cut an unused pasture, about 5 acres, so I'll do that in the next few weeks.
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    It sure does make noise when it bites into saplings and downed branches.


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