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    Rear three point finish mower

    I am doing some future planning and I see an additional 2 acres of grass to mow coming. So I have been watching craigslist for a rear finish mower for the 4520.

    I am looking for a good deal, obviously, but I wonder if its smart.

    I will have a large fairly flat area to cut, but I do have ag tires. Not that this lawn needs to be perfect, but I wonder if the uneven ground caused by a heavy tractor or the ag tires will really bounce around the finish mower?

    Would a pull behind finish mover be any faster than my ztrac?

    About the only advantage to the finish mower is that I have a nice cab, rear discharge to less clumping if not mowed weekly, and a nice cab..LOL.... But on the other hand, I might have to go slower due to mower bounce, have a packed lawn, rumble strips if mowed when wet from the ag tires, and ?

    Anyone have any opinions?



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    Brian,
    I used a 5ft 3PH finish mower for years on our horse pastures. Sold it when we bought a commercial Z. One of the best moves we made.
    3PH finish mowers normally have wheels at the four corners and basically free float with the contour of the land, in my experience the mower itself does not bounce very much, if at all.

    How big is your ztrac- HP/Deck?

    We went from a 5ft 3PH finish mower to the Z with a 52 inch cut, and it cut mowing time by at least 1/3.
    It always seemed when mowing need to be done the tractor was tied up doing something else, had the BH or landscape rake on or I just did not have the time to attach the mower or feel like removing the FEL only to change it back in a couple hours. Spent more time changing attachments than I thought practical. I had to do almost all the large area mowing and with the real estate needed to turn the mower/tractor it was even a PITA for me. With the Z the wife and kids do/did a lot of the mowing, almost all, pasture and lawn.
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    I have a 920 so I think its 26hp and I have a 60 inch deck.



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    With a 60 inch deck I must assume you are mowing a rather large area already, what's another 2 acres? You know these machines just love to cut grass.
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    I mow 2 acres of lawn now and will increase to 4.... I should have said that.....



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    Save the money! Unless there is distance between the places, and thus the need for two mowers, a zero turn will mow much faster than your 4520 - you'd need a batwing to compete. 4 acres of lawn is nothing as well, I'm very surprised you had that big of a mower for that small of a lawn, you should be able to handle it in less than an hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I mow 2 acres of lawn now and will increase to 4.... I should have said that.....
    My wife takes care of approximately 6 acres with our 52" Z. Anything under 2 acres is one beer......if you drink fast.
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    The tractor with a rear finished mower would be disadvantaged I feel over the zero turn from a time stand point. The only advantage with the tractor is the suspension. I use to use my Scag Turf Tiger w/ a 60" deck to cut my property, but needed a chiropractor after each mowing. With the new tractor, life is soooo much easier. I cut 4 acreas with my mid mount and the other 6 with my RC2048. I do not even use the Scag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREENVA View Post
    The only advantage with the tractor is the suspension.
    And the air conditioned cab

    I agree, save the money, and teach the wife and kids to operate the Z
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    And the air conditioned cab

    I agree, save the money, and teach the wife and kids to operate the Z
    That would depend on how fast ya drive!
    Keith

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