I have a pretty steep ditch in the front of my property and along my driveway. My neighbors have the same issue and some of them just let it grow out of control. I can't mow it with any of my equipment due to the incline. It's close to 40 degrees in some areas I'm thinking. I have to spend a long time weed-eating this ditch which is a huge PITA. I end up sliding and falling and hurting my back due to the slope. So I was thinking a sickle bar mower attached to my 1026R might be a solution. Problem is, I don't know much about them. I need one that can mow when angled up or down. Can you give me some tips on what models to look for or ones to stay away from? Any problems that I should be aware of? Is there a HP per foot rating?
I see them listed in CL pretty regularly ranging in price from $150 to over $2000. I don't want to spend a ton of money on this. Does anybody make a descent new one that doesn't cost a ton? It seems to me that sickle bar mowers are almost a relic these days. It would be really cool if I could use the same mower on my old model 60 when I get it running. Then I could have a dedicated ditch mower.
I was thinking something in the 6'-7' foot range. That way I could stay on safe ground while the mower stayed on the slopes. What are your thoughts?