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    Question Food for thought on mower type on a 2XXX.

    I'm just about set to go with something in the 2XXX series SCUT's (most probably 2720) and now I'm wondering which mower setup would be best/easiest/most flexible for 3.5 acres of gently sloping grassland with few trees?

    I've been looking at all the JD belly mowers and Frontier "Grooming Mowers" with the idea that something in the neighborhood of 70" would fit my bill. I'm leaning towards a 3pt grooming mower because I won't have as much trouble disconnecting it for FEL/BH use.

    I've got a 48C on the GX335 for "close in work" and leaf duty, so I need some tips on buying AND using a grooming mower. I've never used a trailing or 3pt type mower before, so all ideas are welcome!
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    RFM's are great in wide open areas, not so great around obstacles IMHO. Since they are attached to the tractor via the 3PH they will swing out quite a bit when you turn. A 2520/2720 will have no trouble running a 72" RFM.
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    I can only give my own personal experience here. I had a RFM and rear rotary mower on my old 40U. My yard is not level. It has lots of hills and dips and lots of trees. I hated using any rear mower on it because they stick so far out the back and are tough to swing around tight places, plus on hills and dips they are always cutting too high or digging in unless you either remove the toplink or use a chain or something flexible to allow the mower to float. When I decided to get a new tractor there were several models I was looking at. When the dealer told me not all of the ones I was looking at could use a MMM, I told him a MMM was a requirement so only show me those tractors that could use one. If you have another mower to use around trees, and the yard is relatively flat, a rear mower should work okay. I still have my rear rotary mower for clearing out brush, but the areas I use it in are mostly flat and if there are any small trees in the way I mow them down and don't try to drive around them.
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    For mowing wide open spaces I would get a flex wing mower, some times called bat wing mowers. Some mount to the 3pt others are pull type. I'm not sure how big the 2720 could handle maybe 8-10' ?
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    Y'all got me to re-thinking the mower now... I thought RFM would be easier for attaching with loader/bh mounting stuff in the way under the tractor(?), but I guess the "drive over" deck for the 2720 would be pretty easy also. I know a single wheel cutter is out for this property, I'd need the stability of the 4 swivel wheels as there is a slight slope around half of it.

    Which brings up another question: Does a PTO mounted RFM "float" and follow ground contours in the lowered position? This is a non issue with a MMM so it would be pretty important to me for a trailing mower. I've never used 3pt attachments and I don't really know how they handle. (Yet!)
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    I have the 62D MMM on my 2520 and am extremely pleased with the quality of the cut. I have heard comprative comments regarding the 72" deck as well.

    FWIW: The 2x20 series machines are CUTs, not SCUTs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    Which brings up another question: Does a PTO mounted RFM "float" and follow ground contours in the lowered position? This is a non issue with a MMM so it would be pretty important to me for a trailing mower. I've never used 3pt attachments and I don't really know how they handle. (Yet!)
    On most RFMs there is a small link the toplink connects to. This link can pivot fore and aft to account for some of the dips and rises, but not all of them. Otherwise, yes, the RFM will basically float over the ground. You can lower the 3PH height lever all the way down and all the 3PH linkage does is tow the RFM behind you and make sure it doesn't move side-to-side.
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    Thanks for all the useful info!!! I just came back from the property (going into contract tomorrow YEAYYYYY!!!) and I spent a couple hours with the owner going over property lines, etc. I think for the new tractor a 72" MMM will be the way to go. There's very few obsticles and most of the place is very smooth.

    PLUS++++ I get a nice one owner Wheelhorse 310-8 w/4' MMM AND a Kubota 4WS "something or other diesel" with a 6' MMM in the home deal. It was too dark back in the shop to see more than the back end of the Kabota... "Whoopie....!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    Thanks for all the useful info!!! I just came back from the property (going into contract tomorrow YEAYYYYY!!!) and I spent a couple hours with the owner going over property lines, etc. I think for the new tractor a 72" MMM will be the way to go. There's very few obsticles and most of the place is very smooth.

    PLUS++++ I get a nice one owner Wheelhorse 310-8 w/4' MMM AND a Kubota 4WS "something or other diesel" with a 6' MMM in the home deal. It was too dark back in the shop to see more than the back end of the Kabota... "Whoopie....!"
    Well, if get that orange clunker sized up for a trade, you could use it while you're waiting on the Green Machine.

    Sounds like you're on your way... Congrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meburdick View Post
    Well, if get that orange clunker sized up for a trade, you could use it while you're waiting on the Green Machine.

    Sounds like you're on your way... Congrats.
    To quote Roseanna Roseannadana, "It's always sumpthin'!" Buried 1000 gal. home heating (OR diesel) tank right next to the garage wall. It goes or we don't sign. There's just too much responsibility to keep the NYS Dept of EnCon happy with all their tank rules! Ball's in seller's court... If this deal goes down I might have to downsize to the 1026r.

    "Orange clunker" is a '90(?) G1800S AWS w/52" deck exactly. I might just form an "interbrand collection" for a while. Quick reasearch sez most owners liked them pretty well... I don't know how they could since they ain't green.
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