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    RDTH84 vs GR1084R

    Does anyone have an opinion of these two mowers?

    Bush Hog RDTH84 versus the John Deere (Frontier) GM1084R

    What one would be better? According to the JD dealer (also a BH dealer) -- prices are about the same, but the Bush Hog is a better mower.
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    Well, for the purpose of running this behind my John Deere 3520, here is a comparison of the specs with listed "winner" that I put together.

    Data is based off of that available at http://www.bushhog.com/images/storie...RDTH84Spec.pdf, and http://www.deere.com/en_US/docs/non_..._gm_fm_lit.pdf.

    Bush Hog RDTH84 John Deere GM1084R Score Weight
    Type Rear Discharge Rear Discharge --
    Cut Width 84" 84" --
    Cut Height Max 5.5" 4.5" 10%
    Cut Height Low 1.5" 1" 5%
    Required HP 30-55 HP 25-40 HP 25%
    Hitch Type Cat 1 Cat 1 --
    Gearbox HP 55 HP 40 HP 15%
    Weight 874 lbs 750 lbs 10%
    Drive Type Gearbox over v-belt Gearbox over v-belt --
    Spindles 3 (cast-iron) 3 (cast-iron) --
    Blade Speed 18,266 16,730 15%
    Blade Overlap 1.5" 2" 10%
    Deck Thickness 7-gauge 8-gauge 5%
    Belts B section, Kevlar B section, Kevlar --
    Casters 4 (3x13 front, 4x10 rear) 4 Solid (10x3.25 all) 5%
    Final Score 55% 45% --

    Based on those specs, and that criteria.. the winner is the..
    Bush Hog RDTH84
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    I like the blade speed of the Bush hog, but I like the strength and blade over lap of the JD. But the BH weighs more... so?


    Are you using it to mow lawn or maybe a little more? You can turn sharper with the JD due to the blade over lap.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I like the blade speed of the Bush hog, but I like the strength and blade over lap of the JD. But the BH weighs more... so?


    Are you using it to mow lawn or maybe a little more? You can turn sharper with the JD due to the blade over lap.
    Brian,

    I do to. I went back and added a score for each of the specs, and the Bush Hog came out 10% ahead of the JD.

    I think I'll go with the Bush Hog version.

    I'll be using this to mow water ways, and field edges -- so the extra height will work out well. Plus, this will be used as the ballast for FEL work- smaller than a rotary cutter, and has a fairly okay weight.
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    [John Deere] H180 Loader | 540R Loader | E15 Cutter | 630 MoCo | 338 Square Baler
    [Unverferth] Perfecta 10 Field Cultivator



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