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    Rotary cutters or brush cutters?

    Well I'm confused, I have a new 1025r and am interested in getting a cutter for my tractor. I have seen prices at the lowest of below 800 bucks that being the Nortrac sold by Northern Tools to a little over 1000 bucks for other brands. I have no idea what the Deere model goes for because they dont advertise prices. I assume for my tractor a 48" is about the biggest and I think it would suit my needs just fine. Anybody here have any experience with brands other than Deere like king kutter or Nortrac? Thanks in advance for any and all responses.

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    4 foot is ideal, maybe 5 if you've got real flat, real clear land you're cutting.

    we just bought a TSC Countyline 4 foot model, it's working well so far. we picked it up with a 10% coupon as well, so it was under 900. seems reasonably well made. the Frontier RC2048 is around 1600.

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    I have a Woods rotary cutter that I use for mowing trails. It leaves a rough cut and it will destroy about anything it hits. I hit rocks but just raise it over until I am beyond it. Each year we spend a day removing rocks and filling in low spots. If I had more time the trails would be cleaner. I only mow them 2-3 times a year, just want to knock down the big crap. Our mower is 15-20 years old and still works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisc1985 View Post
    4 foot is ideal, maybe 5 if you've got real flat, real clear land you're cutting.

    we just bought a TSC Countyline 4 foot model, it's working well so far. we picked it up with a 10% coupon as well, so it was under 900. seems reasonably well made. the Frontier RC2048 is around 1600.
    Yes my land is flat and there is a tractor supply store about 50 miles away from me and they sell that brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardware man View Post
    I have a Woods rotary cutter that I use for mowing trails. It leaves a rough cut and it will destroy about anything it hits. I hit rocks but just raise it over until I am beyond it. Each year we spend a day removing rocks and filling in low spots. If I had more time the trails would be cleaner. I only mow them 2-3 times a year, just want to knock down the big crap. Our mower is 15-20 years old and still works great.
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    The top rotary cutter brands seem to be Woods, Land Pride, Brush Hog, Rhino and Brown. My dad owned 3 or 4 Woods pull-type and I bought a new Woods BB72X last year for my Ford 3000. All have worked flawlessly and we've been pleased with the easy blade removal design. I also own a medium duty Land Pride 5' rotary cutter and the quality is equal to or better than Woods' BB720X.

    Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. Spend a little extra now and you'll likely enjoy a very long trouble-free life span. The leading brands are also much easier to sell if you eventually upgrade to a larger cutter.
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    It is like everything else involving a tractor opinions will very. if you have a tsc close get that. They work well and I use a five foot I got off of craigslist for 500 and the parts are easier to get because they sell more of them. John deere has grossly under rated the pto hp imho. I cut brush up to 1.5 inch no problem. Just slow and steady and I don't lift mine much except to get over curbs.

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    For the most part, you are going to get what you pay for. If you buy cheap, expect to get cheap. IMHO, a rotary cutter isn't something you should go cheap for unless you are doing light cutting once or twice a year. Heavy duty cutting requires a heavy duty cutter. It is just that simple. I have had good luck with Woods and Rhino brand cutters.

    I think you are correct in looking for a 48" model. Any more than that is really going to give your 1025 a run for its money.

    Another thing to consider is the availability of replacement parts. With a TSC right down the road, a country line cutter makes more sense than another brand whose closest dealer is an hour or two away. Yes, the internet can deliver a part right to your door, but it may take a week.
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    Really depends on your use, too. You can get by cheaper if you are using it for fairly light duty. That is what I use mine for...just to mow down some pasture grass. I get by with a cheap, light-duty Howse. If you are going to use it in heavier brush, you will need a heavier duty, better quality cutter. I could also probably get by with a five foot, but in really heavy stuff I can make the tractor grunt if I try to go through it too fast. And because posts like this are useless without pics:

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