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    Hi, I’m looking at an x580 or x738 with 54” deck. How do they do with reasonably forested areas to keep brush in order, is there a maximum thickness or special blades I should use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpig View Post
    Hi, Iím looking at an x580 or x738 with 54Ē deck. How do they do with reasonably forested areas to keep brush in order, is there a maximum thickness or special blades I should use?
    I wouldn't expect either of those tractors with the 54" deck to cut anything much over a foot high. I've got a 345 with the 54" deck and it clogs up when the grass gets much over 12" - 15". Maybe one with the high capacity deck would work for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meyerjrj View Post
    I wouldn't expect either of those tractors with the 54" deck to cut anything much over a foot high. I've got a 345 with the 54" deck and it clogs up when the grass gets much over 12" - 15". Maybe one with the high capacity deck would work for you.
    Ah, I see. So like the x738 high capacity deck? And what diameter of brush / sticks would it cope with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpig View Post
    Ah, I see. So like the x738 high capacity deck? And what diameter of brush / sticks would it cope with?
    I'm going to caution that all of the X500 and X700 decks and blades, including the HC deck are designed to cut GRASS. These are not rotary cutters or brush hogs. Using them as rough cutters is likely to lead to a lot of problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I'm going to caution that all of the X500 and X700 decks and blades, including the HC deck are designed to cut GRASS. These are not rotary cutters or brush hogs. Using them as rough cutters is likely to lead to a lot of problems.
    What attachment for the X700 or X500 might work with brush, if not the decks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpig View Post
    Ah, I see. So like the x738 high capacity deck? And what diameter of brush / sticks would it cope with?
    Nothing much bigger in diameter than a pencil. The other poster is right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpig View Post
    What attachment for the X700 or X500 might work with brush, if not the decks?
    Nothing really for a X500. If the X700 machine was outfitted with the 3PH and rear PTO I assume you could get a small 48" rotary cutter.

    Are you really glued to the X700? I mean, when you add the cost of a 3PH and rear PTO to a X700 you are typically around the same price as a 1023E/1025R which could easily handle a small rear rotary cutter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpig View Post
    Hi, Iím looking at an x580 or x738 with 54Ē deck. How do they do with reasonably forested areas to keep brush in order, is there a maximum thickness or special blades I should use?

    Trying to cut brush with an x??? is like trying to have it swim across a pond. For pretty close to the same money, you can get a 1025R or 1023E and do the same mowing, but you can also get a rear 3pt rotary cutter/brush hog to cut the brush. Plus many more things you can do with it that you cannot do with a x series, such as a front end loader. I first looked at an x series, but soon realized that the 1025R would be so much more useful. That was in 2013 and I have since moved to the country and upgraded to a 4066R.

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    I have a 2011 X748 that I have used to cut up to 2í grass. I have a 54Ē deck that I use and have been doing so for several years for trails that I cut a couple of times a year.
    Iíve cut up to pencil thick saplings and thatís worked okay.
    Iíve recently got a rough cutter so that I donít do it anymore.

    Going slow, it has done relatively fine, except once, when the long grass wrapped around the pto shaft and took out the bearing....lost all the hydro fluid. It was my fault becuase I was cutting too quickly.

    I wouldnít see it as a long term solution if you plan to cut tall grass and saplings regularly.
    But...I will say, the X7s are incredibly hard working and the 748 always impresses me with itís torque, quality of cut, pull loads, climbing capabilities and traction plowing/blowing 2í of snow. Iíll never get rid of it.
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    As others have said, if that's going to be a normal thing for you then you're likely better off with a 1 series tractor which has a factory 3pt and rear PTO. Then add a small brush hog to the back. The X738 will surely be screaming when using the 54" deck on overgrown stuff as you're describing. The diesel in the X758 and 1 series won't be nearly as unhappy and will have plenty of grunt to get the job done.

    I hate to say it but you're likely a candidate for a 1 series such as the 1025R. If you want a little more clearance and lift then the 2025R.
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