Today I had the chance to put in a full 8 hours on the new mower. Spent most of the day raking up pine needles with the 6' rake made by Leinbach for this purpose. I was impressed by how good a job this thing does, leaves the ground similar to handraking in one pass.
The mower handled the task well and feels much more stable riding along a ditch than any of the others I have used, this thing is low and wide. Yet high enough that the mower deck never dragged on anything. I had a few spots I also mowed down and now with that done I can remove the deck and leave it at home to finish the raking jobs. This works out to be about 4 to 5 times as fast as handraking and easy to do all day long.
I also purchased a new 60" Frontier landscape rake and after all the needles are up I will use it to do some smoothing on one of the customers lawns. I removed about 75 old stumps a few weeks ago and need to dress up some spots.
Figured out one thing for sure, I will need a larger dump trailer, my small trash trailer is 5'X12' and with the mower and landscape rake angled to fit I had about half an inch of clearance to close the gate. Any larger implements won't fit.
Will add some pics Thursday as I left the camera at home today.