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    1025 with 60" MMM - Which smooths out a field faster?

    I have a new 1025r with 60” MMM. I mow about 2 acres of pasture style field (no animals). People have told me that over time, the field will get smoother simply from mowing. I find this mostly true but here’s my questions. Which will do the best job of making it smoother over time, side discharging or mulching? Side discharging sort of leaves the long strands and I wonder of that breakdown helps lead to the smoothing over time.

    Now I defer to the experts 😊
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    In my opinion the grass clippings have nothing to do with it.

    I have a couple wooded areas that I have cleared and now natural grasses are growing. The first few years I had to use the brush hog to mow it but now I can do it with my belly mower in the highest position. I feel that it is just a natural occurance that it smooths out plus runing the tractor over it again and again.

    With the grass kept shorter the ground gets more sunlight and moisture from the rain. Over time this tends to loosen the surface some - then running the tractor over it when mowing acts a bit like a roller.

    Just the way I think about it. But it is true that my areas have smoothed out over the years. And no....I am not doing any scalping with the mower deck.

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    If you want to smooth it out just pull a roller over it in the spring or anytime there is alot of moisture in the ground. When i first moved out where i am i ised a roller the first three springs. that was all it took and since i have had more to mow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifterbike View Post
    If you want to smooth it out just pull a roller over it in the spring or anytime there is alot of moisture in the ground. When i first moved out where i am i ised a roller the first three springs. that was all it took and since i have had more to mow.
    A roller would be nice but aren't they about $500 or more? I wonder if that's something I could find at a rental place.
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    tractor supply has one that's 2' by 4', and weighs 920 lbs when full of water for 250 bucks.. a little spendy, but not as much as you thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisc1985 View Post
    tractor supply has one that's 2' by 4', and weighs 920 lbs when full of water for 250 bucks.. a little spendy, but not as much as you thought...
    i have that TSC ROLLER--bought mine yrs ago. it has been a very good roller. i can not fill it the whole way up with water, or i need 4 wheel drive-on my honda 4 wheeler-450ES. jeez-i've had mine probably 10 yrs now. and i got mine back then for $199. a TSC was having a grand opening-and i opened a CC and got so much off-and the roller for $199
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    If you live in a cold winter climate fill the roller with sand.

    A roller filled with water will freeze and crack the roller in the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    In my opinion the grass clippings have nothing to do with it.

    I have a couple wooded areas that I have cleared and now natural grasses are growing. The first few years I had to use the brush hog to mow it but now I can do it with my belly mower in the highest position. I feel that it is just a natural occurance that it smooths out plus runing the tractor over it again and again.

    With the grass kept shorter the ground gets more sunlight and moisture from the rain. Over time this tends to loosen the surface some - then running the tractor over it when mowing acts a bit like a roller.

    Just the way I think about it. But it is true that my areas have smoothed out over the years. And no....I am not doing any scalping with the mower deck.

    [disclaimer - I do not have an SCUT]
    Quote Originally Posted by lewisc1985 View Post
    tractor supply has one that's 2' by 4', and weighs 920 lbs when full of water for 250 bucks.. a little spendy, but not as much as you thought...
    I agree with coaltrain here. I do have a SCUT and my back 2.5+ acres of old pasture has smoothed out some over the 11 years that we've been mowing it, but it's still rough. As for the roller that lewisc1985 mentions, that is the one I use. I have found that it has had little effect on smoothing out my yard, even with the soft clay soils I have. For me, the best way to a smooth yard would be to have it plowed, disked, and then smoothed from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonyPark View Post
    For me, the best way to a smooth yard would be to have it plowed, disked, and then smoothed from there.
    I have definitely considered doing this too. If so, it'll be a 2018 summer project at this point. Geez, my 2017 list is already full.
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