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    Very bumpy 5 acre pasture

    Hi folks; been a while since I last posted -

    Coming up on season 3 with my 1025R and 60D 7 iron deck and thinking I am getting a little tired of it taking me nearly 5 hours to mow these 5 acres because I have to go so slow due to the bumps (not to mention the back pain). Its great to have the seat with springs, but the little tractor gets thrown around too much.

    So I am wondering if I can't make this property better with what I have. I have the 1025R TLB with 60D 7iron , the 2048 BB, the H120R loader, and the Frontier RT1149 tiller (and the 260 Backhoe, but don't know how that would help level things).

    I love this tractor - and I have a feeling it would make short work of this field if I knew what I was doing. I read all kinds of solutions on this elsewhere from just using the BB, to using the tiller and the BB, to driving backwards with the bucket down on float.

    Before I go out and experiment and potentially make a big mess, I thought I'd check with the pros to see if anyone else has had experience in this area. I don't care if I ruin the grass as long as it will come back. It doesn't have to be super pretty, just has to be less bumpy.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts/help. Also, if the answer is get a bigger tractor, well, if I must I must. Just don't twist my arm too much.
    -Ed
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    Perhaps pictures would help.....first thought is a land plane to redo lawn
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    been thinking about ur post some. why couldn't u do say a small block of area at a time. me-i would till it, then use the box blade to level, use an old set of box springs to drag it-then throw grass seed down, mulch it-water and wait.
    once that grass go started-start all over then again. might take 2 summers-but it would be smooth then.
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    If you want to do it with what you have...till it. You'd get some great seat time. If you had a disc then you could disc it after you got it tilled to tighten the ground back up and smooth out everything. Bigger tractor won't help on the bumps just because it's bigger but it will make the job go faster as far as tilling and disking or whatever you end up doing to make it smoother.
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    BigJim and Levi are giving you good advice and I agree 100%
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    ejb14, You need a bigger tractor with bigger tires.
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    If you want to think way outside the box, check with a construction company to bring in a big roller. You can somewhat regulate the impact by when they come in. Spring it may be a bit too soft and the tail end of summer may be a bit hard depending on rain. The good side is that it is done in one day. Down side is it will cost a few hundred dollars.

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    A lot of my options would include purchasing something. I have a cultiplacker that works amazingly well for smoothing out rough ground. When the ground is a touch soft I will pull it around and it really does great at getting things smoother. A roller would give close to same results. I'm not a fan of tilling lawns/pastures due to making the soil way to soft/loose. I have found things will settle in time to become dang near just as rough as what you started with unless you roll/pack the ground after tilling it up. A disk would work nicely. A disk and a pulverizer works extremely well. There are a lot of options with purchasing implements to help but it could get costly rather quickly in buying implements that you probably wouldn't use after fixing your ground.

    Purchasing a larger tractor with larger tires will certainly help IMO.

    The option I would go with being that you stated you really like your tractor...... DITCH THE R4's! I don't see you mentioning what tires you have on your tractor but any time I read or hear someone mention being beat around on their tractor the first thing I think of is "stupid R4's". If those are the tires you have on your tractor I would strongly suggest switching to turfs, IMO the R4's are way to rigid and robs you of the "tractor joy" when using that tractor on rougher ground.
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    5 acres is an enormous area, when you only have 26" tall tires,,

    My nephew and I were hired to change a 5 acre field into a mowable front yard.
    We took TWO tractors, both over 150HP,, and it still took a half day,,,

    Do you have lots of time, or do you want it done before April 15TH,,, ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    5 acres is an enormous area, when you only have 26" tall tires,,

    My nephew and I were hired to change a 5 acre field into a mowable front yard.
    We took TWO tractors, both over 150HP,, and it still took a half day,,,

    Do you have lots of time, or do you want it done before April 15TH,,, ??
    What kind of ground did you start with? I am OFTEN hired to give people a lawn, turn crop ground into pasture, or rework pastures in the 3-10 acre range and never needed 2 150 horse tractors. We have them but there's no freaking way I'm going to drive them all over multiple counties to do the work when I am easily getting the work done with a 30-40 horse tractor and a 7' disk?
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