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    Yea I textbook mow pretty much. Throttle down to hit the button to engage. Throttle up to the yellow gear display (3100-3150) and mow. Feels like plenty of power to mow my stuff. Iím on a level lot, and mow regularly, so not much of a hassle for my 60D. Iím still getting all the rocks and roots out of my yard, and clearing other areas and planting seed, so my blades look like a failed knife on Forged in Fire. They would ask me to leave the forge....anyhoo, recommended rpm works for me. Also, keep those pulleys greased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SulleyBear View Post
    We are flip flopping back and forth between engine RPM's and PTO RPM's in the comments.

    I mow at 3,200 engine RPM's to get 540 rear PTO speed and the proper Mid PTO speed, 2,100 RPM's. My tractor's tach has the little "PTO symbol" at 3,200 RPM's, which is the targeted engine speed to spin either PTO shaft at its optimal speed for those implements.

    The faster the blade speed, the better the clipping dispersion, the greater the grass lift and the better the cut.

    As far as the diesel "tone" or engine sound, I wear hearing protection and Guns and Roses and Ac/Dc sound good at any RPM in my ear buds under the ear muffs blocking out the machine sound........after you have used your machine long enough, you can actually "feel" the machines performance and function. In a strange way, blocking out the operating sound allows me to be more in touch with the machines actual operation. Plus you feel the machines operational rotation and can tell when something isn't right.
    Good post! I put ear plugs in but no music. I like to hear myself think when mowing for some odd reason...


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    CarolDeere - I play in the LCUT 4-series world. I have a mid mount pto and the switch, but elected to opt for a rear mount PTO Rear Mount rear discharge finishing mower in lieu of a mid mount mower deck . If I were running a hand scythe, weed whip or garden shears, I always favor dry grass, very sharp blades, and the highest blade tip speed reasonably practicable. In my case, about 2200 engine RPM, which is 80% or more of 540 RPM rear PTO speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaDeere View Post
    1023e with 54" deck...assuming flat ground and "normal" yard mowing (not heavy or wet) - any favorite RPM setting? I've settled in at about 2250 or 2300 and it never seems to bog or work hard even up hills.

    Not sure there's any magic to it, just curious and wanted to ask. Only 5 hours on the machine so far
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    Thanks for all the great replies guys. I was thinking the grass looked good, and was just scaling back the rpms to take it easier - but see that it's not necessary.

    This is what I appreciate about the forum. Simple discussion ...but you always pick up something new like "dont forget the belts" and: why? Because of grass lift...

    I usually follow the manual yes - but it's like having a cup of coffee with about 15 of us, and tapping the wisdom of everyone. Thanks for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by SulleyBear View Post
    We are flip flopping back and forth between engine RPM's and PTO RPM's in the comments.

    I mow at 3,200 engine RPM's to get 540 rear PTO speed and the proper Mid PTO speed, 2,100 RPM's. My tractor's tach has the little "PTO symbol" at 3,200 RPM's, which is the targeted engine speed to spin either PTO shaft at its optimal speed for those implements.

    The faster the blade speed, the better the clipping dispersion, the greater the grass lift and the better the cut.

    As far as the diesel "tone" or engine sound, I wear hearing protection and Guns and Roses and Ac/Dc sound good at any RPM in my ear buds under the ear muffs blocking out the machine sound........after you have used your machine long enough, you can actually "feel" the machines performance and function. In a strange way, blocking out the operating sound allows me to be more in touch with the machines actual operation. Plus you feel the machines operational rotation and can tell when something isn't right.
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    I go by the ,ĒptoĒ mark on the gauge. I donít over complicate it or try to reinvent the manufacturers recommended speed. Itís there for a reason. Usually when I try to reinvent the wheel, it wobbles.
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    True. In most cases that's correct. I was wondering at first if the PTO mark was an upper limit, or a "use this always"

    Quote Originally Posted by Firemark View Post
    I go by the ,”pto” mark on the gauge. I don’t over complicate it or try to reinvent the manufacturers recommended speed. It’s there for a reason. Usually when I try to reinvent the wheel, it wobbles.

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    WOT gets me in the PTO zone


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    I question everything... sometimes I disagree with the OEM recommendations, but most times I just do it.

    I've had discussion with friends before, who have outright told me I was abusing my equipment by mowing with the throttle so high and travel speed so fast.
    (My 318.. the book said put it on the Bunny, my 1023e the book says 2100 PTO.. I did, and do, that mowing, because I want it cut as fast as the machine is designed to cut.)

    My answer to this is that the engineers at John Deere have spent millions of dollars researching and developing systems to cut grass for years... I quit high school... who am I to question this?
    And then I ask my friend if he thinks he knows more than their team of engineers does...he shrugs...

    Now.. to be honest, this particular friend is wicked smart... and he probably does, or could have better answers than they do... but I don't give a squirt about that, I just like to win arguments by trying to sound smarter than I really am

    That all having been said...
    If you are not shooting for the exact "acres per hour cut" specification they give in the book, are happy with the cut you are getting, and aren't luggin' your engine all the time... do what you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWV View Post
    I question everything... sometimes I disagree with the OEM recommendations, but most times I just do it.

    I've had discussion with friends before, who have outright told me I was abusing my equipment by mowing with the throttle so high and travel speed so fast.
    (My 318.. the book said put it on the Bunny, my 1023e the book says 2100 PTO.. I did, and do, that mowing, because I want it cut as fast as the machine is designed to cut.)

    My answer to this is that the engineers at John Deere have spent millions of dollars researching and developing systems to cut grass for years... I quit high school... who am I to question this?
    And then I ask my friend if he thinks he knows more than their team of engineers does...he shrugs...

    Now.. to be honest, this particular friend is wicked smart... and he probably does, or could have better answers than they do... but I don't give a squirt about that, I just like to win arguments by trying to sound smarter than I really am

    That all having been said...
    If you are not shooting for the exact "acres per hour cut" specification they give in the book, are happy with the cut you are getting, and aren't luggin' your engine all the time... do what you like.
    My thought is, I have had folks telling me things for years...What I see with my own eyes and experiences ends up being what I believe...
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