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My one year old 3039R cab tractor (225 hours) vibrates with the newly purchased MX5. I use this tractor to mow 8-10 acres of grass weekly with a 6' finish mower with ZERO vibrations or troubles, in fact I sometimes forget the mower is running back there! I went to JD and bought a brand new MX5 cutter two weeks ago thursday, brought it home myself and put it on friday AM. The whole tractor vibrates, the steering wheel shakes an inch! Send it back to JD (they picked up) and said its fine, but we will replace the blades to see if it will resolve the issue. They delivered it back this morning, we hooked it to my tractor (they said they had ran it on a 3038e smoothly) and its even worse, the whole tractor vibrates! I sent it back of course, and said not to bring it back I was done with it. The salesman called and told me they cancelled the contract on it (luckily I opted to finance it!) and he was sorry. He then said the service dept had found a bulletin on the 3r cab tractors saying that they all vibrate with a 5' cutter behind them, regardless of the unit. SO, I typed all that to ask this, is he full of it or what? I need a bush hog, want to go buy one today on the way home (bush hog brand or titan 1500) but he said I better take the tractor as it will not work. WTF? I cannot imagine that this tractor cannot use a 5' cutter without shaking itself apart, it makes no sense. Every other PTO driven implement has no problems, my buddies 6' cutter is smooth but he says its ONLY with a 5'! Any words of wisdom? Really need to get some cutting done here, my old 5-1/2' bush hog is worn out but doesnt vibrate this bad! The stump jumper is bent on it and I cannot get it off so its getting replaced. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! FYI I really do want a 5' cutter as I would like it tucked behind the tires so it wont catch small saplings and push the down the sides of the tractor.

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My MX6 would vibrate from time to time on my 3046r. To stop it I would hit some super thick grass or start and stop the PTO. I think one blade would get stuck from time to time. Most of the time it was like any other cutter.

I now have an MX5 with my 2038. I love it. Yes, you can tell when it’s on but it has never vibrated like the MX6 did. All cutters will let you know when they’re spinning.

I doubt it has anything to do with the tractor. I would bet it’s not balanced correctly. Another theory is that they have the blades to where they don’t swing back and forth freely.

I really like the MX series of cutters.


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My MX6 would vibrate from time to time on my 3046r. To stop it I would hit some super thick grass or start and stop the PTO. I think one blade would get stuck from time to time. Most of the time it was like any other cutter.

I now have an MX5 with my 2038. I love it. Yes, you can tell when it’s on but it has never vibrated like the MX6 did. All cutters will let you know when they’re spinning.

I doubt it has anything to do with the tractor. I would bet it’s not balanced correctly. Another theory is that they have the blades to where they don’t swing back and forth freely.

I really like the MX series of cutters.


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THanks for the reply, the first thing we checked (both times) was that the blade were free and all the way "slung out".. They were. This isnt a small vibration, the whole dash shakes, the pallet forks up front shake an inch back and forth. I doubt the tractor is to blame also, i think this cutter just had an issue and they couldnt/wouldnt find it. I too like the MX cutters, they look great and have all the right features. This one fell very short, and kinda left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I avoided stopping at another dealer and buying something else today, but I have work to do and I will be buying one soon, maybe friday. My flatbed was pronounced repaired today so that makes it very easy just to stop and buy something, dont even have to pull a trailer!

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I have a 3039R cab tractor with 250 hours and an MX5 that I bought a couple of months ago. The guy I got the MX5 from bought it new in 2017. I have almost no vibration when I am using the MX5. I would say I have no more vibration than if I was running a mid mount mower (I had a a mid mount on my 4110). Something is wrong with pto shaft/gear box/blades on the MX5 you had.
 

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I have a 3039r with a cab and about 100hrs with the frontier 5’. I pick up a vibration if I hit something to throw the blade off, but it smooths back out after a little more mowing. I’d say there is a little more vibration than running the mid mount mower, but not an unusual amount more, just feels like here is something more substantial rotating back there.

On an older unit, I noticed it would rust up a bit and hang in a unbalanced state more and could be difficult to free up and balance back out.
 

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THanks for the reply, the first thing we checked (both times) was that the blade were free and all the way "slung out".. They were. This isnt a small vibration, the whole dash shakes, the pallet forks up front shake an inch back and forth. I doubt the tractor is to blame also, i think this cutter just had an issue and they couldnt/wouldnt find it. I too like the MX cutters, they look great and have all the right features. This one fell very short, and kinda left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I avoided stopping at another dealer and buying something else today, but I have work to do and I will be buying one soon, maybe friday. My flatbed was pronounced repaired today so that makes it very easy just to stop and buy something, dont even have to pull a trailer!

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Jason
Maybe try a different MX5 before going to another brand?


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Maybe try a different MX5 before going to another brand?


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I would have, but they said the tractor can not be used with a 5' cutter. They suggested I try an MX6. That was their only option, and I really want to stay with a 5' cutter for now. I have a larger cutter and its a pain to use in some of the areas I need to cut. I do NOT believe the tractor is to blame, but thats what JD says. I wonder if that position would change if I pressed the issue and wanted the tractor to be repaired? I am not even considering that as I cant be without the tractor for them to play games, and if they cant find whats out of balance in a cutter what makes me think they could fix the tractor? Kind of lose faith in their service dept when things like this happen.



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I would have, but they said the tractor can not be used with a 5' cutter. They suggested I try an MX6. That was their only option, and I really want to stay with a 5' cutter for now. I have a larger cutter and its a pain to use in some of the areas I need to cut. I do NOT believe the tractor is to blame, but thats what JD says. I wonder if that position would change if I pressed the issue and wanted the tractor to be repaired? I am not even considering that as I cant be without the tractor for them to play games, and if they cant find whats out of balance in a cutter what makes me think they could fix the tractor? Kind of lose faith in their service dept when things like this happen.



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Man that’s crazy. I feel like you’re gonna lose out on a good cutter because of them. You don’t live in south Texas do you? If so you can test my MX5 out.

Woods does make a good cutter as well if you’re looking at a different dealer now. I had one of their tillers and was very happy with it.


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Man that’s crazy. I feel like you’re gonna lose out on a good cutter because of them. You don’t live in south Texas do you? If so you can test my MX5 out.

Woods does make a good cutter as well if you’re looking at a different dealer now. I had one of their tillers and was very happy with it.


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I am in central Alabama. I have cut with an MX7 on a 5095M and its a great cutter. I think the MX mowers do a fantastic job but I am not going to jump thru hoops to buy something from deere that other folks make as well. There are some very nice cutters on the market from several manufacturers. I am going to look at a Titan 1505 today, and I will look at bush hog next. Not sure what I will do after that, if it goes that far.

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I’ve had the opposite experience as the OP. My MX5 mower was smooth as silk behind my 40Hp Kubota tractor, and I now have an MX6 that I run behind my 4052R. Zero complaints on either.


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Finally settled on a Woods BB60XC today. The titan is a pretty heavy duty mower but just not what I was looking for. Couldnt find a bush hog brand cutter in stock close by other than the squealers and razorbacks, those were just not the right one for me either. This woods is a nice looking cutter, dealer promised its balanced so we will see how it goes soon. Raining right now, but as soon as it quits I plan to give it a "shake down" lol.. Wish me luck, I will report back on what I find.

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Woods has the easiest blade removal system of all.
 
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Well, the woods runs smooth. Kinda had a worried moment at first tho, when I first spun it up it shook like crazy, throttled up and down a couple times and it smoothed right out. The blades were just not slung out yet. Wish the MX5 would have responded the same way, but then again this is a nice mower as well. I cut down all my failed corn tonight and it ran very well, it will vibrate on occasions (like all bush hogs) but once you hit grass or vary the throttle it goes back to glass. The cutter seems to be very well built and I really like the clevis style hookups although they use hairpins instead of tractor pins but nothing I cant fix with a little time on the mill, or a trip to tractor supply. The hair pins work, they are just much easier to pull out and loose, the MX5 came with a similar setup for the top link and I had already bought one long pin to replace that one. Overall I guess things worked out, even if its a yellow mower instead of green.

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Glad you found a solution, I have run a land pride 60” brush hog behind my 32 hp 3 series sized tractor with none of the vibrations you describe. You know it’s there but it spools up and runs smoothly
 
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Well, the woods runs smooth. Kinda had a worried moment at first tho, when I first spun it up it shook like crazy, throttled up and down a couple times and it smoothed right out. The blades were just not slung out yet. Wish the MX5 would have responded the same way, but then again this is a nice mower as well. I cut down all my failed corn tonight and it ran very well, it will vibrate on occasions (like all bush hogs) but once you hit grass or vary the throttle it goes back to glass. The cutter seems to be very well built and I really like the clevis style hookups although they use hairpins instead of tractor pins but nothing I cant fix with a little time on the mill, or a trip to tractor supply. The hair pins work, they are just much easier to pull out and loose, the MX5 came with a similar setup for the top link and I had already bought one long pin to replace that one. Overall I guess things worked out, even if its a yellow mower instead of green.

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Glad you got one that works. Do you have any pictures that you can share?


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Glad you got one that works. Do you have any pictures that you can share?


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Yes I have some pictures but I will have to figure out how to post them..

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Trying this, if it works I will take better pics today.


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Nice tractor but I also like the looks of that Woods mower you have. :good2:
Thank you, I really enjoy the cab on this tractor. The cutter does great, it mulches stuff up really well and has NO trouble with larger brush and saplings. Only issue I have with this cutter is that the slip clutch was rusted in place, to the point of shearing the bolt that connects it to the gearbox when I hit a hidden HARD little stump. I had to back the bolts off until I could turn them all by hand and then run the cutter for about a half hour before it finally slipped! Not sure if I got it back adjusted correctly or not as I was doing it in the field but I will take a look at it before I use it again.

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