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Hey ya'll
Have have purchased a 3046r cab tractor this winter. Snow is melting and soon the grass will be growing. I mow 5-6 acres. I will also be doing some trail work around the woods. Should I get 72 inch auto connect deck or something out back like a flail mower?

Thanks for the input

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If you are doing the lawn, then the MMM or rear finishing mower will work great. If only trails, a flail or rotary cutter will be best. Hope this helps!

Also, I'm jealous! I'm drooling over a 3046R!
 

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Hello I got a 3046r open station with a 72" autoconnect deck.it mows great and hooks up great to.I mow about 10 ackers.I had a 1025r with a 60" deck. I think the 72" does just as good .
 

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Rear mounts are definitely more 'swappable'. They are also a lot better at getting under trees, in corners, etc. I rear finish mower I think would be OK, by I HATE bushhogs - they hang out there and swing around like a 16' long 2x6 on your shoulder. They're a constant accident waiting to happen.

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MMM are nice for smaller, tight areas, you don't have to worry as much about wacking something from it swinging out when turning. They are MUCH more expensive to purchase than a rear mower. I find they usually have a shallower deck and don't handle deep grass as well. A good choice for around the yard. Leaves a nicer finish than a rear mower. However I find with mine that if I left the grass get long the front wheels lay it down and then it doesn't get cut by the mower and stands back up later so you have all these strips of uncut grass left where your wheels were. A RFM doesn't seem to have this problem, not sure why as you'd think it would be worse from 4 wheels packing it down. Maybe more distance from the wheels to the deck lets the grass stand back up or the deeper deck has more vacuum effect.....

RFM is usually a bit beefier and has a deeper deck making it a better choice for trail mowing or fields that don't get cut as often. They are cheaper to purchase and can be bought used.

If your trails are REALLY rough then either a flail or rough cut mower would be the way to go depending on what kind of finish you want.

Many people after seeing the price tag of a MMM and all its brackets and pieces opted to buy a zero cut mower.

A 3046R could also run a RFM much larger than 72" depending on the grass height and conditions, and yard size.
 
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