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Here is some tractor porn for you all to enjoy. Had a nice day mowing 4 acres, but it was kind of cold for May (low 50's).

Miscellaneous thoughts while mowing:

First, this was the first time mowing with the loader bucket on, I usually just have the loader with no bucket. This time, I needed to pick up some stuff left over from a fence post replacement project, so I threw the bucket on. Decided to leave it on and felt that it did improve the steering and overall balance of the machine with the hog on the back.

Second, there was only one locust tree in the entire pasture (right in the middle above the ROPS in the last picture) and I managed to get a thorn from it in my left front tire....

Third, I never ran the RPM any higher than about 2400 and had no problem mowing 2 foot high grass.

Fourth, I can mow the entire pasture with the brush hog without needing 4WD, but I can't move 2 feet in my lawn with the 72 inch RFM without 4WD.

Fifth, I really enjoy brush hogging. Really relaxing to just get out there and mow in the middle of a field.
 

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Nice pictures! I like to get out and clear our pasture also.

Why do you need 4wd with the 72" fm on your tractor?

Did the locust thorn go all the way into the tire of just into the rubber?
 

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"Why do you need 4wd with the 72" fm on your tractor?

Did the locust thorn go all the way into the tire of just into the rubber?
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The 72 inch RFM weighs about 675 lbs which is a little bit heavy for this machine. My lawn is very hilly and I spin the tires very easily. Tears up the grass and looks bad...

Couldn't tell exactly how far in it went. Broke off even with the surface. I put some spit on it and didn't see any bubbles. I'll keep an eye on it and see if it loses any pressure.
 

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Thanks for the pics and the feedback. Looks like the summer season is here.

Runner, I would seriously consider removing the thorn. Even though it is not leaking now, if left in it will work its way in and then you will have a flat for sure. Just my 2 cents.

Thank you again for the great post. :good2:
 
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Runner, I would seriously consider removing the thorn. Even though it is not leaking now, if left in it will work its way in and then you will have a flat for sure. Just my 2 cents.
Sounds like good advice. I'll have to do some digging, but I'm sure I can get it.

Thanks.
 

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Weight in the front really helps when you've got a rear mower. I had to add the extra front weight bracket and have 8 70# and 4 42# weights on. The problems all happen when you are turning upwards on to a slope. I'd like all 70# weights, but since I had the 42# it's hard to justify the money for 4 new 70# weights just to get 112 more pounds.

Nice shots, nice field! tnx for the pix!

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Just curious, how much does your rotary cutter weigh? Do you tighten up the side to side slack on the lift arms or let them have a little play? I use a 60" RC as well on my 2520, and often wish the rear of the tractor was built a little bigger/stronger to handle that weight. Also use a harrow plow that I know weighs 500+ lbs.
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Just curious, how much does your rotary cutter weigh? Do you tighten up the side to side slack on the lift arms or let them have a little play? I use a 60" RC as well on my 2520, and often wish the rear of the tractor was built a little bigger/stronger to handle that weight. Also use a harrow plow that I know weighs 500+ lbs.
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According to the product literature, the RC1060 weighs 583 lbs. I have an i-Match and the new-style three-point arms, so keeping my side links super-tight is not as critical as it used to be, but I do normally keep them fairly tight anyway. I don't like the idea of a heavy implement swinging back and forth.
 

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Thanks Runner. I bought a Farm Force (Tarter Gate) 60" rotary cutter because it was the lightest one (450lbs) I could find and seems to be well built. Use it mostly for fields and light brush. My RMFM is a Woods RM660 @ 550lbs. Both work pretty good on my 2520.
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