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A 7' Land Pride rear discharge finish mower popped up on my local CL for dirt cheap $ Is this too much for my 955? I was looking for a 6' but this may be too cheap to pass up. It's an FDR2584.

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It would be a little close to your 3pt max lift capacity but if it was a good deal, I'd buy it and add some weight to my front end to balance things out.

Land Pride says it needs 15 to 60 HP to run that thing. You have about 27HP at the PTO...
 
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Thanx for the info Jim. I have an FEL to counter balance the mower, the brush hog I run is probably about the same weight and it lifts it fine. I'm more concerned about having enough real world HP to use it when I fall behind on mowing and the grass gets a little deep.
 

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Thanx for the info Jim. I have an FEL to counter balance the mower, the brush hog I run is probably about the same weight and it lifts it fine. I'm more concerned about having enough real world HP to use it when I fall behind on mowing and the grass gets a little deep.
If you get behind on the mowing and the grass gets tall, you might just have to run the mower at a higher cut height and then make a second pass. It really is amazing the volume of material which you can run through these mowers if you take your time and go at a decent ground speed.

I have cut material as high as the roof of the tractor before with my Frontier RC2048 and as long as you aren't going too fast, it usually handles the cutting just fine..........A picture below shows the thick and tall stuff I have cut down.

Also, watch in the tall stuff for things which you aren't expecting, note the 600 plus feet of electrical power line I found all buried and tangled in the weeds under the power line. Fortunately, I found it with my FEL bucket edge and not the mower. That's one of the reasons why I always run with the FEL bucket very low with the piranha blade angled downward to catch of find objects I don't want to mow over.

Like any other mower, keep the underside of the deck clean of clumps and accumulations of grass and the blades sharp and you should be just fine. Also, run the mower at the recommended rear PTO speed if the grass is deep so you have the blade tip speed you need.....
 

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Yikes! That's some deep stuff! I'll brush hog it if it gets that bad. I'll most likely be dealing with 3 weeks growth. It's "up to camp" and I don't get there as often as I'd like to. I've had it mowed in the past but this year I'm going to try and do it myself.
 

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On both my old JD855 and now the 2032R, I run a 5' JD brush hog. Both ran it well and I have cut stuff 1.3 meters high. It is slow going and best done only half a width per pass, but can be done.

If you are cutting normal yard grass the JD 955 should pull the finish mower well. If you let the grass get a bit high, slow down, take a smaller bite, but at a substantial money savings for the mower, that is OK.

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Actually the lack of hp might be a good thing. It is a finish mower and some thing has to give if the grass gets too tall. If you have the horsepower the belt will be the weak link.
 

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The 7' sold by the time I called on it....knew it was a steal. Back to looking for a 6'
 

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My old 855 hardly knew the 6 footer was behind it. Finish mowers don't require a lot of HP. rear lift may need to be considered but I never had a problem there either. I'll bet your 955 cold pull a 7 foot just fine.

Hate when I see a deal and it gets gone before I can get to it. I came across a Leinbach auger with 2 bits for $350 last year. The ad was 3 hours old and it was GONE!
 

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I ended up with a Challenger/Agco/Cub Cadet RF206B 72" mower. Good shape, ok deal. This thing is HEAVY and heavy duty.
Thanks to everyone for the imput.
 
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