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This may be an implement thread, but it's on my 1026R and the 4' County Line mower really doesn't appeal to many other tractors I figured I'd throw this on here. Anyway. TSC got one in today so I picked it up after work. Putting it together could have been a better process. I had to enlarge a couple holes and the small "full" plug on the gearbox won't budge. Other wise it works really well.

Here I am unloading the mower. Forks work great for this!



Here's a couple shots afterwards. The mower is almost exactly the same width as the tractor.







Not a lot to complain about for $749.99 on sale. Had to buy gear oil and a 3/4" drill bit also. No biggy thou.

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Looks good! :good2: and a great price too. I'm planning on doing a lot of clearing this fall/winter with mine. I got the Frontier RC2048 with my tractor and financed it. Didn't know you could buy a 4' rotary mower at that price!
 

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Very nice, my tractor supply has the 5 ft version. I wonder if my 1026 has enough power? Does it run that 4 ft. model ok? I cut a 4 acre field and the 4 ft unit seems a little small.
 

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Very nice, my tractor supply has the 5 ft version. I wonder if my 1026 has enough power? Does it run that 4 ft. model ok? I cut a 4 acre field and the 4 ft unit seems a little small.
I'm under the impression that the 5' cutter is too much for the 1026R...at least that's the information I was given. I'd like another foot as well.
 

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Very nice, my tractor supply has the 5 ft version. I wonder if my 1026 has enough power? Does it run that 4 ft. model ok? I cut a 4 acre field and the 4 ft unit seems a little small.
That's a really good question. I almost bought a 5' RM from TSC but I was worried about it being too much also. I can say the 1026 handles the 4 footer with no trouble. I wasn't really mowing anything super heavy. There was lots of grassy area and some shrubs you'd find in a wooded area. Most of it was around trees. Lots of the little ones just mowed right off. I never really pushed anything over an inch thou. Our property has about an acres of over growth and I really liked taking my dog back there for walks. Lots of paths for the ATVs also. Granted its only about an acre but it was still fun. Its kind of on a slop and not smooth at all. I'd say the County Line RM did a fine job. The 1026 doesn't show any signs of being unable to lift the 4' model and I think the 5' is around 100 pounds heavier. Well within the lift rating. If I were to mention one thing I think I'll play with the speed of the 3 point some because it snaps to height so quickly the mower tends to bounce. I was mowing in low and 4x4 because of the terrain so I never really pushed much speed. Mowing up hill didn't seem to phase the 1026 like it does with the MMM, but I normally mow my yard in High. In my scenario the smaller mower gets around very well with all the tight spots I attempted. Knowing how the 4' mower works I wouldn't be afraid of the 5' mower in an open field. Hope this helps!

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It all depends on what you're cutting, and what the tractor can lift. Hitch capacity aside, they say a good rule of thumb is 5 PTO horsepower for foot of mower. I guess in theory, that works. If you're clearing heavy brush, thorns, or thick tall grass, 5 hp per foot may not be enough. I've mowed some stuff that's stressed a 40 HP tractor with a 6' mower. When I trim my horse pastures though, I can run an 8' mower behind a 35 hp tractor. The grass is short, and I'm mostly knocking down thin spots the horses didn't eat. I know some folks doing the same type of trimming with 15' batwing cutters on 50 HP tractors.
 

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That's a good point. Another thing to think about is front ballast. I used my loader with the Artillian JDQA chassis on it and it worked very well. You could easily just pull the bucket and be fine. Now that was with the 4' mower. I'm not sure how that 5 footer and an extra 100 pounds would effect it. I know with out the loader on and my Omni hitch and 400 pounds my tractor had a really light front end when I was playing with my MMM height settings. It made me feel a little uncomfortable so I pulled the weights off. That was on my yard and with a little incline. I'd be scared on a hill.


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I mowed my woods with a 5' International a couple of months ago and the 1026R had plenty of power. My issue was the weight however. I HAD to have it in 4WD to turn - period. The mower was way too heavy for the tractor. The front wheels came off the ground a few times when mowing over any uneven areas. I had no hills so didn't worry too much about it. Maybe with front weights on the bumper it would have been fine. There was no way I was going to mess with the H120 on he front in a woods. So bottom line is that I will probably get a 4' model AND front weights.

If I can find out what the International weighs I may change my mind. There are big differences in rotary cutter weights. As I recall the 4' JD model weighs about the same as a 5' KK. Not positive though.
 

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Great price on the mower! I use an RC2048 Frontier to mow a dried up pond bed. It walks through 3 foot grass with no issue. It gets noisy when I hit large branches or logs but they rattle around a bit and fly out. I don't think the 1026 even notices. I like the 48" because I keep some pathways cut through my wooded areas and with the loader and mower on it is a long unit but it just fits on the turns I make. I rough cut about 2 acres in total. My neighbour wants me to rough cut an unused pasture, about 5 acres, so I'll do that in the next few weeks.
 
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It sure does make noise when it bites into saplings and downed branches. :laugh:


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I was just at TSC and the new mower has the gussets on the inside. So the new models should be quick hitch compatible. Same price as last year. $799.

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After our conversation last summer I went with the 5' model and the 1026 handles it just fine. Of course I am only cutting grass with mine. If I were to get into serious shrubs or bushes I don't know how well it would do.
 
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I'm glad the 5 footer worked out. If I had more open area I know I'd gone that route too. The 4' is right at the same width as the rear tires and I wonder how well it'd cut in an open field going back and forth. I will say the 4' model will destroy any tree the tractor has traction to push the mower over.


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I have the RC2060 on my 1026R and have had no problems with power. Mowed 7 acres with it last year, mostly grass and weeds, but some brush taller than the tractor's ROPS.
 

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A warning about Frontier rotary mowers and JD 1025/1026 tractors!

I bought a Frontier 48" rotary cutter with my JD 1025R. I also bought the "quick-attachment" mechanism for my 3-point hitch to make installing the cutter easier. The tractor and quick-attach mechanism work great, but the cutter has one problem that is really frustrating me. The drive shaft on the cutter has a "quick connect" collar designed to make connection to the tractor drive-shaft easier, but it doesn't. Instead, the safety devices on both the tractor and cutter shaft prevent a person from grasping the quick-connect, pulling back on the release collar and sliding it onto the tractor pto shaft. The tractor has a shroud surrounding the pto shaft and very little clearence between it and the pto. The cutter drive shaft has a plastic cone or bell surrounding the quick-connect "knuckle" and this blocks your hands from grasping the quick-release collar. The best way to connect the drive shaft is to lie down in front of the mower and reach up, pull back on the quick-connect collar and slide it onto the tractor pto. So all of the time and effort I save in using the 3-point quick-connect mechanism is totally wasted while I lay down between the tractor and cutter and struggle to slide the drive shaft onto the pto. It would have been much better for Frontier to stick with the standard drive shaft retaining pin for their cutters than create something new that makes connection harder rather than easier.
 

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I saw a video of a guy backing up to his mower and lifting it with the quick hitch and then he pulled a lever to attach the PTO. It looked so easy in the video. :lol: Do you have any pictures of the device. Sounds like a neat concept anyway.

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I bought a Frontier 48" rotary cutter with my JD 1025R. I also bought the "quick-attachment" mechanism for my 3-point hitch to make installing the cutter easier. The tractor and quick-attach mechanism work great, but the cutter has one problem that is really frustrating me. The drive shaft on the cutter has a "quick connect" collar designed to make connection to the tractor drive-shaft easier, but it doesn't. Instead, the safety devices on both the tractor and cutter shaft prevent a person from grasping the quick-connect, pulling back on the release collar and sliding it onto the tractor pto shaft. The tractor has a shroud surrounding the pto shaft and very little clearence between it and the pto. The cutter drive shaft has a plastic cone or bell surrounding the quick-connect "knuckle" and this blocks your hands from grasping the quick-release collar. The best way to connect the drive shaft is to lie down in front of the mower and reach up, pull back on the quick-connect collar and slide it onto the tractor pto. So all of the time and effort I save in using the 3-point quick-connect mechanism is totally wasted while I lay down between the tractor and cutter and struggle to slide the drive shaft onto the pto. It would have been much better for Frontier to stick with the standard drive shaft retaining pin for their cutters than create something new that makes connection harder rather than easier.
That shroud is on hinges and can be pushed upwards almost completely out of the way, at least on the 1026r it does.
 

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I was just at TSC and the new mower has the gussets on the inside. So the new models should be quick hitch compatible. Same price as last year. $799.

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My local TSC has it listed at $899 right now.
 

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I saw a video of a guy backing up to his mower and lifting it with the quick hitch and then he pulled a lever to attach the PTO. It looked so easy in the video. :lol: Do you have any pictures of the device. Sounds like a neat concept anyway.

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Its called the iMatch AutoHitch:

It never really caught on well, only worked with a tiller rotary cutter, or finish mover from Frontier. Seems complicated and fragile to me.
 

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That shroud is on hinges and can be pushed upwards almost completely out of the way, at least on the 1026r it does.
The 1025r has the same setup on the protective shroud. The first few time rotating the shroud up and out of the way it can be very stiff. You will need to pull with a good amount of force. It will be easier after that.
 
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