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Old 04-22-2009, 07:37 PM
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mowing 17 acres hills & trees

I'm looking for some advice: I am completing mulching of small trees and underbrush with a bushhog on 17 acres of sloping land. Grass is beginning to grow and I need to figure out the best way to mow.

The sloped creek beds want a tractor for stability, the numerous trees want a zero turn for maneuvering. The amount of land wants a fast machine. My wife would prefer a wheel rather than levers.

What are my best options in your opinion? Cub Cadet makes a zero turn tractor (the best of both worlds?). Is this worth considering? All your help is appreciated, I will hopefully be using this mower for a long time.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:50 PM
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If you have a large budget, cub cadet makes a zero turn mower that has a steering wheel instead of the levers. It is not the tractor, but a ztr with a steering wheel. It is a little pricy but has the same manuverability. For the amount of area you will have to mow, a residential tractor like you mentioned, will not last long at all.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:13 PM
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Thanks for the response: I'm understanding that you recommend a commercial mower for the acreage. That means the Cub you mentioned is Tank series s-6031 (msrp 14K) not the fmz50 (msrp 5k). You weren't kidding when you said "large budget". At that point wouldn't I would consider other ZTR's such as Scag, Hustler, etc? The sloped land is my biggest concern. I could put a finish mower on my tractor, but I'm looking for speed and maneuverability.
Thanks again for your input.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:29 PM
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Take a good look at some diesel powered compact utility tractors by Deere or Kubota, 4-wheel drive is also VERY helpfull when using large 3-pt attachements such as a flail mower when on hills.
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:23 PM
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Thanks, hadn't thought about a flail mower. It might be the right next step after bush hogging, before ZTR. I thought ZTR so that I could get some help from the wife. The mowing machine I visualized would be her "tractor".
Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:06 AM
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twinsprings, how often will you be mowing that acerage? I'm thinking you're looking more at keeping brush knocked back than maintaining 17 acres of "yard"? I'm in a similar situation, I have 20 acres, I'm planning on buying a flail mower to clear and maintain it, already have the tractor (Kubota L3240). My ground is uneven enough, with enough brush, stumps and rocks, that I think a lawn type mower would be torn up pretty quickly.

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Old 05-05-2009, 09:21 AM
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you're right, it's not 17 acres of yard, but maintaining some grass, fallen branches, pine straw, vines, etc maybe once or twice a month.
I'm still using the bush hog, but am thinking there's a faster way once it's more under control with more grass. I don't have rock, but do have plenty of flush cut stumps.
A commercial ZTR sounds good for speed, but will lack the stability of a tractor and 3 point mower. Also the 3 point works great for backing into the trees and down the slopes for all the "dead end spots"
Good luck and let me know if you find any answers.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:46 AM
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Have you checked out companies like Ventrac or Steiner? They make small, articulating 4wd tractors with alot of different attachments, including front mounted mower decks. You might also consider a front mounted deck-rear steer 4wd machine, like a Kubota, John Deere, Toro or another brand Wide area mower.
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Old 05-05-2009, 12:05 PM
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It may help to start with what you have today. Tractor size and horsepower, if you don't have a budget limitation, time limitation(how long it takes) you will get plenty of ideas on how to spend your money
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:30 PM
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Great help.
The articulating mower seems like a good solution for stability on the hills.
The Ventrac looks good, but the Lastec with articulating deck looks awesome.
Does anyone have experience with this machine?
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