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Old 04-20-2013, 02:16 PM
JohnnyRocker JohnnyRocker is offline
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How tall would grass have to be to validate using a bush hog?

I have about 3 acres to do. Also, anyone chiming in with stories of doing something like this, would be great as well. Thanks!
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:59 PM
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Thickness of the grass/weeds to be cut is as important, and in some cases more important, than the height of the grass/weeds. You really just have to look at the combination of the height/thickness.

You then have to look at the mower and the tractor/bush hog combo. What size ZTR are you considering, and what size/strength tractor and bush hog combo are you considering?

Several things to be considered before anyone can give you an educated answer to your question.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:51 PM
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Varying between 6 and 18 inches in height. Fescue, and weeds, I have measured the thickness.....assume its all fescue that has overgrown. Obviously there are variables, but lets assume these conditions.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:36 PM
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Varying between 6 and 18 inches in height. Fescue, and weeds, I have measured the thickness.....assume its all fescue that has overgrown. Obviously there are variables, but lets assume these conditions.
Hey JR, most any commercial strength ZTR should handle that situation with no problem at all. Especially if you're going to be mowing the area fairly frequently.

There's no comparison to the speed and manuverability of the zero turn compared to the tractor/bush hog, so your cutting time would be waaaaay less using the ZTR.

If you hit area's that are taller/thicker, you can always scoot over and only use part of the width of the deck to cut, or, raise the deck and go over the same area a few times (lowering the deck a little each time).

Hope this helps you! Stan
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:48 PM
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I would mow that with our V Ride and some Gator mulchers and it would look like a lawn when I was done
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:53 PM
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Bush hog will not leave a finished look. I would use a commercial grade ztr. Had an eleven acre site once, six finished lawn, five overgrown, about eight inch high field grass/weeds. Owner wanted all lawn. Cut the over grown field it early spring, ztr had no problems. If you are going to keep it cut, use the ztr. If you are only going to cut one or two times a year, bush hog
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:47 PM
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It will be a lot easier on the ztr if you'll cut it before it gets too thick in the coming growing season. Coming out of Winter it should be easy to get under control if the ground itself is fairly level without stumps, holes, etc... Take it slow, be on the lookout for hidden dangers. I always walk the property first, you'll get a better idea of any potential issues you need to avoid.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:55 PM
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It already is thick...in a lot of parts.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:04 AM
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I have about 3 acres to do. Also, anyone chiming in with stories of doing something like this, would be great as well. Thanks!
If the place is a lawn then use a mower.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:46 AM
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It would have to come up to my ass.
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