Do you mow overgrown lawns (fields)?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by crusty_crab80, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    LOL Clutches save on the tractor wear

    You keep shear pins

    I cant see a Slip clutch robbing power from the tractor if set right But if you say it must be true

    You running 540 PTO or 1000 PTO

    Does your Bushhog have stump jumper or is your Bushhog a Field mower
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I said in my opinion lol. Next one will probably have a slip cutch though. Looking to upgrade to a 50 hp
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  3. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What size of a tractor you running now
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Jd4400. 40 hp I think

    I'm upgrading to a cab machine so we can use it for snow
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  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    charge accordingly
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I look it up Its 35hp motor JD over rated it Since the PTO HP is 28hp
    That be a Small job tractor

    I use a Ford 4600 its rated at 52hp at the PTO Run a 7' Sidewinder What ever the tractor can push over The Sidewinder will eat it
  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Too old for me. It does fine with a 5 foot cutter. Haven't found anything it won't cut yet

    It's paid for, 4wd, and does everything I ask of it but pick pallets up lol
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  8. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've had three different shredders all with shear BOLTS. I have had slip clutches on haying equipment and they can be a pain in the you know what. For a shredder I prefer a shear bolt.

    A slip clutch doesn't lose efficiency unless it is set so loose that it is slipping under normal use. It should only slip when it hits something. Keeping it working right and slipping only when it should is one of the things that makes them a pain.

    My current John Deere shredder has two arms that mate and the shear bolt goes through both arms. Best arrangement I've seen.
  9. SCLocke

    SCLocke LawnSite Member
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    Bachtold walk behind
    I had never seen one of these befor . . . .

    Billy Goat

    I have used the Billy Goat on overgrowth. It is slow (26" cut) but does a good job if your lot is fairly flat.
    The drive system does not work well on hill sides. I rented it to mow an overgrown retention pond. I managed to finish the project, but never rented one again.

    I had a 36" Exmark Turf Tracer sitting, used only as a backup. I took a cutting wheel to the front of the deck at the weld and removed the 4" metal around the front.
    It did NOT cut good using mower blades, too much lift.
    I bought a 48" long piece of 3/8" X 2" flat bar and made two flat blades for the mower. These worked much better, not shredding the grass, just cutting it off and letting it lay down.
    The Hydro drive made cutting the pond dams much easier, but still have to cut discharging downhill due to the excessive amount of grass being discharged.

    I would like to convert this mower to a single blade 36" cut, but as long as it's working, I'll use it as is.
    Had to add weights to the front end for balance.

  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That billy goat thing is a pos
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