How fast can a 15 or 20FT batwing mower mow?

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by Realslowww, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I use to run and still own a 16ft batwing finsh mower pulled it with a 4600 ford tractor its 52-54 hp tractor with turf tires on it geared it down so I ran high 2nd open areas in tight areas high 1st
    I could mow at rate of 5-7 mph avg 5-6 acres per hr this depend on how tall grass is and you couldnt skip week either
     
  2. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have a mid 2000 model kubota 90 HP, so I would guess it rides better than most older ones. I couldn't imagine bush hogging over 5-6 MPH with it. That's all i can compare since we don't mow with it. It has an air ride seat too but you can't go very fast off of a road without bouncing to death.
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  3. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can they mow at 10+ sure as long as its smooth and flat. I am running a 3320 with a air ride seat and if optimal I can run at 5+ but for the most part I am not will to tear my hog and tractor up to finish 10 min faster.
     
  4. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    These guy's had new tractors,one was a MF and the other was a Kabuta. These were 50 to 60 thousand units with 90HP or so.

    So you guys say 8 to 9 MPH is not likely in 2 week to a month old summer grass? these were units with the spinner style blades on a big hub.

    They said the 15 FT wings they were using were awsome units.
     
  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    O bushhogging thats different story
    I have one those 18ft to get a good cut you have to go slow pull mine with 7740 ford 86hp
    first cut for season during wet part I be lucky hit 5mph

    I think 1,000 rpm bush hogs mows pasture grass better then the 540 rpm bush hogs
    I own both models 540 pulls easier vs 1,000
     
  6. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks, so they were pulling my leg, they said the Kurtse units were great.
     
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    if its sling blade model its a bush hog design for rough cut but some do try mow turf grass with them

    my batwing has 3 60'' decks just like a lawn mower
    mine will flex more then a sling blade type batwing
     
  9. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    The hog will take the abuse but its the tractor that goin to break.
     
  10. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    So are these finish mowers or hogs you are talking about two different animals here.
     

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