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Tractor and gang rotary for large area

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wpines, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. wpines

    wpines LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    I'm considering getting a 12 or 15 foot gang rotary like a befco or a woods for large area mowing. I've got a 35 HP tractor. Anyone have any experience with these?
  2. ouimguy

    ouimguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    I have a 3 differnt types of gang rotarys, what size property are you thinking about using it on, and what type of obstructions are on the property? That make a huge difference.
  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    Better check with the manufacturer of the mowers, I think your way under powered for any thing over a 9' gang. They eat up hp.

  5. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    Mac is right, 35 hp is not enough. You'd want a 50 hp tractor at the least but what ever mowers you are looking at look at the tractor requirements in the specifications on the mowers and it tells you how much hp you need to run it.
  6. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 502

    I wouldn't recommend flail mowers unless you are doing highways or bush hog grade cutting. I have a John Deere 4500 4wd tractor and an 11.5' Befco flex mower. The cut quality is very good and the Befco is the workhorse of our golf course, mowing down 30+ acres of rough every week. But... the Befco came with the real estate and I would rather have a Woods or Landpride. The Befco is not as heavy duty as the other two.
    Old Dirt is right, 35 horses is not enough. I think most of the manufacturers say atleast 40 horse for the smaller batwings.

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