ATV Pull Behind Mower

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV' started by urbanlw, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. urbanlw

    urbanlw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I wanted to get everyones feedback on this kind of mower. I have a couple of propertys that get over grown through the winter and such. I think this might be the way to go.. I have a 650 4 wheeler that would pull this thing all day long and might be the better option than new 10k tractor and trailer package. My deere 737 can handle it but I just hate to use it in the tall stuff because I have to clean the deck and sharpen the blades after each use.

    Here is what I need it for.

    1) About 3 acres of milkweed, johnson grass, etc..etc

    2) Those first time 3 acre plus propertys that have not seen a mower in a couple of years ( thought it might work to " Texas Term" Shred the grass.

    3) Couple pass at the deer lease to clean up the buffalo grass around the feeders and blinds

    Please share you comments if you used this type of mower before. Here is one for sale in my local area. :usflag:
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653


    It would probably work dandy but you need a low enough gear and I would
    definitely check into some type of a cruise control for the ATV so you can lock
    the throttle in some kind of way.

    Even then I think your biggest challenge would be keeping a steady speed,
    on the other hand you're just brush hogging so I think it would be all right,
    but that would be the one drawback I can see, is keeping a steady speed.

    Work wise, yeah I'm sure it can handle itself there.
  3. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    ATVs do have speedometers, you know. Plus, he should be able to judge speed by cut quality or engine speed.
  4. urbanlw

    urbanlw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Here are some pics of the 650. Its a great machine and I think would hold speed ok. A tractor would be the perfect thing but, thats a whole new set up.

  5. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 473

    I dunno....I would recommend just getting a cheap used ztr or keep a dull set of blades and a air impact and swap them out quick.
  6. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    I bought one of these last spring to use with my Honda Rubicon. It was the Swisher brand from Tractor Supply. Honestly. I hate it. You have to go so slow with it to get a good cut. The low speed caused my ATV (liquid Cooled) to overheat. I'd get to run for maybe 45 minutes and would have to stop and let it cool down. It's parked out behind the barn and hasn't been run since sometime in late April
  7. urbanlw

    urbanlw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Thats what needs to be put in the brochure. I wouldn't thought of the over heating issue.. good stuff thanks .. keep them coming
  8. browningv308

    browningv308 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    I had 1 made by swisher for Polaris It had blades like a real bush hog it would not cut any kind of grass very good but it would cut small trees and stuff like that the thing weighed so much my sportsman 500 would over heat pulling it it was a pain in the a$$ to back up the tong would bend easily the tires always went flat in other words these mower look like a good idea but need some work stay away
  9. clay duncan

    clay duncan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    i have a swisher 44 rough cut mower that i pull with a honda 450 foreman. i have not had any of the problems stated above. in fact i prefer to use it instead of my tractor for bush hogging......
  10. petroskie

    petroskie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    I have a DR brush mower with the 17HP kawi, and it eats everything, up to 3inch saplings, field grass, brush, if i could get the quad over it the mower ate it, i have a yamaha 660 and it does not oever heat, i go about 8-10mph. it has the swing blades too so if you hit a rock no propb just keep going

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