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Brush Mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Makato, May 13, 2005.

  1. Makato

    Makato LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Getting ready to make the move from Texas to New Hampshire. My house is 1500 ft up and surrounded by all woods 80 acres. I need to be able to maintain the sides of the drive to keep the undergrowth out for good drainage and maintain the side hills. Also, there is a ton of work to do to clear the surrounding woods around the house that is grown with alot of small sapplings and bush.
    So the question is, does anyone have experience with the DR Field and Brush Mower. I chose this product because I can also hook up a 30 in. blower in the winter. I have searched and haven't really found anything that appears to be as powerfull, versatile and feature rich. I haven't bought anything so I'm looking for some candid thoughts to help me get started.
    I have several bordering properties that I will be able to plow and mow for income. There is no yard grass just keeping the woods back!
  2. 2tall

    2tall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    Ferris also makes a brush mower. Have never used one so I cant tell you good or bad. Also not sure if they have attachments either.
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    Nothing comes close to a Gravely 2 wheel tractor with a 30" mower, or a sickle mower. You can also get a variety of snow plows and snow blowers for the Gravely. While Gravely no longer makes these, they do supply parts for all the 2 wheel tractors made, even ones from the 1940's. Lots of these tractors and attachments are available, used, up in New England.
    Prices for Gravelys and attachments are a real bargain. Please, do not waste your money on one of the currently available brush mowers until you have had a chance to look at some of the old Gravely equipment. A 6.6hp Gravely can easily outwork any of these "new" machines, no matter what horsepower they have on them.
  4. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    For 80 acres your going to need a compact tractor with a 3pt brush hog. You will need something with power to cut 2" to 3" brush. The Dr walkebehind is for little jobs, like 1" brush. I would't buy one. They are good for tall grass and light brush.

    The Dr snowblower is a joke. With the amount of snow fall your are going to get in NH. A 4x4 compact tractor with a snow blower is going to be your best friend.

    You are going to end up spending at least $20,000 for a tractor, loader, snowblower and brush hog.

    Get the right tool for the job.
  5. Makato

    Makato LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    A little more clarification. The 80 acres is all heavy woods on the side of a 3k ft. mountain with about a 30 degree continuous incline, so the only job I'll be doing is around the general house the edges of the drive and side hills where the drainage ditches are.
    Regarding the blower, I would like to use it for the edges to keep the snow back after plowing and the immediate area around the house. Limited space for packing snow
    The DR 17HP is reported to cut down up to 2.5 in saplings and cut through just about any brush or long grass. That's why I'm asking to see if anyone has any experience with the product.
    I'm going to use my F-250 for plowing the main drive.
  6. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I would get a nice two stage snow blower. The Dr is a single stage. It won't blow wet snow or ice. Anything else won't get far.
  7. leaflawnandlimb

    leaflawnandlimb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    look at a BCS, they are italian made and are very high quality. They are very close to the old gravely like mentioned before. Quite a few attachments are available such as a brush cutter, snowblower, tiller, chipper, sickle bar mower and plows. All gear drive and attachments are changed with just two nuts.
  8. Makato

    Makato LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Larry, thanks for the input. I checked out all the BCS products and it reminds me of the type of gear my dad had many moons ago. I checked around and the closest dealer looks to be in Lebanon NH which isn't too far from Twin Mountain. Given the snowthrower that can be attached and the mechanics, it appears to be pretty stout. I also liked the sickle bar option for cleaning out the woods. Now I just need to find out some competitive pricing for the options. Unless I find something else, I'm probably going for the 732 or the 852.
    Gives me snow throwing, undergrowth management and the ability to use the rotary mower for the grounds. I appreciate the suggestion
  9. sgt_rjp

    sgt_rjp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I'll second the BCS motion. They're great machines and it sounds like it might be a good fit for you.

    The gravely's are great also but they aren't made any more and they never did have as many implements available as there are for BCS. Also, many of the attachments they do have in common, just work better on the BCS. The BCS, as well as other modern 2 wheel tractors, can be used with the attachment in the front or back(the handle bars rotate). Tillers and other ground working gear work much better behind the tractor.

    I'd love a CUT, but they're way too expensive and there are few places on my property that are safe to operate a CUT. I live on a hill that's up to 30 degrees, which I mow weekly. The stock tires wouldn't hold, so I put on ATV tires. Now, I can mow even the 30degree parts, I just have to be careful when the ground is wet. The tires are very aggressive and will tear the soil. Since I bought these tires, I've found ones that may be better suited, but these work fine as long as I'm carefull.

    Your initial question was about brush mowers. I've got a 31" brush mower for my BCS. I mowed a piece of property last fall with had brush taller than me(I'm 6 foot), and hidden stumps and uneven ground. I was able to slice through everything I came across. I was able to crawl over all of the ground and only got hung up on one hidden stump. I was able to use the instant reverse and back off right away.

    Here are the attachments that I have already. These are only a small portion of what's available: 38" finish mower(w/bagger), 31" brush mower, 30" tiller, cart(1200lb capacity), 36" dozer blade, chipper/shredder, 28" snower blower

    Well, I'm just getting back to this and see that you're already interested in BCS. Look on ebay. Curently, there's a 735 and 850 listed. I needed instant gratification, and bought bought new, from a dealer. There is an outstanding dealer just outside of Frankfurt KY, who sold me my 850(earthtoolsbcs.com). The dealer at bcsshop.com would be closer, but I don't think anyone can beat Joel at earthtools on price/knowledge/experience. I actually drove nearly 7 hours to pick up the equipment. Shipping wasn't that much , but Joel went over all the equipment with me. I even tried out most of it around his shop.

    I've learned a lot since I first got the equipment. I'd be happy to answer any questions about it.
  10. Makato

    Makato LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    SGT, interesting you found this. I found your response from 2004 when a guy was looking into a Billygoat. I'm new to the forum so I'm feeling my way through. How can I contact you so we can discuss. I would like to get some of your experience as you have used what I need.

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