Do you mow overgrown lawns (fields)?

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

  1. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    I've done brush cutting before with a rented machine. I won't do anything that tall with my mowers.
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  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Never seen a Bush hog that has Shear pins You must have a Cheap O
    All ones I have used and seen has a Slip Clutch
    Like mine its tire driven Its a Sidewinder
  3. GoPappy

    GoPappy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think every manufacturer has models that come standard with a shear pin, and you can upgrade to a slip clutch. My Rhino 172 can be bought in either configuration. I got a slip clutch on mine.
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    My Deere has shear pin. I prefer it over the clutch
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  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I was right Cheap O but with a high price green paint
  6. tundraman

    tundraman LawnSite Senior Member
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    You can get them either way. Of course the clutch costs a few hundred more and if you don't do the maintenance on them the clutch can freeze up. So shear pins are not all that bad. Now that my property is clear of junk I have not broke one mowing the fields.
  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have a bush hog brand with a shear pin as well

    Clutches rob power imo
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  8. crusty_crab80

    crusty_crab80 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 426

    These are all great tips. Especially how to price these. Everyone is a little different. My old employer would charge 1.5x regular for anything up to 1 ft tall. 2x after that. And more for if its over 3 ft tall. But these properties would only be mowed if they wanted to set up a maintenance contract after.

    I am planning on buying a walk behind brush hog for these types of lawns. I've never used one so perhaps I will rent first.
    Recommendations WB trimmer mower or WB brush hog?

  9. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Messages: 1,083

    I don't always mow overgrown lawns.....
    but when I do I try to sub it out (to Mr I just bought a new zero turn and will do any job offered) and then take over the maintenance from there.....
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  10. ablawns

    ablawns LawnSite Member
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    I have an old Bachtold walk behind. I don't think they make them anymore, but the thing is dead simple and bulletproof. If you can get your hands on one for cheap I highly recommend it.

    If you want new, I like DR equipment. They have walk behind string trimmers (have one, works well, though not as fast as the brush hog) and bladed brush hogs (never used one, but never had a problem with other products from them). Besides, the company's from my home state. Support my local economy please.

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