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Does anyone here have any experience with pull behind lawn mowers? We have a pile of grass to cut already and this year we are going to cut an old yard site on some land we rent in exchange for the use of a cold storage shed. Neither of us really knew what would be a fair rental price so we both thought that if I looked after the yard, that would be a fair deal. Not sure on that yet! We have two Husqvarna mowers now, both 54 inch, one a regular tractor type, and one zero turn. For whatever reason, the zero turn doesn't cut as well in tall grass or wet conditions even though they have the exact same decks and power. I was just wondering if a pull behind with rear discharge would work better on more rugged terrain and wet or thick grass better than a regular mower. I know an industrial mower would be best, but I'm not dropping 20 grand into a lawn mower!


On another note, does anyone know if spraying a growth regulator on grass would slow it down at all? This yard we are cutting has part of an old barnyard in it so it grows pretty lush, as does a couple spots in my yard (was a stupid decision on my part for this). Just something that crossed my mind today.
 

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My uncle has a 3pt hitch rough cut mower I used to trim the old growth in a pasture the horses didnt want to eat... worked pretty good, did a nice job considering what I started with.
So i would try a 3 pt hitch or a front mount skidsteer one. Either way I think you want 60+ hp if you have thick/damp grass you wanna cut.
Perhaps a dealer would demo something?
 

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I was thinking more along the lines of something to pull behind a quad or even the one mower. We have a 3 point rough mower but the only tractor we can use is pretty rough on the lawn, really rips the grass up when you turn and not too handy in tight quarters.
 

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I have and old horse drawn sickle mower in my valley that is wheel driven, i was thinking of resurrecting it to pull behind the quad for doing the road allowance too rough for my little F525.
 

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I was thinking more along the lines of something to pull behind a quad or even the one mower. We have a 3 point rough mower but the only tractor we can use is pretty rough on the lawn, really rips the grass up when you turn and not too handy in tight quarters.
Got a skid steer? They make mowing decks. **** load new at any of the RB auctions. Been meaning to pick up one
 

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I've just got an hour of experience on this one and our grass is just starting to green up, so no experience on really tall stuff. It's a 66" Swisher that I ordered through the local Co-op and I really like it so far. I made the mistake of thinking it would run off the tractor's battery, but it needs it's own so that took a trip back to the store. The offset hitch takes a little getting used to (Yukon no longer has a dog blanket... yes, it dices things up very nicely) but with the tractors 48" mower it puts me up to 104" swath which is really nice when it used to take me 10 hrs to cut all the grass. Only complaints so far is that I'd like to move the kill switch up on the hitch or clip it to the tractor (they include a wussy tether for that that I didn't like) and the morons at the factory kinked the fuel hose at the pump. First start took some effort. I think I'll be adding another fuel tank to it to keep up with the tractor. Kawasaki motor (rated at 14.5 hp, which seems very conservative for it' s size) seems to put out good power.
 

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I also need to extend a drawbar back on the garden tractor so the hitch doesn't contact the tire on tight corners. It will leave skips on the corners between the 2 mowers if you don't circle around and come back in on the corner... no biggie. It's no light weight... found that out when I tried to unload it myself. Weighs in at 450 lbs without the battery, and you'll feel every pound of that.
 

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i run a 3pt / trail behind at 84 inches behind a jd 510 tractor with 40 horse ..
the mower is a three blade finishing with rear discharge, works well on yard grass maybe three times a year ...
no real problems with heavy and/or wet grass
 

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I've just got an hour of experience on this one and our grass is just starting to green up, so no experience on really tall stuff. It's a 66" Swisher that I ordered through the local Co-op and I really like it so far. I made the mistake of thinking it would run off the tractor's battery, but it needs it's own so that took a trip back to the store. The offset hitch takes a little getting used to (Yukon no longer has a dog blanket... yes, it dices things up very nicely) but with the tractors 48" mower it puts me up to 104" swath which is really nice when it used to take me 10 hrs to cut all the grass. Only complaints so far is that I'd like to move the kill switch up on the hitch or clip it to the tractor (they include a wussy tether for that that I didn't like) and the morons at the factory kinked the fuel hose at the pump. First start took some effort. I think I'll be adding another fuel tank to it to keep up with the tractor. Kawasaki motor (rated at 14.5 hp, which seems very conservative for it' s size) seems to put out good power.

This along the lines of what I was thinking. I like rubber tires on it as some of our lawn is a little rugged. Actually had checked out that brand online, how does the quality seem on it?
 

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Like I said, only an hour on it but it seems very well built so far. I measured the blades to the floor on the tractor in it's usual setting (3 1/4"), set the 3 screw jacks on the new mower to that height and it was perfect. Lots of bumps and hills on our lawn too, and it follows it like a trooper. Peavy Mart has a 60" for $3k but I wanted width so I got this 66" one for $3.4.... kicked the snot out of $3,800 with taxes and the battery but it's sure going to cut down on my lawn mowing time. I'm pulling it with the 24hp John Deere with no problems. It's nice for getting in under tree branches that I don't have to duck around anymore.
 

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I've just got an hour of experience on this one and our grass is just starting to green up, so no experience on really tall stuff. It's a 66" Swisher that I ordered through the local Co-op and I really like it so far. I made the mistake of thinking it would run off the tractor's battery, but it needs it's own so that took a trip back to the store. The offset hitch takes a little getting used to (Yukon no longer has a dog blanket... yes, it dices things up very nicely) but with the tractors 48" mower it puts me up to 104" swath which is really nice when it used to take me 10 hrs to cut all the grass. Only complaints so far is that I'd like to move the kill switch up on the hitch or clip it to the tractor (they include a wussy tether for that that I didn't like) and the morons at the factory kinked the fuel hose at the pump. First start took some effort. I think I'll be adding another fuel tank to it to keep up with the tractor. Kawasaki motor (rated at 14.5 hp, which seems very conservative for it' s size) seems to put out good power.
I would be curious as to how much money you have in this sort of setup? I would side with Makar and say that 3pt hitch rough cut is the answer - particularly in an old farm yard as tire tracks may be least of issues and even moving a traditional lawn mower to another yard site not so handy. I have rough cut mower, finishing mower, and zero turn lawn mower as we cover plenty of mowing situations. Have had 2 rough cut mowers over the past 30 years so it quite amazing the abuse that they stand - current one is a Schulte that was picked up used for just under $2000. Unlike some pieces of equipment think a used rough cut mower at decent price is just good business. Did buy the finishing mower used for $800 unseen and because these are lighter they do depreciate - took about $400 and fair bit of swearing to turn it into something that useful. Think you could find very good used finishing mower for under $1000 if looked for awhile.
 

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Had a quad pull type, hated it, the guy that bought it hates it more, rough cut and tractor only way to go.
They are good for smooth, regular cut lawn grass. I have a tractor belly mount and pull two five foots behind that. Fifteen feet per pass. Can turn them around on about 8 feet if you turn to the inside. I‘Ve been using the belly mower and one pull for about 20 years. No issues except leaky tires
 

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I guess I should have mentioned, the yards we are doing have been mowed and kept up for ages and always looked after as though someone lived there. It's not like a traditional "old" barnyard, it's a lawn, just grows fast and thick from all the cow $hit from40 years ago! All the yards we mow are decent lawns, just a little more rugged than some yards, with hills and ditches, not much for flat areas and nothing like a golf green! A 3 point would just be too cumbersome. We do have a 3 point rough mower for some areas we just keep under control.
 

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I finished up the lawn with it tonight... about 4 hrs on what used to take 10. Not bad, and I can probably knock some time off that once I get the hang of what needs to be cut with and without the tow behind. The fuel tank isn't as mismatched as I thought... as long as I refill at 1/4 tank on the tractor the back one doesn't run out of gas. I did manage to bog it down in the heavy wet grass around the barn though... too bad they didn't put a 20 - 25 hp motor on it like the tractor has. I have some pretty good inclines (places where the tractor would sometimes spin out with nothing behind it) so I did have to back up and spin out a couple times, but nothing that would bother on a normal lawn. Overall I'm still happy with it... I just didn't have time to spend 10 hrs a week on the lawn.
 

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I have a giant lawn mower made from a versatile swather hydro with a 6 cylinder gas engine, probably a 15' deck in three sections. It's all home made but has been sitting for probably 10+ years. Would need some belts, bearings and maybe a tire or two. I'd part with it really cheap. It's even John Deere green!:cool:
 

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I finished up the lawn with it tonight... about 4 hrs on what used to take 10. Not bad, and I can probably knock some time off that once I get the hang of what needs to be cut with and without the tow behind. The fuel tank isn't as mismatched as I thought... as long as I refill at 1/4 tank on the tractor the back one doesn't run out of gas. I did manage to bog it down in the heavy wet grass around the barn though... too bad they didn't put a 20 - 25 hp motor on it like the tractor has. I have some pretty good inclines (places where the tractor would sometimes spin out with nothing behind it) so I did have to back up and spin out a couple times, but nothing that would bother on a normal lawn. Overall I'm still happy with it... I just didn't have time to spend 10 hrs a week on the lawn.
I think they claim 5 or 5.5 MPH maximum. If you go into tough going you will have belt trouble.


.I just treat mine like it’s cutting a city lawn!
 

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I have a giant lawn mower made from a versatile swather hydro with a 6 cylinder gas engine, probably a 15' deck in three sections. It's all home made but has been sitting for probably 10+ years. Would need some belts, bearings and maybe a tire or two. I'd part with it really cheap. It's even John Deere green!:cool:

I had thought of doing something like that years ago with dad's old 400 Versatile swather, but we ended up giving it away.
 
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