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Re: Advice re rear PTO mower for Super A

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scott1953

08-11-2014 12:25:40
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Any thoughts on a max weight. I see a few rear mowers but they are in the 425# range. I have rear wheel weights but no front wheel weights. Do have a snow plow on the front. I leave on all year.
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JRSutton

08-12-2014 06:29:14
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 Re: Advice re rear PTO mower for Super A in reply to scott1953, 08-11-2014 12:25:40  
You can add pretty much anything you want to the back, as long as it's offset by weight in the front.

Theoretically there's no real limit as long as it's well balanced from to back. But in the real world it'll get harder and harder to steer the more weight you add, and your tires are only so wide so they'll start to sink more and more, and your brakes will work less effectively - especially on hills.

So I don't think there's a hard and fast number to give you - the answer is more "it depends". Err on the side of lighter.

Aside from the weight - there's the torque required to spin a big mower. Sure an A could spin a 6' mower - but through what? 6" high Kentucky blue grass? probably. 1' high wet pasture - probably not so much.

I wouldn't go more than 5' - and that's assuming you're doing grass - not using it as a brush hog.

keep in mind too that a big mower is going to continue to drive the tractor even with the clutch in - that surprises people, often at a very bad time to be surprised!

If you're using it just for grass - I'd also consider turf tires to avoid leaving tracks everywhere.

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 Re: Advice re rear PTO mower for Super A in reply to scott1953, 08-11-2014 12:25:40  
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If your primary intended uses for this tractor are moving snow and mowing lawn, find a belly mower. You'll be much happier, as will the tractor. If you cover rough ground (fields and woods), or need one or both Touch Control rockshafts frequently for other work, go with a rear PTO mower that can be more easily dropped and hooked.
I don't have a belly mower, but I believe they lift from the same rockshaft as the front blade, so you'd have to drop the blade if you go that way, and drop the mower for winter - a good idea anyway.

As for weight? Keep it as light as reasonably possible - you're cutting a lawn, not chopping buck brush. For reference, I would guess the Woods belly mower weighs about 225#. Someone who has one (or a faster internet connection) can give you the exact weight.

Of course, you could get a Cub with a belly mower for the wife/gf/SO - smaller, lighter, more manuverable, and makes everything it touches look good (lawn included). Just remember to ask before you use HER tractor.

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