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TO-20 Brush hog capabilities

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07-27-2000 17:28:36

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I'm working with a Ferguson TO20 that is currently running a Howse economy model five foot brush hog. I've had a manufacturer's rep tell me that he'd recommend a four foot cutter for that tractor, unless the tractor is in "very good" condition, in which case it could pull the cutter through "light grass". Any opinions from all the Ferguson-ites out there? Can a TO20 run a five foot brush hog? How about a TO30? Thanks.

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george T

07-29-2000 22:06:19

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 Re: TO-20 Brush hog capabilities in reply to Jim, 07-27-2000 17:28:36  
I have mowed with a 5 foot hog for 10 years on hill sides and through weeds that were taller then my tractor no problem . in heavey stuff I keep it in 1st gear I go to 2nd on on the lighter stuff but get your self a slip clutch on your pto or youll get stuck in a bad place and cant change from forward to reverce and you have to work like the devel to desingage the pto so you can shift and get out of it.

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rockhead - Sure he think you had a Farmall Cub?

07-29-2000 18:38:06

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 Re: TO-20 Brush hog capabilities in reply to Jim, 07-27-2000 17:28:36  
I have a TO35 with a 5' Woods, I have
to slow a little for real heavy stuff
(e.g., 3' high overgrown brush/blueberry bushes),
but otherwise doesn't stress anything.
The brush hogs make the front end good and
light, though. Oh, I found out it also
has trouble mowing foot high granite fieldstones.

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Dave R

08-06-2000 09:39:57

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 Re: Re: TO-20 Brush hog capabilities in reply to rockhead - Sure he think you had a Farmall Cub?, 07-29-2000 18:38:06  
I've found that if you adjust your hog so
that the front blades are lower, it will
get those field stones on the first cut,...
sharp blades help too :)

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Dave R

07-29-2000 11:13:28

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 Re: TO-20 Brush hog capabilities in reply to Jim, 07-27-2000 17:28:36  
I pull an old 6 foot hog with my TO-20. Pulls
it pretty good. Sharp blades really do make
a difference in thick grass... no matter what
size it is.

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Tex Ferguson

07-28-2000 19:52:58

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 Re: TO-20 Brush hog capabilities in reply to Jim, 07-27-2000 17:28:36  
Well, Jim, I know you've heard it said that everything is bigger here in Texas. Out here in the brush country we are used to running over 1-inch thick thornbush stumps with a 5-foot Howse behind our ancient TE-20. It makes quite a racket under the cutter but doesn't slow down the engine. Go for the 5-footer at least. Good luck! Tex

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07-28-2000 04:47:36

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 Re: TO-20 Brush hog capabilities in reply to Jim, 07-27-2000 17:28:36  
You should not have any problem with a 5ft brush cutter. I have a TO-20 and use both a 5ft ford brush cutter and a 6ft Land pride finish mower. Of course like anything else, if conditions are bad enough you could overload things.
As for tractor condition, I had no problems mowing in second gear until the head gasket went. When I pulled the head off I found that the valves were so bad that fluid poured into the ports would run out the valves. In addition the #4 cylinder the piston pin keeper on one side had fallen out and there is a groove in the sleeve the diameter of the pin and about half way through the thickness of the sleeve.
I can't wait to see what the little Fergie will do with a fresh engine.


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Chuck (CA)

07-27-2000 20:51:39

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 Re: TO-20 Brush hog capabilities in reply to Jim, 07-27-2000 17:28:36  
I can't think of any reason why your '20 can't pull a 5 or even 6 footer. I have a 5' King Kutter on my TO30 and it just putts along fine. My grass gets pretty thick in spots, but it doesn't seem to phase it. And my tractor is definitely NOT in "very good" condition.
In reading previous posts on rotary mowers, however, I do keep the back of the mower a bit higher than the front so as not to keep cutting the grass over and over. Apparently that puts a load on the tractor.

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