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Implement Alley Discussion Forum

6 ft. bush hog

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fireman 14

03-15-2010 16:01:24
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Was wanting to know if a 9n could handle a 6ft. bush hog? The field i need to cut has been cut for hay for years so it's not much higher than a yard right now.If you can't could someone tell me why not.I have hear from some people that you can and some said that you can not.I know that i will need a over run clutch. thank's




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David - Alabama

03-16-2010 14:53:48
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
I had an 8n with a five foot hog and did OK. Unless the grass was real thick. I don't suggest a 6 footer.



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paul

03-16-2010 13:55:29
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
Where I live the grass gets very thick & tall and damp in heavy clay soils with a lot of rainfall.

There is no way in heck an N with it"s few gear selection and non-live pto could ever cope with that. Couldn"t hardly life a 6 foot.

On the other hand, if you are in parts of Nebraska or Texas where you have sry sand & short thin grass that"s dry all the time, it probably would work out there.

A lot of "ifs" in a question like this.

Typically a brush hog is used to mow down thicker stuff & whack messy areas down. An N could not do this effectively for one or 2 times a year in mnormal areas.

If you plan to mow every week and treat it like a finish mower, then it might get by. Maybe. But I"d not have too high a hopes.

I run a 5 foot on a 27 hp compact tractor, but the live pto & 12 different gear speeds makes that simple. I could probably pull a 6 foot but that would be a challenge in rougher grass. I"d be in a real slow gear & not really accomplishing any more than the 5 foot does.

If it were me, I would not get a 6 foot.

--->Paul

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green rider

03-16-2010 09:53:30
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
i run a 4 ft on my n, it gets bogged down in heavy grass like your talking about i would never put a 6' on it its just too big 5' would be a lot too it may work but not well. last year a man nearby used his 5 foot hog was on a very slight hill hit a stump with it and that was enuff to flip it over on top of him broke his sternum and ribs all up he is still recovering i would highly recommend a 4 ft for a n less is more.... more safe less wear on your tractor and will do a better job than a bigger one on that size tractor... you need more horse power to run anything bigger than a 4 ft. my 4 foot will pull the front end up on my n if i have it raised and let the clutch out, wouldn't wanna know what a 5 or 6 would do... farm safety is important don't mess around or you will find yourself somewhere you don't wanna be..... missing body parts makes for a great story but that's it a story a tractor on top of you is never a good thing evan a 9n has enuff weight to crush you and it happens fast stick with a 4 ft. bush hog or get a bigger tractor

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Flurette Farm

03-16-2010 09:39:59
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
Yes, as long as you don't engage the mower or try to lift it.



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Tom from Ontario

03-16-2010 08:04:38
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
Our 8N could not handle a 5 foot rotary in heavy grass. For a 6 foot, it would have to be short grass and level ground.



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BushogPapa

03-15-2010 20:30:15
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
A 9N has about all it can LIFT with a 5 ft Bush Hog, if it is fully mounted.. If the mower has one or more rear wheels, the rear could be left on the ground and the cutting height adjusted with the 3-point, and a 6 ft Bush Hog could be used.. It will generally save you mowing time with the larger mower..you just may need to use a little "finesse" in tough spots..but should make a good combination.. The rear should always be set somewhat higher than the front, to allow trash to exit the mower.. Ron..

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Billy NY

03-15-2010 19:30:58
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
I'd agree with what has been said below, realize you are a bit short on HP for tall grasses, add a slope to that, you will have to take less of a cut, or raise the cutting height, adapt and overcome. Overunning clutch is probably a must, the momentum of the cutter will propel you forward, when you think you will stop, I run a 6' cutter on my 850 ford, no overunning clutch, I just lower it down and let the stump pan rub.

One thing you must do, is make sure the rotary cutter is properly adjusted and set up on the tractor, you may feel the front end get light, add some weight if possible, also make sure the blades are sharp and or not beat up, out of balance etc. you want every bit of efficiency out of that cutter if you are mowing tall, thick grasses, with that set up I'd want to keep the field cut regularly, much easier on the tractor. You may also want to monitor the engine temp, could be some hard work for that tractor, better done on cooler, clear days.

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Cush Al

03-15-2010 18:09:10
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
Sure! It can handle it!! My first time hooking it to my brand new (to me) '39 9N, it cost me a bed side and tailgate on my '07 Chevy! So, yes a Ford 9N can, with the front wheels set just right, Kick a Chevy,s BUTT (about 48" in the air, as my ins. adjuster put it) JUST FINE!!!!

Rusty



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old

03-15-2010 18:07:01
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
A 5 footer is tops for a 9N ya in some places a 6 might work but not many



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Dean

03-15-2010 17:25:41
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
No.

A 6' rotary cutter is both too wide and too heavy for a 9N. Don't even think about it.

Dean



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Stephen Atkins

03-15-2010 16:54:14
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
It probably could handle a 6' bushhog. If you keep what you are mowing mowed short. 2 passes mabe. But a 6' would be more ackward to handle. I had a 5' on my TO30 and at times wished for a 6' You can always make 2 passes or pull ot some and make a partial cut. Watch your pto speed. I think you get that at about 1500 rpm engine speed. Be carefull,good luck and have some fun with it.

steve



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Finn MD

03-15-2010 16:41:47
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
Besides worrying about enough power, you need to consider the weight of a larger 6 ft mower.My Landpride 6 ft mower weighs 711 pounds, and works good on my MF 165 that's bigger/heavier than your Ford, but that is a lot for a 9N or 8N to handle. If you have hills you could be in trouble with stability/safety..



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BCnT

03-15-2010 16:35:31
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
my '62 Ford 2000 has its plate full with a 5' sometimes and its 36 HP...i think you'd be better off with a 4 or 5 footer...with the 5' you can always take half a swath if going get tough.



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ford farmer

03-15-2010 16:24:12
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 Re: 6 ft. bush hog in reply to fireman 14, 03-15-2010 16:01:24  
in my experience i say 5 hp per foot and a 9n would handle a 5 footer fine. if you really wanted to run a 6 footer if the grass is dry and mowed regularly sure a 9n with a 6 footer will do it but from my own experience with my 8n and my 9n its just not enough umph to get through tough brush or really over fields especially if its got any moister to it. but if you want to try a 6 footer go for it one less pass down the field vs a 5 footer. good luck

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