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6 ft finish mowers

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07-16-2011 15:35:05

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I have a 4610 Ford and I am thinking of finding a used finish mower to use instead of the bushog. I have never had/used one. All the ones I have ever seen seem to be apart getting a new belt etc. Are they possable to use and do a good job or just plagued with problems? What brands seem to hold up? Thanks

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Ellis Kinney

07-17-2011 10:15:05

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 Re: 6 ft finish mowers in reply to david1, 07-16-2011 15:35:05  
I purchased a landpride 35-90 in 1992 and it is still going strong today. I have broken 1 belt, my own fault for trying to chew up parts of a busted hay bale. It has been greased after every use and has never been left outside overnight. On the downside, the paint job was horrible and had mostly flaked off after the first season. However, I would buy another one.

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07-17-2011 08:32:54

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 Re: 6 ft finish mowers in reply to david1, 07-16-2011 15:35:05  

Iwas lucky , my brother gave me a jd 6ft finish mower,his friend gave it to him, it needed one pulley and a belt,I fixed it and have been using it for 5 years,I just replaced a different idler pulley 2 weeks ago,but I have used it alot and it cuts good. It has 3 blades and is side dicharge,I think it is a good mower

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07-17-2011 08:11:10

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 Re: 6 ft finish mowers in reply to david1, 07-16-2011 15:35:05  
While not 6.0 foot, hands down the best finish mower is the Woods RM-990. 7.5 foot. But it is heavy. Even has stump jumper blades. Cuts clean, can handle the big stuff and will compliment a 4610.
Commercial grade.

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07-17-2011 08:16:03

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 Re: 6 ft finish mowers in reply to WayneB, 07-17-2011 08:11:10  
How about a woods D 80. Are the any good?

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07-17-2011 07:52:16

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 Re: 6 ft finish mowers in reply to david1, 07-16-2011 15:35:05  
Wore out 4 sets of blades, 3 belts, 1 spindle bearing on a 5ft Woods RM550 in 10 years. Gave $1750 new and sold it for $500.
Still in use today.

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Ken Sweet

07-16-2011 17:03:44

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 Re: 6 ft finish mowers in reply to david1, 07-16-2011 15:35:05  
The best finish mowers out there are probably the Landpride and First Choice. Setting side beside, it is hard to see any differences and they spec out almost identical. Price of a Blue 7 ft First Choice is about $1000 less that Landpride. Ken Sweet

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Tom in TN

07-16-2011 16:49:14

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 Re: 6 ft finish mowers in reply to david1, 07-16-2011 15:35:05  

I have a Bush Hog brand 6 ft. finishing mower that I bought about 5 years ago. I use it a lot on about 3 or 4 acres of lawns here on our farm (we have three houses on the farm). It has been a good machine, except, it has four caster wheels on it. There are spacers on each caster that are used to control the height of the cut. I have some rough ground that I mow, and if I have the cutting height set high, there's not enough support on the shafts of the forks that the wheels are mounted in.

The shafts bend too easily. I have a friend with a large press in his shop. He straightens the shafts for me, but it's a pain to have keep having them straightened. I bought a couple of new ones, and they were something in the neighborhood of $70.00 each.

So, if you have rough ground and plan to cut the grass at a high height, be prepared for bent forks.

Tom in TN

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07-16-2011 15:54:16

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 Re: 6 ft finish mowers in reply to david1, 07-16-2011 15:35:05  
Check thickness of deck on either a new or used one. Thin decks wear or rust out quickly. A thick deck adds rigidity to the mower assembly and it can be run faster.

Taylor Way and Bush Hog are 2 good brands.

I prefer the type that has rear discharge and spreads the cut grass out. The side discharge leaves little windrows.


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