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Re: farendloose drum mower

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08-09-2013 19:48:33

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We have a 2500? Reese drum mower. I didn't think the belts were lasting long enough. Costing $350 a year to buy belts. Or costing about a dollar a acre! In the package with the new long belt this year was a paper that said. These mowers were designed for tractors 100 hp or less(they are so heavy need that big just to carry it) Do not mow using over 65 hp continuous. My son got a new Kubota 126 GX this year. It has a readout for everything, including percentage of hp used. I have been keeping the reading at 50% on the level. and down shifting at 75%. We are still on last years belt and it is staying cool enough I can touch it. Generally run the same gear as before, but slowing down where the fescue is down and swirly. Even going faster sometimes, but generally about 6 mph but sometimes down to 3.5. Haven't baled much hay this year, it rains almost every day. Even when it doesn't the overcast sun isn't drying it down enough to bale in 4 days. But would sure rather have to much rain as not enough like last year! :-) Vic

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08-11-2013 05:12:34

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 Re: farendloose drum mower in reply to VicS, 08-09-2013 19:48:33  
You are cutting 350 acres a year with an 8 foot drum mower on a 108 PTO HP tractor. You are lucky on the belts once a year, but you've got the right idea...too much power is not your friend on anything belt driven.
To Coronaboy, what size tractor are you using on the mower?

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