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Brush Hog horsepower

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12-18-2003 17:41:32

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What is the minimum HP needed to run a 5ft brush hog. I am thinking about purchasing a JD 650 with 14.5 PTO HP and I want to make sure it will run my brush hog.


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Chris Davis

03-15-2005 20:18:20

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 Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Ryan, 12-18-2003 17:41:32  
Have you considered a gang reel mower like Northern tool and equipment carries?

That would be a pulling only type and if you have unclutterd ground free from rocks etc, you could mow 7ft at a time.

Good Luck.

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12-19-2003 04:39:36

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 Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Ryan, 12-18-2003 17:41:32  
i really don't think a JD 650 has enough power for a 5' bush hog. i tried using one on a 18 hp compact tractor and it was quite a load. the lowest horsepower for a 5' bush hog is about 23-25 p.t.o. hp. just pulling and running a cutter in the grass is quite a load on any machine. 4' cutter would suit you better.

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12-19-2003 04:31:28

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 Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Ryan, 12-18-2003 17:41:32  
A good rule of thumb for handling anything you may run into when brushhogging. 10 horsepower per foot of width of cut on the brushhog. This may seem high for some folks but when I do custom work I usually charge by the job, not by the hour. My IH504 will handle the 6 foot brushhog ok, but the Oliver 1600 does the same job in half the time. Sometimes the job requires as much time to clear obstructions as to do the cutting. If you plan on maintaining the yard on a regular basis a finish mower will do a neater job. It will also require less horsepower to operate efficiently. Hope this helps, Don

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Gary n TX

12-18-2003 21:25:35

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 Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Ryan, 12-18-2003 17:41:32  
My personal opinion for whatever its worth to anyone else would be to say that 30 hp and up would be ideal. Your going to be way too limited on what you can mow with that small of horsepower.

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12-18-2003 19:10:39

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 Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Ryan, 12-18-2003 17:41:32  
As has been stated, that tractor will only do very light work with a 5' bushog. We run an 870 on a 5' hog & finishing mower. That size handles them both fine. You will find if you try these on the smaller tractor that it will bog down at the first sign of anything heavy. My 2 cents.

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Robert in W. Mi

12-18-2003 18:05:04

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 Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Ryan, 12-18-2003 17:41:32  
That won't be enough pto hp for anything but light cutting!!! I think you should look for a bigger tractor for a 5' hog. Robert

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12-18-2003 18:17:02

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 Re: Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Robert in W. Mi, 12-18-2003 18:05:04  

My plan is to mow a 3 acre yard every two weeks. Do you think that this would still be to much for the JD650 hooked up to a 5ft brush hog? Would I be better off getting a 5 ft 3pt finish mower instead?


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Robert in W. Mi

12-19-2003 15:46:08

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 Re: Re: Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Ryan, 12-18-2003 18:17:02  
I could NOT mow "my" lawn with a 5' mower with that few HP. I think you will be very disapointed if you buy that combo.. My grass is thick, and if i left it two weeks, it takes a LOT of hp to mow it, at any speed at all.

One thing i found out when I TRIED IT FOR MYSELF is, that a 3 bladed finish mower takes "more power" to mow with than a rotary cutter. (brush hog) You are turning a lot more berrings, belts, and that adds up to quite a bit friction. Then there's the problem with the finish mower cutting and recutting the same grass before it leaves the mower!

Also keep in mind, that a "rear discharge" mower will take less power to mow with than a "side discharge". (gets rid of the grass easier, faster)


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12-19-2003 04:40:55

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 Re: Re: Re: Brush Hog horsepower in reply to Ryan, 12-18-2003 18:17:02  
I think a finish mower would be the better choice for the tractor. If mowing grass is all you're gonna be doing with it, I would save the money the tractor & mower would cost & just buy a good lawn mower.

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