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Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford

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04-21-2010 05:12:02

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I am looking to buy a new Brush Hog to put on the back of a 8N. They sell light, med and heavy duty. I plan on buying a new 5 foot mower. Anyone out there have a Brush Hog they can tell me about?

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04-21-2010 16:48:43

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 Re: Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford in reply to davis123, 04-21-2010 05:12:02  
I've got a four foot Brush Hog Squealer, it doesn't get abused, and lives in the barn most of the year, I've never had any problem with it. I tried it with limit chains, but I really like my Zane Thang, a much better solution for the 9N. I had to cut down the PTO shaft to accommodate my overrunning clutch. I would have chosen a five footer if I were to buy it new, but I'm happy with this setup.


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04-21-2010 09:11:27

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 Re: Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford in reply to davis123, 04-21-2010 05:12:02  
Rememeber that your lift is only capable of lifting 750-800# if it"s in really good shape(no leaks) and that raising the mower will cause the front end to become light and will affect stabillity and control of the tractor especially on hillsides. In my opinion, a 5 foot mower weighing in at 500 #+/- with the requisite ORC is your best bet. If you"re a flatlander, and just want to mow some grass and not do any heavy cutting you might be able to handle a 6 footer power wise but you still need to watch the weight.

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04-21-2010 06:53:19

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 Re: Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford in reply to davis123, 04-21-2010 05:12:02  
I've had a basic 5' KK ( light/medium? ) hog shared between my fords for about 10ys now.. 8n pulled it fine.. though it now currently lives on my 740.

remember. the heavier it is.. the more the hyds do and the lighter the front end is. more $$ too..


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04-21-2010 06:32:01

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 Re: Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford in reply to davis123, 04-21-2010 05:12:02  
I have a Woods "bush hog" and a Woods finish mower, both 5'.

IMHO you can't beat a Woods. They are well worth the extra money. There is some real junk on the market.

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04-21-2010 06:00:29

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 Re: Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford in reply to davis123, 04-21-2010 05:12:02  

You are correct in choosing a 5' cutter for your 8N.

Whether you should buy a light or medium duty depends mostly upon what you plan to cut and how long you expect the cutter to last.

Most light duty 5' cutters have a 40 HP gearbox, shear pin protection and a tailwheel equipped with bushings, which will be a routine maintenance item. Such cutters will weigh 400-500 lbs and are perfectly adequate for mowing grass, weeds, small saplings and brush that is not too heavy.

Medium duty cutters will likely weigh 500-600 lbs, may have a heavier gearbox (or may not), slip clutch protection (unlikely) and a roller bearing equipped tail wheel, which is an improvement well worth the added expense. You can expect such cutters to last longer than the light duty types.

In any event, do not buy a "true" heavy duty cutter as it will be too heavy for proper use with your 8N.


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04-21-2010 05:58:37

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 Re: Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford in reply to davis123, 04-21-2010 05:12:02  
Davis----you plan on buying a 5 foot mower---that part you already have correct (for an N tractor)...

After that, it depends on what you are going to need it for....I have a "Bush Hog" brand designed to cut "logs" up to 2 inches in diameter, which I needed to clear an old elderberry patch out...

Now I use it only for mowing pasture ground and occasionally for chopping up corn stalks when I get too lazy to hook up the disc or stalk chopper.

If you are just planning to mow grass, I would be looking at the light duty based on price only.

Lots of inexpensive brands available, including King Kutter, etc...lots of used ones available too. How much ground do you have to work on?

Oh---my "Bush Hog" works real well for chopping up the occasional soccer sized rock that crops up each year and sending the pieces sailing in every direction...


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04-21-2010 06:13:37

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 Re: Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford in reply to 8N'r--WI, 04-21-2010 05:58:37  
10 acres. A few sall trees popping up that I want knock down. I would like to know about the quality of Brush Hog. Will a light duty mower last for many years if it is not abused?

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04-21-2010 07:10:20

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 Re: Brush Hog Mower for 8N Ford in reply to davis123, 04-21-2010 06:13:37  
In a word......Yes. I have a 5 footer Brand unknown that was retired from the state road dept. I bought it at auction for a low price 5 years ago. After some TLC it has cut well and will probably outlast me.

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