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King-Kutter Brush-hog

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12-03-2003 20:18:40

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Any opinions on King Kutter brush hogs greatly appreciated. I have 6 acres I need to cut a few times a year. I've heard more bad than good about King-Kutter products. I need to purchase a 6' mower to use with my Ford 3600. Any one out there own one of these units? Had success with it? Reliable? Thanks!!

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Fred OH

12-05-2003 09:42:12

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
I was gonna buy a new brush hog several years ago when an old schoolmate said he had a 6' King Kutter he'd give me. It had been robbed of the front 3 pt hookup and the cross that holds the blades was broken...all that was holding the blades was the stump jumper. I put the front mount from a Ford mower on it and made a new blade mount. I reckon it mowed over 1000 acres or more with just some patches on the deck, new blades, and grease and oil in the gearbox. Eventually a new seal in bottom of the gearbox. I bought a new 6'er from TSC that didn't last thru one season...I sold it and still use the KK on occasion. With that in'd be okay to own one...just take care of it maintenance wise. Some people could bend an anvil by stepping on it. Fred OH

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David Mcadams

12-04-2003 13:26:02

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
Oh yea I forgot, I have a KingKutter 3pt tiller as well as the mowers that I use for the orchard and that is a good sound machine too. It's all gear driven (no chains to frig with). I used it alot last year in a new orchard I was planting and I have plenty of rock at this site. I have other equip, Woods, John Deer, Ferguson and so on but the KingKutter stuff has worked as good as any.

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David Mcadams

12-04-2003 13:05:32

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
I have two KingKutter mowers, a 4 foot and a six foot. I use the 4 foot in my orchard and the Six foot on old hay fields. They have served me very well. I have done no repairs on either and they have hundreds of hours of use. They make a heavy duty model and a lighter one depending on size. Go the extra money for the heavy model, if they offer it in the size you want. I havn't even had to replace the blades yet and I have had the one, now about seven years. It has cut stuff it shouldn't have including some 2-3 inch spruce and popular. If they ever need replacing I will buy King Kutter again!

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Farmer Tom

12-04-2003 09:03:49

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
Several years ago I bought a 6 foot King-Kutter. Use it behind my 3020JD and/or 1850 Oliver. So far, it has given me good service. Use it to mow pasture and/or hay fields and do some corn stubble mowing. Never have done any land clearing with it, so I won't offer an opiniun on that aspect. If I needed to, I would buy another one to replace it.

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12-04-2003 06:50:14

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
I have a King Kutter brush hog that I use to maintain about 20 acres of pasture, plus I use it on several of my neighbors' pastures to help them out. King Kutter definitely gives you the most bang for your buck. I've used mine on all kinds of brush, and even saplings up to around 2 inches in diameter. I've never had a problem with it, even though I abuse the crap out of it.

For your application, I think it's the way to go.

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Bus Driver

12-04-2003 05:45:00

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
My first mower bought about 20 years ago was a KingKutter. I was also looking at the BushHog brand. The fellow who had the KingKutter told me that he would not say that the KIngKutter was as good as the BushHog, but that he could assure me that I could buy the KingKutter and have over half the price of the BushHog still in my pocket. I did buy the KingKutter and never regretted it. It is a 5' size, I later bought a 6' of another lower priced brand. The money paid for the 2 mowers is less than the price of one BushHog.

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12-04-2003 05:41:13

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
I purchased a 6 foot King Kutter two years ago. I used it to clear 12 acres and now use it to keep it mowed down. My Farmall H handles it very well. Keep it greased and blades sharpend and it should last you along time.

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12-04-2003 05:14:18

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
I think it was a King Kutter brush hog that I stepped on down at the local dealers and the top of the deck caved in. Me and my dad found this amusing because it was marked "heavy duty" in paint marker almost where I had stepped on it. My boss bought a heavy duty Rhino, and beats on that pretty good with a 100hp tractor and it seems to take it well. Heres where you need to wander around web sites and dealers comparing deck and blade thicknesses, parts availibility, gearbox specs, and price. Most importantly, buy a grease gun if you don't have one to go along with it and grease everything often, grease is what makes stuff last.
Happy shopping!

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12-05-2003 11:59:38

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 Re: Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Jonathan, 12-04-2003 05:14:18  
Well, it's like some other post said. They make light duty ones and they make heavy duty ones. I walk all over the deck of my KK 6' model and it doesn't even flex (I weigh 240 lbs).

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12-04-2003 03:18:05

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
Depends on what you're doing with it. If your ground is clean, and you keep it mowed, you should do ok. I have sold a few of them for a dealer near me. He lets me buy them at "wholesale" to pass on to customers of mine. I sell used tractors and equipment. The ones I've sold, went to people that just cut a few acres. They don't stress them too much. If you're planning on cutting heavy brush, or doing some work besides mowing your 6 acres, you might want to invest in something a little more "heavy-duty". JMHO, John

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12-03-2003 22:22:40

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 Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Terry, 12-03-2003 20:18:40  
I'm planning on buying a 6' foot King Kutter with a slip clutch and a 60 HP gearbox in the spring. I've researched the archives on this site and find more positive comments then negative. I looked at the Woods and Deere's and believe that they are overpriced. I have no direct experience with them, however.
Them's my thoughts for whatever they are worth.

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12-04-2003 11:22:24

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 Re: Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Jerry/MT, 12-03-2003 22:22:40  
I've owned and used many rotary cutters, and the best two i have ever used is the 2 Woods i own now.

This last summer i was doing a rotavateing job 50 miles from here. I split the pto shaft on my rotavator, and was about to load up to leave. The customer came up to me and asked if i would spend a few hours hogging out some tall weeds useing his cutter. I agreed and hooked his King Kutter to my tractor.

Man, what a difference between his KK and my Woods!! I had to stop and check the blades, to see if they were ok!! It just wouldn't cut as clean as my Woods, and it also winrowed too much too!!! Also his KK was in it's second year, and the gear box seal was leaking.

A big farmer friend of mine bought a new KK when he retired. He "said" he tried to use it like the "Woods cutter" he had on the farm, and when i saw the KK the deck was bent up and the gear box trashed. He had hit a big rock in his field that he didn't know was there. Yes he had the right shear pin in it, (origional as he had not owned it long) and he said it "did" shear the pin. He told me that day, "when you buy a brush hog, cheap isn't good"!

I can't even remember all the rocks, stumps, and logs i've hit over the years!!! I think of a brush hog just like i do a rototiller, buy a GOOD one the first time, cause you never know what your going to hit!!


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12-04-2003 02:29:41

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 Re: Re: King-Kutter Brush-hog in reply to Jerry/MT, 12-03-2003 22:22:40  
You get what you pay for. You don't by a ford and expect it to perform like a Mercedes. King Kutter makes a decent machine for the money and parts are readily available.But they are for light to medium duty. If your six acres are in decent shape and you keep them that way a KK should do you fine.

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