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WD-45 brushhog use

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Gary/Weston, Oh

05-08-2010 07:48:45




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I have a WD-45 and would like to get a brushhog/finish mower for it. Been looking at them for a while and what I'm hearing is the tractor must be able to handle the job of pulling it under load. How much of an implement can this tractor handle?

Never had either a hog or mower. What's the difference in the cut? Seems like a hog should be able to cut leaving a nice appearance if it's not all beat up.

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Gary/Weston, oh

05-20-2010 18:52:15




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Gary/Weston, Oh, 05-08-2010 07:48:45  
Just put a 5" "Brush Hog" razorbak on it and it hardley knew it was there. Didn"t do much yet but I don"t think it will be anything more than a pleasure to use. Thanks for the help and you were right!



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Jeff Z.

05-10-2010 10:48:15




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Gary/Weston, Oh, 05-08-2010 07:48:45  
In regards to HP verses gear box srength, the people at Bush Hog said it is perfectly ok to use a higher rated hp tractor on their smaller hp rated units.



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Tramway Guy

05-08-2010 11:36:08




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Gary/Weston, Oh, 05-08-2010 07:48:45  
WD-45 would certainly have the power, but heavy-duty jobs like brush hogging are very hard on the marginal PTO gears in that tractor.



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Clay in MI

05-08-2010 10:34:00




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Gary/Weston, Oh, 05-08-2010 07:48:45  
If you are mowing a lawn and will never let the grass get too high you want a finish mower. If you are mowing ditches, roadsides, small saplings, or fields once or twice a year you want a brush hog type mower. I think a 6' mower of either type is a good match for the hp and width of a WD45. A brush hog can leave an acceptable (by my standards) appearance when adjusted correctly and used often. They are more prone to throwing gravel and other objects which may be a concern around buildings. It is my understanding that the hp ratings of mowers is more a reflection of the strength of the gearbox than the tractor requirements.

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Jeff Z.

05-08-2010 11:01:00




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Clay in MI, 05-08-2010 10:34:00  
The tractor PTO Hp is a very big thing to consider when using a PTO driven implment. Every PTO driven implement needs a certain amout of Hp so it operates properly withput putting a large strain on the tractor.
In most every PTO implement specifications it will list the tractor's PTO Hp requirements to propery operate the implement and is not really there to inform you on how tough the gear box is.

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Jeff Z.

05-08-2010 11:20:38




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Jeff Z., 05-08-2010 11:01:00  
The specifications could also be factoring in the gear box strength because that is maybe why these implements are rated in PTO HP groups.

Would have to ask the factory about that.
I"ll see what they say.



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old

05-08-2010 08:09:53




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Gary/Weston, Oh, 05-08-2010 07:48:45  
A WD45 if you do in fact have one is around 45HP but you could also have a WD which is around 34HP. The 2 look pretty much the same and a lot of people think they are the same. That said a WD45 will handle a 6 foot hog pretty easy. A brush hog is used to cut ruff areas and light brush that is why it is called a brush hog, and can cut trees up to around 2 inches if taken slowly. A finish mower is just that and for the most part is just an extra large lawn mower and will do a nice job on a lawn where as a brush hog will not do a nice job but it is not made to

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Jeff Z.

05-08-2010 08:09:11




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Gary/Weston, Oh, 05-08-2010 07:48:45  
All of those type mowers are rated fot PTO HP. If you find one rated 38 HP or less you should be fine.



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bg/mo

05-10-2010 14:13:31




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Jeff Z., 05-08-2010 08:09:11  
isn"t the hp rating for max hp for the gearbox???



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Jeff Z.

05-10-2010 18:55:47




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to bg/mo, 05-10-2010 14:13:31  
That is what I thought but that is not the way the people at Bush Hog state it.
They said it is perfectly ok to run a lower hp rated mower with a higher rated hp tractor.
From what they told me it seems the hp rating is so you don"t use a high hp rated mower on a lower rates hp tractor.



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Jeff Z.

05-08-2010 08:22:37




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Jeff Z., 05-08-2010 08:09:11  
Some good tests on the gas engine WD-45 rated the pto at 43.21 HP. I always back that number off by around 5 HP because those test figures are usually based on maximum power not really normal operating speeds.



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Gary/Weston, oh

05-08-2010 17:32:17




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Jeff Z., 05-08-2010 08:22:37  
Thanks for the replies. I"m pretty sure it"s a 45 wd, says so on the tank and the guy I bought it from not only made mention of it but gave me some info on it he"d gotten here about the hydraulics. It also has the double clutch. I mentioned to him about using it to power a log splitter, but he mumbled something about the hydraulics not being right for it. Too small or too slow, I didn"t"t understand.

I thought it might be able to handle the job after reading some on it here but often when I see those 6ft hogs on a tractor the tractor looks much bigger. Like to get a 5ft if I can find one. Just don"t want something that will be too much for the tractor. I like the thing. Had it for a couple years now.

I won"t be using it much just for the driveway back and no buildings involved, but you never know what it will end up doing once friends know you have one.

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BushogPapa

05-09-2010 18:54:21




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Gary/Weston, oh, 05-08-2010 17:32:17  
Don't waste your time getting a 5 ft'er..!!

Get a 6 footer..that WD-45 will handle it fine..!!

DO have a good (operating) Slip-Clutch on the Bush Hog, though...

Ron..



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Dick W.

05-09-2010 15:44:58




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Gary/Weston, oh, 05-08-2010 17:32:17  
A "45" gear lever is bent over at the top and a "WD" is strait. Your "45" will easily handle a 6 foot mower for what you want to do. If the grass is too heavy sometime just go down a gear. It has more that just 3rd gear for mowing. Have fun using your tractor for some "real" work!



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chevytaHOE5674

05-09-2010 16:37:39




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 Re: WD-45 brushhog use in reply to Dick W., 05-09-2010 15:44:58  

Dick W. said: (quoted from post at 15:44:58 05/09/10) A "45" gear lever is bent over at the top and a "WD" is strait.


Late WD's had the updated transmission with the curved shifter handle. The true tell tale sign of a WD45 motor is the presence/absence of the bolt on plate on the side of the motor.

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