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Bud

03-30-2000 06:40:39




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I'm considering the purchase of a late model C with hydraulics mainly to mow 1 acre of yard. I would install a 3 point hitch and purchase a rear mount mower.

The unit I'm looking at comes with a 5 ft pull type mower , two bottom plow , cultivator , and planter.My questions are as follows:

-Will the C be a good choice with the mounted mower or should I just purchase a lawn tractor.
-How much will I have to pay for the 3 point hitch and a good mounted mower.
-What is the tractor(bueatifully restored) and implements worth and finally
-Can I sell the implements since I don't have a use for them and what would the lot ( plow , drag mower , cultivator , and planter ) be worth?
Thanks for any insight
Bud

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D13

04-02-2000 06:35:35




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 Re: AC C in reply to Bud, 03-30-2000 06:40:39  
I ran a C on a 6' back mower last year, and burned it up. unless you yard is long and narrow you'll find it almost impossible to do the corners, so you'll need a rider anyway. C's don't turn well with the back mower, and won't want to pick one up on the 3 point. They don't have enough power to be happy with over 5' of mower, and the factory hydraulics are marginal for a 3 point. A nice C is about $1500 (unless it's wide front, add $250), a perfect one is $2500, a beater is $800-1000. Adding a 3 point (never installed at the factory) runs $350-450.
I also have a B with a 5' Woods belly mower, that works great. THese mowers are about $2000. I still use a rider to do edges and corners. I'm mowing 5 acres of flat and straight lawn - I bought a 18 horse 48" rider for edging, a 6' finish mower for the main body, and a 34HP tractor to drive it, because the B/C gearing was too slow in first and skipped spots in 2nd.

From personal experience - for 1 acre, buy a 48" hydrostat mower and be happy.

Cultivator - $75 if all there
Mounted sickle mower - $250 operable
Pull behind - $100-$500 depending on condition and if finish or "brush hog"
Plow - $100

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Nick

04-01-2000 20:09:32




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 Re: AC C in reply to Bud, 03-30-2000 06:40:39  
If you just want to mow 1 acre I would say get a good used wheel Horse or other name brand garden tractor. I use a CA with a 72" deck and in a small yard it can be hard to do a good job. A garden tractor with a 48" deck should work well for that size yard.



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Bud

04-02-2000 11:21:16




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 Re: Re: AC C in reply to Nick, 04-01-2000 20:09:32  
D13 & Nick
Thanks for the response. My mind tells me your right-on.A lawn tractor is the best alternative but it sure is boring.
Bud



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