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Best pasture fence mower for WD

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Jwr

04-16-2003 11:10:30




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Hi all,

I would be interested in some experienced opinions on the best mower for my WD.

My land is mostly pasture with just a couple acres of hay ground. It is very hilly with woods in the pasture. So the mower is mostly for pasture & fence lines.

Would an "underneath" sickle type mower be best?

I think they are rare, these days. Can one find anything new yet? That would mount to a WD?

But, then, maybe a "behind" rotory mower would be better. I don't know, which is the point.

Anyone with experience & would share an opinion?

I am in SW Wisconsin.

TIA,
Jwr

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Scott

04-17-2003 09:43:43




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 Re: Best pasture fence mower for WD in reply to Jwr, 04-16-2003 11:10:30  
Acutally, the behind sickle is good for going arround trees and fence posts. It does get a little tricky some times, but with the mower behind you, if you swing the front end toward the obticle just before the mower hits it, the bar will swing out, go past the tree/post, and you straighten up. I can't immagine being able to get through our pasture gate with the bar down if it was side mounted. When you swing right, it goes right instead of left. Then I back hard left, then right, then forward through the gate with the bar. That said, I've had more than my fair share of neck cramps :)

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Brian G. NY

04-17-2003 06:28:05




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 Re: Best pasture fence mower for WD in reply to Jwr, 04-16-2003 11:10:30  
I have a side mounted A-C 82S sickle bar on my WD-45. I cut it down to 5-1/2' to make it easier to get under and around the wild apple trees on my property. I also "tweaked" the lift system so it will snap right up to full 90 deg. with the hydraulics. This is very handy for mowing hanging branches, etc. along fence lines. Sometimes I'm tempted to cut down all my wild "scrub" apple trees; like now, when I'm trimming them. However, I like their looks; the birds and especially the deer get a lot of use out of them, too.

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Jwr

04-17-2003 07:28:43




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 Re: Re: Best pasture fence mower for WD in reply to Brian G. NY, 04-17-2003 06:28:05  
Brian, you said: “ I also "tweaked" the lift system so it will snap right up to full 90 deg. with the hydraulics. This is very handy for mowing hanging branches, etc. along fence lines”

Surely you don’t mean that this mower, when at 90 degrees (straight up), can still run/cut???

I can see how handy that would be, but is it really possible?

How old is your “A-C 82S sickle bar”? Is it or something similar still manufactured that will fit a WD?

Thanks all (Brian, L Hud, JMS,Sid). Appreciated.

I am leaning toward the side mount/belly mower because of the view and because I can leave it on and still use the hitch. Also the ability to easily adjust the height.

As a side bar question, does anyone know of a used AC dealer/yard in the SW Wisc, NE Iowa, NW Il area? Around Dubuque IA. I've heard rumors that one exists but have not been able to track it down. I'll also post this question as a new post.

Best,
jwr

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Jwr

04-18-2003 21:52:57




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 Re: Re: Re: Best pasture fence mower for WD in reply to Jwr, 04-17-2003 07:28:43  
Interesting indeed!

Thanks Brian,

jwr



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Brian G. NY

04-17-2003 13:58:55




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 Re: Re: Re: Best pasture fence mower for WD in reply to Jwr, 04-17-2003 07:28:43  
Yes, A-C had this "twin wheel" design that eliminated the traditional "pitman arm" and allowed the mower to mow to approx. 30 deg. below and 90 deg. above horizontal. Interestingly, years ago (when I was a kid) I used to work for this neighbor farmer who had a side mounted mower on his 8N Ford that would also mow nearly vertical. It was able to do so because it had an extremely short "pitman arm". I don't know when A-C discontinued the 80 series mowers, but there are still a few out there. The ability to raise the mower to vertical from the driver's seat eliminates that "bar gap" problem altogether.

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L Hud

04-17-2003 05:53:08




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 Re: Best pasture fence mower for WD in reply to Jwr, 04-16-2003 11:10:30  
I use a #8 JD behind my 45 for pasture clipping. It sits close behind and not hard to follow over your shoulder. I really like the way it works. Hope this helps.



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JMS/MN

04-17-2003 05:38:07




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 Re: Best pasture fence mower for WD in reply to Jwr, 04-16-2003 11:10:30  
It would be easier to maneuver a side-mount sickle mower around fence posts than a rear-mount. The side mount attaches underneath the engine/tranny area, and the sickle bar runs just forward of the right rear wheel, in plain view of the operator.



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Sid

04-16-2003 19:23:01




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 Re: Best pasture fence mower for WD in reply to Jwr, 04-16-2003 11:10:30  
I prefer to clip, or mow my pasture with a sickle mower it makes a clean cut and I think it helps keep weeds down and is better on the grass however I use my bush hog more often than not it is faster ten footer compared to seven footer sickle mower. I do not have an underneath or belly mower as we call them but if I had my druthers I would. I like mowing with them better. easier than looking over your shoulder.

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