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Chumbleweed

03-02-2017 18:24:41




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Hi folks, I have a Ford 2810 and was thinking a 5 foot brush hog would be the right size. I'll be mowing hunting club roads, old food plots and cutting in new roads. Just looking for advice to see if a 5 or 6 footer is the better option.




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ptfarmer

03-05-2017 19:54:17




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
I have a 7' 3 point Woods mower behind my Massey Ferguson 135, it's a close match to your 2810, and it has no problems with the 7' mower I have.



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Chumbleweed

03-05-2017 16:53:48




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
I would really like a 6 footer but I do worry about getting between trees and in tighter areas. I don't think a 6 footer will be to heavy for this tractor. It's an older unit an about 4000 lbs.



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ken midlam

03-04-2017 17:52:27




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
I run a 6 ft because I want to be wider than the back wheels weight should not be factor if you get one of the lighter models and if it gets real heavy grass don't take a full swath. I had a Brush hog brand that was off set 20 inches and worked great ,easy to mow along fences without getting back wheel into fence also I could mow closer to my pond ,somebody offered me 300 hundred more than I paid for it now he has it . off set brush hogs are hard to find

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Ultradog MN

03-04-2017 06:12:42




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
I have a 3000 and use a 6 footer.
Had a 5' for years but wanted one a little wider. Both were Bush Hog brand units - 405 vs 406 I think. They are very heavy, like 1000/1100 lbs or so. My tractor (38 hp) has enough hp to run the 6' just fine but it does grunt a bit to heft it.
I would not want to go back to a 5'.
Maybe look for a 6' Ford or King Kutter. Or a BH Squealer. They are much lighter.
I looked for about 4 years to find the one I have now. Paid $600 for it then sold my old one for the same price.
So be patient and youll find one.

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fredstev

03-03-2017 08:22:06




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
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This is a good point, and one of the reasons that I went with a 5 ft. instead of a 6 ft. bush hog (that's the brand I bought). I was worried about it making the front of my 871 light when I backed it into shallow ditches and pond edges. If a person was just rough mowing a big field and/or on pretty much level ground, the weight of a 6 ft. probably wouldn't matter as much. ymmv.

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sunbeam

03-03-2017 07:11:08




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
If it is 3 point you need to watch the weight some 6 ft could make your tractor very light on the front.



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Tiger Joe

03-03-2017 06:20:55




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
i understand the money thing

in my area, 5 footers is about the largest you can go and still be relatively cheap. I see them on craigslist for 500 and under everyday.
I can't find a 6 or 7 for anywhere near that price. most folks want 800+ for a used cutter bigger than 5'. and that low is even rare. most seem to be in the 1200 area.
so while i'd still say 6 would be ideal, probably end up with a 5'

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Chumbleweed

03-03-2017 04:50:56




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
I appreciate all of the feedback. Money always plays a roll in the decision making especially when its just for hunting camp work. Its easy to get excited and before you know it you have a small fortune sitting in the woods to only me used a couple of times a year. I really do enjoy sitting and lettingthe tractor do the work. The simple things!



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Tiger Joe

03-03-2017 04:29:25




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
i agree 6'.
we have 2 5' cutters we use behind our 871 and 860, and I wish we had a 6 or even a 7. but like already said we got the 5's for free with tractors so can't complain.

I'd rather have more cutter and take half or 3/4 of a cut if its thick than be stuck to only 5 most of the time



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Stevob671

03-03-2017 03:53:37




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
Six footer on my 671D (also rated 32hp), goes through most anything. When cutting the real nasty stuff, don't need to take a full swath. Cuts down on driving time...unless you like that sort of thing.



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RickB

03-03-2017 02:39:42




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
6' no question for me. I want to cover the wheel tracks, or almost.



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brianjbell

03-02-2017 18:28:26




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 Re: Bush hog size in reply to Chumbleweed, 03-02-2017 18:24:41  
You could probably handle a 6' bush hog behind that thing. You have 32 pto hp and the general rule of thumb is 5hp per foot of cutter. Now, if you are dealing with nasty stuff or have issues with space, a 5' would be just fine. I use a 5' JD 513 bushhog behind my 3000D every summer. Would like a 6' but when you are given the 5' cutter you don't look a gift horse in the mouth.



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