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finish verse rotary mower advice

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06-12-2019 13:50:16

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I have a Woods 7' mower on my Case 930 that is a beast. But I need advice for buying a rotary mower to be used with my MF50 38hp for mowing ditch and farmstead to include pasture. The next part of my question is Woods or Landpride? Finish or rotary? Thanks for helping me.

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06-18-2019 14:18:57

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 Re: finish verse rotary mower advice in reply to 16840138, 06-12-2019 13:50:16  
A finish mower will not handle TALL grass and weeds. A finish mower is what is used for lawns.

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06-18-2019 14:13:04

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 Re: finish verse rotary mower advice in reply to 16840138, 06-12-2019 13:50:16  
Used to be, a brush hog was just that. But then too many people started calling them Bush Hog's even if they were another brand, so I s'pose that's when someone thought it'd be good to coin the new word, "Rotary Mower".
Far as I know:

rotary mower = brush hog (for cutting heavy brush/small trees)

finish mower = estate mower (use as you would a riding mower)

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06-18-2019 13:40:22

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 Re: finish verse rotary mower advice in reply to 16840138, 06-12-2019 13:50:16  
Hi: Please help me understand the difference in terminology, a rotary versus a finishing mower. I use a Woods RM-59, which has 3 rotating blades underneath, making a total width of cut of 59 inches. Is this not a rotary machine? Thanks for info., the names of things change over the years.

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06-12-2019 14:26:17

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 Re: finish verse rotary mower advice in reply to 16840138, 06-12-2019 13:50:16  
I've used a 3-pt finish mower to cut Texas pasture, using both a Ferguson TO-30 and a Pasquali 986. Also used a Howse rotary on the tractors. When we moved up here and I was faced with 6' tall prairie grasses, all I had was the rotary mower and the Pasquali, but I knew the estate mower wouldn't be good for such a heavy load anyway. I also knew the blunt edges of the rotary mower also wouldn't do well. So I spent a couple of days (on and off) re-grinding the 1/2" thick blades to a much steeper edge that was more like a lawnmower blade. Worked very well, and still cut trees like butter. I think you can buy thinner rotary blades as well, but I'd still try putting a steeper-than-stock edge on them. Best of both worlds, in my opinion. Could even have a set of blunt blades for use when you have a mowing job that has lots of thicker, stalkier growth, or lots of rocks.

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