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I need to get a mower for clearing pasture.

I'd been out looking for a good, used 6-ft mower to hang off the 3-point hitch in the back.

I found a low dollar 5-ft mower below, but not much else.

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During my searches, I came across flail mowers like the one in this listing:

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I don't know anyone who has ever owned a flail mower.

Any of you know the PROS and CONS of a flail mower? Actually, I guess I only need the CONS. Companies that sell flail mowers already talk about the PROS, like in this listing below:

http://www.servis-rhino.com/product/heavy-duty-flails/
 

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How rough is your ground? Bushes, high weeds, small trees? Hilly ground? Or just grass and flat ground? You want it to look like a golf course or just ok looking. Gonna run stock on it? What's your use of the ground gonna be? Gotta know this to answer your question. Hey Joe, that's like asking which is better. Big touring Harley or an XR. :cool:
 

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Rough ground and high brush go with a rotary, or brush hog as we call them in PA, the cut is not as clean but they knock everything down the mower rides on it wheels following the grounds terrain. Flail mowers make a nicer cut , you need a lot of PTO horsepower and have to adjust the cut height via the three point hitch.
 

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What you are cutting counts. I've never worked with a flail, but I've done a fair bit of time on a brush mower (what we call them). I always found the results of the brush mower to look messy. They don't multch well so you are left with what looks like a hay crop laying on the surface.If what you want is to go in and knock down the stand a couple times a year (not sure how the growth cycle is in your area) with not a pile of concern to what it looks like, the rotary will do what you need.
 

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I've got about 60 acres of land that has not been kept up in a good 10 years or so.

There are numerous little bushes I need to mow down, a few creeks I need to cross over, and wild hogs tear the ground up out there a lot. There were cattle on it a few years back, but they have not been out there for some time.

I've always used bush hogs in the past, but I saw these flail mowers come up this time. They certainly look promising, but I imagine there has to be a negative side to all of this.

I got me an International 784 with a big front end loader to help with the work (67 HP at the PTO).
 

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I agree go with the brush hog.
 

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Brilliant! And they are on the list when we move to somewhere with a bit of land,
Just remember to keep them away from your bike.....they like to eat 12v wiring......don't ask me how I know...
 

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Is this the thread where we show pictures of our grass cutting equipment?....oh ok then:).....well here's my new one.
Not big enough for your needs, by the looks of it Joe, but it's perfect for my needs.
Has 3 rotary cutters and is hydrostatic drive. Can mulch or collect.
Doe's a very neat job......doesn't crap on the grass like a goat neither....lol

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Yorkie,

I've had this little Kubota BX2200 for a while now. Video posted Sept 25, 2008 (about 6-months before I got the XR, when Maximos was only about 14 months old).


Damn how things change. That backyard looks different now (a tractor shed back there where the bamboo used to be and a big garden in that spot where I was mowing). The kid does too! Hell, even I look heavier.

The tractor looks the same, though. Go figure.
 

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Hey Joe, Nice little Kubota you got there.....wouldn't mind one of those with a front and rear loader.

My Countax is quite a bit smaller than your Kubota.......the cutter deck is only 38" wide. I need it to be that narrow or I can't get access to every area. It's a compremise.

Speaking of versatiliy......here's the future of versatility, Joe....

http://diverto.com/files/6913/4847/7448/iVT-International.pdf

This is a very unique machine I have been helping to design over the past few years. I wrote and illustrated this article on the machine, but my specialist design area was the cab.

Here is an earlier prototype on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EHvFps7Odc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir9dgx4G6S0
 

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That's neat! Looks pretty far along, too.

Probably won't be able to afford one anytime soon, though. :(

In that 2nd video, it looks like the driver has one of those flail mowers mounted up.
 

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Hey Joe, Nice little Kubota you got there.....wouldn't mind one of those with a front and rear loader.

My Countax is quite a bit smaller than your Kubota.......the cutter deck is only 38" wide. I need it to be that narrow or I can't get access to every area. It's a compremise.

Speaking of versatiliy......here's the future of versatility, Joe....

http://diverto.com/files/6913/4847/7448/iVT-International.pdf

This is a very unique machine I have been helping to design over the past few years. I wrote and illustrated this article on the machine, but my specialist design area was the cab.

Here is an earlier prototype on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EHvFps7Odc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir9dgx4G6S0
THAT is a fantastic piece of equipment. I really like how the bucket boom unfolds to a backhoe setup.
 

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Yep, Joe.....that's a hydro drive flail mower attachment........these are good on rough ground or stoney ground, where rotary fixed blade mowers would get damaged.

Wesk, the Diverto Q-Synhro machines a just incredible pieces of kit.....not just the openable arm, as you mentioned, although that detail is actually why the machine was developed in the first place. These machines are incredibly versatile pieces of kit.

Four wheel drive
Four wheel steer
360 degree rotating cab and hydraulic arm....(the John Deere Tier 4 power unit acts as a counter weight so the machine has a minimum ground pressure.)
Three point hitch
PTO and trailer hitch
Road legal machine with 2 seater fully suspended iso cab with AC
Compressed air attachment outlet
AC power attchment outlet
Fully remote control operable as shown in the video.

It's powerful and it's really compact too.....It's revolutionary.....watch this space..

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Joe I'll take care of your wild hog problem for you get the barbie Q ready, I'll bring the bow "SBD"
 
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