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Old 05-31-2012, 04:26 PM   post #1 of 10
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Hi all,

Last week I picked up a used King Kutter 72" finish mower. I got it hooked up and mowed a little bit with it during the middle of the week; pulled the blades off, sharpened them, and then mowed the entire half acre on Sunday. By the time I was half done with the back half of the yard I was definitely getting the swing of mowing with it. I do have a couple of questions though...

Can I put the 3-pt links for the lift arms on the mower on the inside? It sure would make mounting a whole lot easier! My next question may earn me duper redneck status. Can I flip the legs that the gauge wheels are on upside down? The reason I want to do this is I need to mow some land I have downstate and it is completely overgrown, like 2+ feet overgrown. I know I should use a bush hog for this, but I don't have one yet. I'm thinking making a pass with them upside down real slow and then flip them right-ways and make the final pass.

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:02 PM   post #2 of 10
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Putting the pins to the inside is no problem. But mowing tall grass will not only break belts,it will also stress the frame,bearings spindles ,and gear box. And it adds stress to the tractor pto also.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:37 PM   post #3 of 10
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Well,

I pimped my deck this evening...
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:39 PM   post #4 of 10
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I have read of people using a finish mower to knock down rough stuff.

What was said was walk any potential rough or hidden obstacle areas, to go slow, mow high as possible the first pass. The usual common sense things.

Also it was said to use the FEL low to the ground to reveal any hidden things you don't want to hit. And this tends to flatten the grass to go through the mower more evenly, I'm told. Keep a feel on the steering wheel for the front end going into any dips or high spots.

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Old 06-04-2012, 09:20 AM   post #5 of 10
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Hi,

Got the tractor down late Saturday. Between Saturday evening and Sunday morning I got most of what I wanted to mow mowed down. Here's some pics, and yes, the grass did start out as high as it is behind the tractor...

mowed
mowed
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And no, I'm not going to mention anything about spending a half hour looking for two blades

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Old 06-04-2012, 11:16 AM   post #6 of 10
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what horse is your lil kubota? i assume you made multiple passes to cut that down? reason im askin is i got a 19h 1310 ford and have entertained a finish mower. really like the idea of a 72 if it will pull/operate it well enough.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:28 PM   post #7 of 10
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for the write up and pics. It looks like that combo does a great job!
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:49 AM   post #8 of 10
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Hi!

I am very happy mowing ocne a week with this set up. Granted, I've only got three mowings in with it at my main house. I was definitely pushing things pretty hard when I mowed the tall grass down south and I would NOT recommend doing it.

Billy Bob: my 'bota is rated at 13 HP at the PTO. I believe the engine is 19 HP. I did a bunch of reading before I decided I would look for a 72" deck. The PTO does spin up the blades, and the engine definitely notices it, a bit more smoke than normal and even more smoke when you get into some thicker/taller grass. Some of the stuff I was mowing Sunday morning when I made the second pass was almost too thick even in first gear. I wouldn't recommend mowing what I did mow with the deck, but it did it. If your Ford is a diesel and you keep your yard reasonably short, I think a 72" could work well for you. I'm looking forward to being able to head down south with the 'bota and mow around that house after a couple more mowings and not have to spend a whole lot of time cutting grass. I have other projects that require the tractor down there One big warning is weight! I think this deck weighs in over 600 pounds. With the loader, the front tires almost get airborne when I lift the deck with the 3-pt. The ONLY reason I lifted the deck was to adjust something, I never tried transporting the deck raised, always raised it with the tractor stationary. I won't do it! I have no ROPS, and even if I did I wouldn't want to try and see how strong it is!

I mowed my 1/2 acre yard last night, the second complete mowing with the 72". It does a REALLY nice job! This week I need to get the spindles apart and get them lubed up, I may touch up the blades with the grinder a bit too as I chewed through quite a few branches down south. I don't think that deer squat dulls blades too bad, does it?

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on the deer squat, if its been laying around, its like rocks!!!hahaha, naw, it shouldn't bother it, just make it smell if its fresh.

thanks for the good description on how it works on your bota. i got a bush hog given to me for the big stuff, just didn't know how mine might fair with a big finish mower. mine is rated at 16.5h on the pto on tractordata so in theory if i use it for say 6in and under, i should be good to go based on your description. yes, i got the 3cyl diesel. 19h. got a jd430 gt with a 60in deck but a extra foot will make things faster doing the neighbors yards.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:03 AM   post #10 of 10
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Hi!

Hope I helped out and thanks for the kind words! Last night I picked up a new 'bota hauler, I've never driven with a trailer this big, kind of interesting. I'm going to pick up an old Ford (601 I think) in WI tomorrow, should be a good test for her. I'm putting a post about that in the trailer section...

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