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For my property, with a number of slopes and tight places, I'm guessing a walk-behind brush hog would be best but wanted to ask....

I've done some searching and wanted to know if such a beast exists - Cat. 0, 3-pt. brush hog driven by its own engine?

My tractor does not have a rear PTO, so a traditional 3-pt. brush hog won't work. There are a number of "pull behind" brush hogs (for ATVs, UTVs, etc.) that have a dedicated engine but it is like pulling a trailer - great for driving straight ahead, bit of a pain backing up. Many spots I would have to back into so being hard mounted to the tractor would be more convenient for maneuvering. I'm taking stock of the 5 acres I bought and there is a lot of poison ivy, grape vines, buckthorn, raspberries, and general brush that needs to be removed (buckthorn) or just brought under control.

I'm an "army of 1" with limited time each week so I'm considering my best, most efficient approach.

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It could be possible to take a 4ft brush hog and remove the gearbox and replace it with a hydraulic motor. Depending on what the gpm requirements would be for a motor that's powerful enough. I have seen some hydraulic powered rotary cutters (for skid steers, for example - no PTO) but I also know that skid steers are designed with large capacity hydraulic systems, so I don't know if a small tractor with remote hydraulics would have enough power to run a 4 ft cutter blade. If 4 or 5 gpm were enough, then it might be a good solution - as long as you can find a brush hog with a blown gearbox, the cost shouldn't be too bad on that side. Cost of a hydraulic motor? IDK.

Scott in Brighton NY
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