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I have an IH 784 which I am told is about 60 HP.

I think the 6 ft. mower is the usual choice, but would a 5 ft. give me problems. I'm considering using it in tight spaces as opposed to open pasture.

Thanks for the great forum.
 

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Let me be the first to say welcome to the forum. I'm sure someone wil be along that can give you advice regarding your question. We like seeing pics too so if you got 'em please post and visit often! :greendr:
 

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Welcome to the forum! :Welcome1: Good advice above! :)
 

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A 60hp tractor won't even know a 5 ft is back there. My 850 (40+ hp) Ford with a 6ft won't even work the governor unless I happen to hit one of the super STEEP parts of the yard just right.

If it were me I would get one the same width as the tractor although I could trim best of all with the 6ft mower behind my 8N where I could see the corners of the mower.
 

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Thanks to all. I guess I ought to go with the wider mower.

I'm looking around the area at used mowers, right now.
 

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Actually...

My only concern with using a smaller mower (like that 5') behind a bigger tractor is... that in many cases the gearbox on those smaller mowers is only rated to about 45HP. Now... that doesn't mean that you're going to "spin" the gears, but... you may want to be a bit more diligent with checking your mowing area for foreign objects, logs, stumps, etc that can damage the mower.

However... with a tractor that size... a 7' mower would be fine... even an 8' if you're not cutting real heavy stuff.
 

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One of the things to remember is, your 60 hp tractor will pull just about any mower out there, 6', 7', 8'. If your cutting tall hay size material, you'll run in a lower gear, if your cutting pasture grass and weeds, then step it up a gear or two. My son mows his airplane runway on his farm with a 15 foot bat wing. What's he pulling it with, a 50hp John Deere. He pulls it in 3rd gear. But, it's only 6" grass.
 

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One of the things to remember is, your 60 hp tractor will pull just about any mower out there, 6', 7', 8'. If your cutting tall hay size material, you'll run in a lower gear, if your cutting pasture grass and weeds, then step it up a gear or two. My son mows his airplane runway on his farm with a 15 foot bat wing. What's he pulling it with, a 50hp John Deere. He pulls it in 3rd gear. But, it's only 6" grass.

I lied! I was corrected. He pulls it in second gear. The runway being 50 foot wide, it takes only three passes though.
 

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I picked up a six foot mower, and from what I can see it's going to be fine for my needs. Thanks to all for the help.
 

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Glad you finally found one for your needs, :wwp:
 
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