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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:45 am    Post subject: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am looking for a bigger brush hog or even a flail mower for my newly rebuilt 1960 Ford 861. How big can I go to mow around this pond and say the waterways in your guys opinion? I plan on mowing it 2-4 times a year... Here is a pic of what I'm mowing nwo with my 2n and 5 footer.

Would a 8foot dual spindle brush hog be to much? How large of a flail? or rotary would you all recommend for that I'm mowing? I wanna go a big as possible to cut more of it....

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote

an 800 will tote a 6' hog easilly. not sure on flail mower sizes.

7' will be tooo heavy.. and 8' is just getting too big IMHO..
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I never had a flail mover but my understanding is that they take less
power per foot of cutting width than a rotary mower. Your 2N or
your 861 could easily power a 9' sickle bar mower, but it would just
lay the grass down rather than chopping it.
Zach
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:15 am    Post subject: Re: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Stay with a 6' rotary or a 7' sickle bar.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use a 6 foot bush-hog style on my 861,I wouldn't go any bigger as in my opinion it would be hard on the pto driveline.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:25 am    Post subject: Re: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Six foot is as much rotary cutter as I would use. But, assuming that trees and reeds like to grow right down to the water's edge in Mo. as well as they do in Pa., I think you'll want the sickle bar for one pass around the shore, and maybe for passing across nearby soft spots that you'd rather not risk getting stuck in.

Good luck.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree that a 7' is too much for that 134 cu. to be powering.
We use our 660 with a 7' 501 sickle bar mower to cut hay in
the summer. We travel across the field is 3rd gear about
1300rpm. I'm afraid that a 6' might be too heavy for the cat 1
lift, not that I don't doubt it won't pick it up, but the front end
might be light.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Rob Mo. wrote:
(quoted from post at 17:50:12 03/20/13) I agree that a 7' is too much for that 134 cu. to be powering.


The 801 series has a 172cu motor.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:52 am    Post subject: Re: 861 with fresh rebuild brush hog mower size Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Sounds like I'm gonna need to try to find a 6 footer and find a used sickle mower... I hadn't thougth of a sickle for the pond bank.. been using the stihl on the parts I wanna clean up..
 
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