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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:10 pm    Post subject: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a '64 Ford 2000 gasser and used around 15 gallons today to bush hog my 5 acre property. I was curious to see how much you guys typically use per acre. I know a lot of it is dependant on what gear your in, how tall the grass is, whether your running rich or lean, how efficient your routs are, etc etc.

Also give tips on how to conserve gas as well.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:44 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The tractor, when new, was rated at 2.9 Gallons per hour at rated horsepower. You don't mention your time on task, so it is difficult to estimate your
performance.
There are only three ideas I can offer to make mowing efficient. Keep the tractor tuned up and running at the correct fuel to air ratio at load.
Keep the baldes very sharp.
Set the front of the mower blade (in its path) 1/2 inch lower than the rear of the path. Do this at the mowing depth setting on a concrete pad to keep
it in the same position it would average in the field. This setting keeps the blade from cutting the stubble more than once, and reduces recutting of
the cut material. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:07 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Janicholson wrote:
(quoted from post at 17:44:10 06/12/1Cool The tractor, when new, was rated at 2.9 Gallons per hour at rated horsepower. You don't mention your time on task, so it is difficult to estimate your
performance.
There are only three ideas I can offer to make mowing efficient. Keep the tractor tuned up and running at the correct fuel to air ratio at load.
Keep the baldes very sharp.
Set the front of the mower blade (in its path) 1/2 inch lower than the rear of the path. Do this at the mowing depth setting on a concrete pad to keep
it in the same position it would average in the field. This setting keeps the blade from cutting the stubble more than once, and reduces recutting of
the cut material. Jim


Jim,
Thanks for the response. I probably spent 6 hours bush hogging. The grass was very high and I spent most of my time in 1st gear.

So, if I am correct from you post, 3 gallons an hour bush hogging is not out of the ordinary?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:17 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

How blue is the sky?

It depends upon many things. Most significantly, the cover conditions. Heavy grass pulls hard. Tall weeds mow easily.

To conserve fuel, keep both tractor and mower in good condition, mower properly adjusted such that it clears well and the blades sharp. Do not try to travel faster than the mower will clear well even if you have the HP.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mine is diesel. I can mow about 8 acres with less than four gallons. It's only a 13hp kubota though.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That's a lot of gas,my 28HP CA AC won't burn over 1 gal/hr with the 5ft Brush Hog behind it no matter what I'm cutting.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I?ve got a 706 Gasser with a 7 ft Rhino 3 point brush hog.
The answer is a LOT.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

BuckeyeFanInFL76 wrote:
(quoted from post at 17:10:26 06/12/1Cool
Also give tips on how to conserve gas as well.

If you're not in the tall grass, you're just joy riding!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I sometimes use my 30HP Kubota and sometimes my 901 Ford diesel. I would say that they both use around a gal/acre in fairly heavy going because the owners have me lime and fertilize.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ddg43 wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:39:17 06/12/1Cool
BuckeyeFanInFL76 wrote:
(quoted from post at 17:10:26 06/12/1Cool
Also give tips on how to conserve gas as well.

If you're not in the tall grass, you're just joy riding!


I make a lot of money joy riding LOL!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:08 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I do custom brush hogging/field mowing with an Allis Chalmers 175 Diesel, around 65 pto hp. It has a 20 gallon tank, and I rarely have to add fuel for a days work. I would say I average 1 1/2 gallons an hour cutting up to 3 acres an hour with a Bush Hog 3008 eight foot mower. Last year I bought a JD 6100D w/cab to use with the same mower, it used 3 times as much fuel for the same amount of work....I sold it Shocked
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wait. They lime and fertilize just to mow it?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:02 am    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just finished my early summer cut on
my place. I figure about 10 acres and
it takes me 12-15 gallons of gas with
my international 350 utility and 5'
cutter. There are aces I can run
second gear and places I have to run
first with the ta in low to get a good
job. The way this year is shaping up
weather wise I may have to cut 3 times
instead of 2. All together time wise I
think it took me about 6-7 hours. The
grass was high and thick but that's
how this first cut usually is.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:12 am    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That is quite a bit, in comparison to have run the same year in a 4000 for many years.
Even my 850 ford, LP powered, would cut the 7 acre field on one 30Lb propane tank, taking 4 hours, with just a little fuel to spare. My much newer ford/nh 4630 does a lot better, won't burn 5 gallons in the same field under the same conditions.

Keep the mower adjust correctly on the tractor, blades sharp or replaced,and try to get the mowing done when the plants are still young, soft to cut, makes a huge difference in how efficient they shred through the rotary cutter. That and keeping the tractor in good tune like was mentioned.


Cutting early also avoids running in dry chaff which is miserable if I wait too long to cut around here. I like to only cut the place once per year, but have already finished all the fields and small patches and paths already to avoid ever running in those conditions again. Chaff and fuzz clogging up the radiator screen. Chaff/dust in your eyes, won't ever wait that long again, or will skip it LOL !
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:48 am    Post subject: Re: How much gas do you use bush hogging? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-in-too-deep wrote:
(quoted from post at 21:09:06 06/12/1Cool Wait. They lime and fertilize just to mow it?


Yup, in to deep, they pay me to make it grow thicker and then to cut it. It may actually get to the point someday that I will make hay on those pieces.
 
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