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Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder


 
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Kenster
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:44 am    Post subject: Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm in the market for a replacement brushhog. The deck on mine is now shot, as is the drive. I'm hoping to find a decent used one for around $500 and my buddy down the road is going in for half. Neither of us need it more than maybe three times a year.

I ran across a five foot flail mower. The owner claims all the knives and the rotor and tabs are in great shape and he is throwing in extra knives, belts, clevis etc. He is selling because they sold the property and don't need it anymore.

I don't know anything about Flail Mowers. The owner claims the cut is very clean, like a finish mower and it doesn't throw out debris like a shredder would.

He's asking $600.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
Ken
 
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Jim in Ma.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:36 am    Post subject: Re: Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If the ground is level they work pretty good. You cannot cut with them when it's wet.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:38 am    Post subject: Re: Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Town just mowed the roadside a month ago with a flail mower. It does look good, but not quite as good as my yard does. I use a finish mower. On the other hand, I don't let the grass get a foot or more tall before I mow, so that probably has some affect on the appearance. Sounds like a good price.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:51 am    Post subject: Re: Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks like the Jims are on this one. My experience is that flail mower works fine on grass, broomstraw, etc. But if you have saplings growing up the flail mower will flail the bark off but leave them standing. The bush hog leaves the surface a bit rougher but handles a lot more trashy field jobs.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

flails require more maintenance$$ rthan rotary.. and cost more.. though if that one is in good condition.. that is a cheap price.

i buy and fix up used hogs from 0-200$ around here..

good luck..
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What are you using the bush hog for, grass or trash? Flail mower works very well on smooth land and grass, not so good for trees, corn stalks, thick trash. They leave a more manicured grass than a hog, but seem to require more maintenance and may be a little more expensive.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jim SC wrote:
(quoted from post at 18:45:41 11/15/12) What are you using the bush hog for, grass or trash? Flail mower works very well on smooth land and grass, not so good for trees, corn stalks, thick trash. They leave a more manicured grass than a hog, but seem to require more maintenance and may be a little more expensive.


Almost pure grass/ Bahai. No saplings or other brush.
Seven acre meadow pretty flat overall.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Flail mower vs Brush hog/Shredder Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Depends on the flail more you find. I bought a 7 footer off craigslist thats rated to 4" trees. Requires 40-80 hp tho....... I need more tractor


Couldnt pass it up for $200 tho.
 
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