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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:20 am    Post subject: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

How much finish mower can a 8N tractor
operate through thick grass?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote


how thick is thick? i run a five footer on my 2N, and heavy grass will load it down noticeably. if Ns had a live PTO, i wouldn't worry about it, but since they don't, i wouldn't go bigger than what i've got now.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Five foot in most conditions. Six foot if not too heavy and reduced ground speed acceptable.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:53 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I run a 6 footer behind my 2n, gotta keep it short, for thick and high I wouldn't run more than a 5 footer.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

8N's can do a 6 footer. I wouldn't go bigger.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ok, how about a flail mower then
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

5'

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I used a Woods RM 600 (6 foot) finish mower for years behind my 8N and in 3rd gear. I did sometimes go to second gear if I let grass get too tall.
I ran a 5' Ford brush hog sometimes as low as 1st gear. Weeds might get 4-5 feet tall and very thick. In this circumstance, a regular cleaning of debris in the radiator is improtant.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I ran a 6-foot side discharge mower behind a 2N for over twenty years. I even considered a 7-foot rear-discharge at one point.

With my 6-footer, if the grass got really high (near a foot), I would take half a bite even when mowing in first gear. I usually kept up better than that but an occasional rainy period would get me behind. I hear that the rear discharge mowers handle high grass better.

If I was buying a mower for an N, I'd get a 6-foot rear discharge. I had good luck with my King Kutter. It held up well with just a few belt and spindle replacements.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've tried w a 6' on my 2N and it's too much, another vote for 5
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

5 foot
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

6' is the way to go.
If the grass gets too high you can set the wheels so it will cut about 6" high.
So if you are out of town and miss a week cut it higher then let it dry for a couple of days, set it back down and mow again.
An N will run a 5' brush mower and a 6' finish mower well.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Agree with Dean. 5'
Flail mowers take horsepower.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I run a 6' with no problems. If running one off the the 3pt I would suggest four wheels instead of 2 wheels and limiter chains and the use of sway bars.


 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:04 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've been running a 6 foot side discharge King Kutter to mow my 9 acres for 19 years without any problems.

I've got to believe that any N series that won't run a 6 foot finish mower has something seriously wrong. In thick grass I can slip the belt of my mower looong before the tractor runs out of power.
 
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