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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:51 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think you have a very good combo
there.
I bought that same KK mower new.
Ran it behind an N for a few years then
a 2000 then a 3000.
It was a great machine.
The float type hitch they have is the
best in the biz.
I had to replace the bearings in the
spindles a couple of times and first
time went with the same greaseable type
as were in them oem. When I had to
replace them again I went to a sealed
type bearing and never had to touch them
again. Sealed bearings were more $ but
definately worth it.
Then I found a 6' Case IH FM and sold
the KK. Big mistake. The CIH was a poor
replacement for the KK. So I sold the
CIH and bought a used 7' KK.
Another mistake.
A 7' will scalp on even the smallest
mound - far more than you'd expect from
a mower just 1' wider.
I still have the 7' KK but am in the
market for a 6'. I would definately like
to find another 6' KK.
The one thing I like about the 7' is
they use a double belt. I have more HP
now and can use the heavier belt.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:56 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have run the same 6' behind my 2N and my 8N's for over 25 years now. It is a bucket of rust but I just welded it up to get at least another year or two out of it. None of my N's has had a problem with it and that is using it in fast growing and very tough Argentine Bahia grass here in FL. Read UD's post, I fully agree. Once soil temps get over 80+ degrees the grass grows rapidly and cutting it every 5-7 days is a must but even if it goes longer it can be cut at 1/2 width. A 6' mower also extends beyond the wheels so you may cut closer to fences, buildings etc. Finish mowers are for lawn usage, if you are cutting foot tall grass get a rotary cutter.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think KK makes an HD 6-footer that has a double belt.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

SteveB(OH) wrote:
(quoted from post at 04:04:53 04/18/19) 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.


Exactly, I have used this 6' King Kutter since 1994 and it does a very good job. If you use a finish mower for their intended use 6 foot won't bog down. They're not for bush hogging.



 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:21 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a line on a rear discharge 7' land pride, and I'm gonna try out a 6' side discharge this weekend. That 7' looks so nice, but I'd doubt that my 8 can handle it
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:27 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have used a 6 foot flail mower behind our 9N for over 30 years never a problem and does a nice job,
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:29 am    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No chance on the 7' except in ABSOLUTELY IDEAL conditions.

OK for 6' in most conditions if reduced ground speed and/or partial cut is acceptable.

Good to go with 5' in just about all finish mowing conditions.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Finish mower size for a 8n Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have used a 72" King Kutter for 10 years now. My 8N works just fine with it. It is designed to be used with a 25 horse machine so there is no walking-a-ragged-edge with this combination. I will say this though. A person must keep up with the mowing and if they are getting a lot of rain it can be tough to keep up. Then a person may have trouble bogging down the mower deck with too tall grass, rubbing their belt too much on the drive pulley. If the grass gets too tall then it may take a few cuttings to get it back under control. There are deck adjustments but they are minimal. A person can drop down a gear to mow slower. Mow half a swath.
I think you have a good system there. As long as you are willing to do the preventative maintenance to the deck and the machine you can cut a lot of grass with good results.
 
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