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Old 06-30-2016, 03:24 PM
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Anyone have any experience with trail mowers?

We may soon be owners of a couple of acres of water front property that we are buying to sit on for now, in hopes we will build on it in the future. Contemplating what is the best way to keep the grass/weeds down until we decide to build. Trying to avoid the cost and storage related to getting a larger zero turn. We may go that route once we get the property developed, but for now we have an ATV to pull one of these.

Looking at a couple different versions of these and wondered if anyone here has any experience and thoughts?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H1QXCC4...7310638&sr=8-2

http://www.drpower.com/power-equipme...FQ6GaQodocsF5w
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Old 07-01-2016, 05:53 AM
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I had a finish cut mower to cut my 2.5 acres prior to building ... If the grass was high it simply would not work ... It would just burn through the belt. I hear the rough cut/bush hog style will work though

All depends on how thick the grass is ... Mine was an old farm field
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Old 07-01-2016, 01:54 PM
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I have used Kunz mowers. Very good mowers, will cut grass in standing water.

http://www.kunzeng.com/
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Old 07-01-2016, 05:10 PM
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I bought a Swisher Trail Cutter. It's more of a bush hog than a "mower."

Switch the belts to Kevlar rather than the stock rubber and it won't burn up.

Works well for keeping my wooded underbrush knocked back.

They're simple and functional. The ATV is more fun than a tractor.
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Old 07-01-2016, 05:49 PM
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Co worker uses one like that. Hooks it to his 60" mower and offsets it. Mows 10' of grass at once.
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Old 07-01-2016, 06:19 PM
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Worked on a few DR machines - They seem have a massive amount of vibration and tend to loosen up places where they can be adjusted. Most users set the adjustments and then zip tie with giant handcuff style zip ties. The Swishers are like what johnlanguab mentioned - They eat belts like crazy and the Kevlar belt will help. They made one with a 20 HP motor, I think it was a 66" cut and had flail arms instead of traditional blades; pretty tough little machine. Just remember to check all the fasteners each time you mow.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:03 PM
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I've been mowing 5ac 8 months a year for the last 5 years with a Swisher 60" finish cut mower behind an atv. Cut quality is not like a high dollar mower but it's held up well. Gets beat on pretty good. Rocks, roots, blackberries and stumps and hundreds of mole mounds. Half the lot gets mowed about once a month, only does as good as a brush hog in tall deep grass and I beat the blades up pretty quick. Decent cut when blades are sharp.
No issues at all except a belt and couple parts rattled loose over the years.
Best $1000 I spent on a used mower. Takes just over an hour to mow the "yard" about 2 ac. 2 hrs to mow the "field" but tall grass and lots of trees to go around.
Good economical option. Waiting to kill it to get a real commercial zero turn though it may be a while.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:08 PM
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On the flip side I have an old 25 years? Exmark 36" walk behind that I bought used for trimming everything I can't get w the pull behind. It cuts better and is much better quality mower so you get what u pay for.
Couple acres is easy walk behind mowing if you find a deal on one of those too.
Plus you can do double duty with a commercial walk behind. Throw the bagged on and it mows the front yard in like 10 min (takes 45min with a 20" mower) or raise it up and plow through a hay field or brush.
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