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Old 06-30-2016, 02:24 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?


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Old Yesterday, 04:53 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 Yesterday, 12:54 PM
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I have used Kunz mowers. Very good mowers, will cut grass in standing water.

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Old Yesterday, 04:10 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 Yesterday, 04:49 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 Yesterday, 05:19 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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