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  •  You said you had three yards and a pasture to mow? (7+ / 0-)

    Do you have to transport the mower or are they close enough together to just drive to the next one?

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 04:28:24 AM PDT

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    •  they are side by side (7+ / 0-)

      at this point I figured i may be better off buying a belly mower for my MF 135 and then either a bush hog or estate mower to go behind.  Any idea on estate mower or bush hog as go behind if I can find a belly mower?

      •  Just buy a good one, they take a beating and the (5+ / 0-)

        budget ones rattle themselves apart.  We have used both.  The belly mower with hydraulics may be easier to move from lawn to lawn, but if the pasture gets too dense, the brush hog would be better able to handle that. Buying and installing a (60" ?) deck on the MF is a good move budget wise if your tractor will last a while longer.

        Powerful front mount mowers like this one cover a lot of ground, and handle the dips, curves and the fences and trees and are easier to drive.
        They cost like a small car however!  If there is a dealer in your area, they will allow you to test this equipment.

        If you do the main mowing with the belly mower, then you might want something smaller for going around the things in the yards.

        If the concern is "easy to drive" the various grasshopper models can't be beat, and are durable and comfortable.  

        We also have a line of subcompact tractors that include power steering and other features to make them easier to drive.  

        Both the out-front and the subcompact take accessories for gardening, landscaping and snow/leaf removal.

        Why do you think you should change from what you are doing now?

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

        by weck on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 05:08:09 AM PDT

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        •  I had been relying on the cows and horses to (6+ / 0-)

          tend the lawn but that does not seem an option now.

          I am thinking about an estate mower to go behind the tractor may be my best bet; I will have to go and look at the different models to make a decision.  However with 6 tractors, it would seem foolish to buy another one at this point in the game.

          Wish I could find a quality utility ATV with a PTO but such a thing is not known and after market PTOs cost more than the ATV  

          •  Now I remember, chasing the animals. (3+ / 0-)
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            There are very good pull behinds, just check with you MF people about how much the tractor can pull and how using the pto on a pull behind deck will impact the motor life, and consider your terrain.  The pull behind with its own motor can be used by more than one tractor over its lifetime, and with sharp blades, will give all your grass a good look.

            It can be hard to find someone who can service reel type mowers, especially getting the big ones sharpened.  Check to see if the local golf courses can recommend someone if you go in that direction.

            If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

            by weck on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 06:01:46 AM PDT

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