power requirements - 6' finish mower

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by .netDude, May 5, 2005.

  1. .netDude

    .netDude Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    455
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2004
    Location:
    Western NY
    A guy down the road from me has a KingKutter 6' 3pt finish mower for sale. Don't know if my compact will handle it...I have a Suzue, 15hp Mitsubishi engine, 4wheel drive, 600 hours.
    Any opinions on if it'll pull the mower?
     
  2. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

    Messages:
    7,102
    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Location:
    In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
    My 19 horse Kubota has trouble running a 5 footer in anything more than lawn grass.
     

  3. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,481
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2005
    Location:
    Florida
    A 15hp is way too small for a 6 footer. My dad has an 18hp Kubota that he pulls a 5 footer with and heavy grass will just about stall the tractor out.

    The gearbox rating has a lot to do with the size tractor you need to pull the mower. Most 6 footers are rated for 35-40hp.
     
  4. mtman

    mtman Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,260
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2004
    Location:
    AR
    dw's brother used his 17 hp kubota pulled a 5foot bushog didnt have any trouble in high grass
     
  5. .netDude

    .netDude Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    455
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2004
    Location:
    Western NY
    Thanks, guess I'll pass. Too bad tho, good price, If I had $, I'd buy it for when I get a bigger tractor.
     
  6. farminghandyman

    farminghandyman Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    2,396
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Location:
    Colorado
    if he is just down the road ask to try it and see what your tractor will do, with it, (i think your a little under powered) but a finshing mower is more like a mower deck on a lawn tractor, and is probly a three blade unit, where a bush hog would only have one large blade so to speak,

    you my be slow but it might work if your not trying to do 3' tall weeds, but then you dont have to cut the entire width of the mower deck either,

    I would asl to try it out and if your tractor will handle it go for it,
     
  7. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

    Messages:
    10,854
    Joined:
    May 22, 2003
    Location:
    Zone 7
    If you try the machine make certain the blades are sharp. Sharp blades will reduce the HP requyirements. Does you tractor have a built in overrunning clutch so that when you slow down the implement does not drive the tractor with it momentum? Some tractors can be pushed by the PTO driven implement and if yours is that type you could end up in a ditch or worse without an add on clutch. Be safe.
     
  8. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,481
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2005
    Location:
    Florida
    Also, guys, remember it's not just about the engine turning the blades, but also the weight on the lift. I still think 15hp is way too small a tractor for that mower.