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Old 07-17-2018, 02:31 PM   #1
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Dynamax Mower Advice

I only put Dynamax on there to make it relevant to this site.

Someone on here, I thought owned a landscaping business??? can't remember who.

Anyway, after moving, I find myself in need of a mower. Dealing with 14 acres, but only 2 acres are cleared. Just over one acre being finished lawn. Having said that, I have a 200ft driveway I need to mow on either side AND the first 36" or so around the cul-de-sac we live on. Most of it is fairly flat...but might be a little bank around the drive and road.

My initial though was a zero turn dedicated mower. Then I thought I might want to clear some trails, so tractor...but it might be a waste for a tractor in that I don't have the space to store it yet and I might only clear trails, once every few years and I can rent for that purpose.

Right now, I have just looked at a John Deer 540R...the only downside being, in the fall, the largest bagger I can put on there is 6 bushel.

Anyway, just looking for some advice/suggestions.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:14 PM   #2
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We have a Kubota BX23 that gets split amongst 3 family households that live fairly close to one another. There is a mow deck attachment but we do not own it. We have the loader and backhoe attachments. So, I can’t address your specific question(s) about mowing, I CAN say that “Kubby” has been ULTRA reliable ULTRA easy to service. I have never owned/operated a Deere or anything else in this size or price point, so it’s hard for me to compare, but BX23 has been virtually flawless for many years now.

https://www.kubotausa.com/docs/defau...rsn=c4a4e85b_8

Bringing this back around to Dynamax relevance, we just picked up our Isata 5 from Longhorn RV in Mineola TX and they are also a Spartan Mower dealer. Now, I live in the Rocky Mountains and mowers don’t exactly do me any good, so I don’t pay much attention. However, I’m a curious soul and like to ask questions. That means that when I am in an RV Dealership and I see mowers, my curiosity spikes pretty hard. Much to my wife’s dismay, I asked a lot of questions and they were VERY happy to talk to me about these mowers. They claim that they simply put all others to shame. Anyway, rumor has it that you know “Coop” at Longhorn pretty well, so it might be worth a call to him.

https://www.longhornpowersports.com/...t=lawn%20mower
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:36 PM   #3
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I know those guys and those mowers....but Its not a wide open field and I don't see my mowing my lawn at 65mph lol. Those are some pretty wicked mowers.

And while its not about the money...it is somewhat about the money.

As I look at tractors, I see new ones start in the $13k range plus attachments. If I used it, I could justify that cost. But if I only ever use it to mow, then for half the price, I can have a really nice mower that is a decent amount faster. Therein lies the dilemma. I don't want a Ferrari to use as a golf cart, nor a back hoe to dig 3 post holes.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:49 PM   #4
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I can vouch for John Deere. I have a 314 from the early 80's I use on my small farm that just won't quit. I tow one of these behind it in the early spring when the grass is really thick and heavy, and again in the fall for leaf pickup.

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My friend has this: https://www.dixiechopper.com/

I hope when my 48" zero turn Toro grows up it will turn into a Dixie Chopper.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:55 PM   #6
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And its a larger grass catcher that makes me lean tractor over zero turn. But then I need to store a garden tractor and the catcher.
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:09 PM   #7
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I have the 1025R John Deere Tractor with a 60 inch deck. My only regret is that I did not get it a few years sooner.

Having said that the 60 inch deck does not have the center roller an can scalp places in the yard if not level (the yard), the salesman told me to go with the bigger deck as the 54 inch is at the same line as the wheels. But the drive over deck is nice but as mentioned you loose the center deck roller the other mowers have.

I have the loader option but it is an expensive wheel barrow Makes taking my fifth wheel hitch in and out easy though.

You can get a catcher but big $$


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We use our tractor primarily for snow clearing. We have 6000 sq ft to clear and even though we're in SoCal we can get nasty Pacific storms that can dump 2' overnight. One storm about 3 years ago dumped 3' in one storm. https://mahindrausa.com/tractors/150...s/1526-4wd-hst
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We have a zero turn John Deere. Nothing like a Deere
This is used to mow our 25,000 sq ft lawn.

I have an old Ford 58 Jubilee with a brush deck to do the rough areas around the ranch.

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Old 07-17-2018, 04:41 PM   #10
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The 540R is more of a residential mower. It will not last a fraction of the time a commercial zero-turn will. If you want a Deere, something like a 930M is what you'll be glad you did years from now. Yes, commercial ztr's are expensive but this is a huge example of "you get what you pay for". I've told people many, many times, if your budget is limited to homeowner prices, buy a good used commercial mower with 500 hours and it will still far outlast a homeowner machine.

The BX Kubota tractors are really good tractors. You can do a lot with them, include mow with either a belly mower or a finishing mower. Other manufacturers are making similar machines these days. I would strongly look at some lesser known brands such as Kioti, TYM, and LS. Fantastic tractors without paying for the name.
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