Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

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Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby AlexB » Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:56 pm

Apologies for the basic questions

I am considering buying a smallish flail mower for the (super) Dexta

What size would be a comfortable fit please?

Would a 6 foot cut be too big ?

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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby fenhayman » Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:44 am

The limiting factor might be the weight, Too heavy to lift or front wheels in the air!
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby AlexB » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:12 pm

There will be others as well, HP, for example.
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby MikesDexta » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:41 pm

My 1959 Dexta handles a (non flail) 5ft Fleming Topper very well, it weighs 246 kg and lifts it easily. Hope this helps

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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby AlexB » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:16 pm

Thanks Mike
It definitely does !
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby mathias1 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:34 pm

Alex,

As long as it has cat 1 links it will be ok I guess.
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby agroman » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:45 pm

I think 6 foot on a flail mower might be asking a bit much of the engine depending on the height of grass you are trying to cut. Mine will run a 6 foot Tarup drum mower just about in hay crops, but a flail will take more power.
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby oor wullie » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:41 pm

I run a 1.25m flail mower on my Dexta. No problem at all with weight or when mowing grass.

When mowing really, really thick rushes then it has occasionally struggled for power.
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby AlexB » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:14 pm

Thanks Wullie
That will be my main task for it - rushes. I anticipate that once done, it should be easier to keep on top of them with regular mowing

Trying to convince myself that a 1.45 might be better than the 1.25 though
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby Old Hywel » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:52 pm

You only need to use full width of mower the first time round the field. After that take a narrower swath if the tractor’s struggling.
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby MikesDexta » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:19 am

or a shorter, full-width cut and do 2 passes - would that work?
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Re: Silly quesetion #4 - how big a mower ?

Postby oor wullie » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:12 pm

Actually I just checked mine and see it is 1.45m, I must have been thinking of something else when I thought it was 1.25.

I also noticed that you have a Super Dexta, mine is a standard Dexta so I have a few hp less than you.

I don't think you will have any problem at all with a 1.45m flail mower.
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