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Posted: 8/24/2004 3:13:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/24/2004 4:22:19 PM EST by CAMPYBOB]
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I feel your pain Campy, mines half done and it is pouring down here. If I don't get it done soon I'll have to bail it.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 3:47:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/24/2004 3:48:20 PM EST by coltshorty14]
Time for a new Kubota...

I can mow grass on mine at about 20 mph.. What took 4 hours now takes 40 minutes..
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 3:49:18 PM EST
Ya need to get some cattle.
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[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 2:58:37 AM EST by CAMPYBOB]
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 4:18:12 PM EST
Sounds like a good item for bullet fest. I'll aim right for the yellow deere nameplate!
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 4:50:04 PM EST
Two hours at least every week..Hell it takes $8.00 to mow the damn thing..Winter's coming..Jeep you got yer duck hole ready???
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[Last Edit: 8/24/2004 5:34:20 PM EST by mattld]
Campy -

You'd be surprised how fast a herd of sheep (roughly 16-25) can cut down several acres of grass. You will never have to mow again.

Cattle and sheep would be best though as the cattle cut the grass down to about 2-3 inches and the sheep move in along behind and clean up the next 1-2 inches. Think of the cattle as the big John Deer tractor mowers and the sheep as your handheld grass shears.

If I remember correctly, about 5 years ago, when we started our sheep herd (Katahdin), it took them about 1-2 weeks to mow down about 20+ acres of farmland. They left the taller weeds but moved in along and between them to get the good stuff! Made our job quite a bit easier.

Link Posted: 8/24/2004 6:10:37 PM EST
Yeah, but the leave alot of land mines behind.
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[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 2:35:22 AM EST by gus]
I feel your pain, Bob! I've been keeping up with 2.5 acres using nothing more than a tiny little Craftsman 14hp with a 38" deck. It's all about dedication! Next year (maybe) I'll fork over some cash and buy a real mower. Not before I get either an UZI or an HK sear pack though.... Priorities, ya know......
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Originally Posted By CockedandLocked:
But I can shoot a 50 cal off my back porch



Me too....... but then the cops come back.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:42:26 AM EST
Campy, ever tried the Deere Commercial ZTR's?

Man, I thought my newest 52" walk-behind was a machine...Demo-ed a ZTR and even though I can't really justify one this year...I see one in my future! Fast, comfortable, and easy to operate. (did I mention fast?)
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:51:08 AM EST
Glad I have only 2 acres to deal with. We are on the side of a hill, so there is a slight incline plus the ground is very uneven. Glad I bought a Cub with shaft drive. 2206, 20 hp and 48" deck. Yeah they are owned by MTD and every one says they're crap but ours has been trouble-free, with hundreds of hours on it. All I do is run full synthetic lubes on it and change it when required. Which reminds me, I should clean the deck since I can't see it for the dead grass covering it!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:21:12 AM EST
I suggest campy get 1/2 million rabbits and 15 cases of 5.45x39. Not only quick grass cutting but fun to boot.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:05:47 AM EST
I'm not sure if I'm bragging or sulking here... I have 1500 square feet of lawn and just shy of a 1,000 square foot house.

My lawn takes me 15 minutes with a craftsman pusher and that's if I run over it twice to mulch instead of bagging. 25 minutes if I weed eat.

Course when I put a house on my 70 acres in the next year or two, I'll be needing some livestock to keep things leveled.

Sly
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Gang up a dozen or so reel type mowers, strapped up to the back of ye ol' S-10 and you could cut at 50mph...........IF the ol' girl is having a good day !


Then buy the mini-gun
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[Last Edit: 8/26/2004 2:19:32 AM EST by CAMPYBOB]
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 12:03:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By CAMPYBOB:
matt, those sheep are looking damn good!!




Ok, now you're scaring me Bob....
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[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 12:47:04 PM EST by TheRealSundance]



is durable proven performer can mow up to 14-1/2 acres per hour and trim less than an 18 degree circle around trees. The three independent rear discharge cutting units quickly raise or lower on the fly.
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Originally Posted By TheRealSundance:
www.toro.com/grounds/images/cm_gm_580_cab_l_lg.jpg
www.toro.com/grounds/images/cm_gm_580_cab2_s_lg.jpg

is durable proven performer can mow up to 14-1/2 acres per hour and trim less than an 18 degree circle around trees. The three independent rear discharge cutting units quickly raise or lower on the fly.


Dare I ask how much?
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It poured again here today, AAAARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
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[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 5:02:48 PM EST by TheRealSundance]



He got this one then.
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[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 5:09:57 PM EST by TheRealSundance]
Hills, Campy? I got your hills covered!





Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:26:19 PM EST
Here are a couple other choices for you.





Hey, the come with cup holders. Eh, I mean beer holders. A/c and a sound system.
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[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 8:26:00 PM EST by Adena65]
Gawd-damn! I've been mowing commercial properties for longer than I care to admit and those machines are freakin' INSANE!! Have mercy! I feel like an idiot working on 2 and 3 man crews with stuff between 36" and 72" (5-6 man crews on the biggest of industrial parks).

Here I am now trying to scratch out a living on over-fertilized, over-watered residential properties in the 2-3 acre range and you all show me mowers that would could mow the whole freakin' development in a couple hours time. Argh! Damn you! Damn you all!

Hmm, time to write up a new business plan to take to the banker-man...

(air conditioning and stereo...ARGH!)
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:48:15 PM EST
Look on ebay if you want to find a used commercial lawn mower.........


Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:23:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By MickeyMouse:
Bob, I looked at a 60"ZTR, 20 HP Kubota Diesel this spring. Seller tried to up the price and I told him to take a hike. However, even at the rip-off price of $5500 it was a good deal.

Buy used, save mucho cash!

My OLD (60's) Cub Low Boy 60" does pretty good, just needs an engine OH. Cost me about 5-600 for parts and machine shop service. Hate to spend that on 40 YO $2000 tractor but I may have to. Thing just keeps plugging along.....



Gotta admit MM, a 60" ZTR Kubota, 20 hp diesel is a good price at $5500. I'm assuming used, and even though I've had great experience with Kawasaki, Kohler, and Honda engines, a commercial quality mower with a diesel is the way to go. Like Campy said : "Sticker shock turned into sticker trauma!" Too true. Why I stayed low scale and bought a 17hp V-twin Kaw Cub Cadet Commercial walker. $2500 cash out the door and I can mow darn near anything with it, medium small to large. My 1 to 1.5 acre resi's are the best money maker I've got going. By the time a ZTR guy unloads, I'm half done. I don't do "quanity mowing" much anymore, I sell on a high grade res level with all the trim and b.s.. There are worse ways to earn a living. I call my own hours, sub stuff out, and sell designs/installs from time to time. I don't really mind the walking, it's kinda like a daily dose of abuse. Once you're accomstomed to the torture it's just another day, but like I said, I see a ZTR in my future. Far better than a walk-behind, more comfortable and efficient than a tractor and fast!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:09:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By LHD:
I suggest campy get 1/2 million rabbits and 15 cases of 5.45x39. Not only quick grass cutting but fun to boot.



Problem is that rabbits are like tribbles...

1/2 million quickly becomes 4 million...

That's alot of shooting...

'CampyBob's Bunny Ranch' vs 'Bulletfest'... Hmm...

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I've been recommended a Dixon ZTR, but I guess the dork factor has kept me from buying one. My tractor i sjust too big, but my little riders just take too long. I think I need some illegal 'groundskeepers' like the horsemen around me have

I keep thinking the rain will stop, but until then, I feel your pain.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 5:54:21 AM EST
Here you go Campy. Keep that yard looking like a fairway.

cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=2487929052&category=50073
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 8:56:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dave_A:

Originally Posted By LHD:
I suggest campy get 1/2 million rabbits and 15 cases of 5.45x39. Not only quick grass cutting but fun to boot.



Problem is that rabbits are like tribbles...

1/2 million quickly becomes 4 million...

That's alot of shooting...

'CampyBob's Bunny Ranch' vs 'Bulletfest'... Hmm...




The 15 cases of 5.45 should make a dent in that 4 million..... for a while at least.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 10:14:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/26/2004 10:15:08 AM EST by JMO]
15 acres at home with a kubota B6200 and bush hog. takes most of a day with field grass.

they have 3 or 4 of the Toros at work. heard they cost $40,000ea.. i do see them broken a lot at the groundskeeper's shop (understand it's the hydraulics that break) the grass cutting contract here is $3million/year so they keep a hyd. guy on the payroll.
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