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#1 Jeff S

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 11:25 AM

Can anyone please tell me what size brush hog to use on a 404. Also, where to buy!
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#2 oleman


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Posted 10 April 2011 - 01:25 PM

I am not current on a 404.
I pull a 6' Deere model behind our 464 which is ~46 PTO hp. Generally the tractor is fine BUT we have a section of heavy wire grass that will really put a load on the D179 engine especially if we are mulching it.
3' Johnson grass is no problem.
I always run at 1800 RPM in 2 low to get a good cut. In 3 low the tractor is too fast and it will knock things down and not mow well. At PTO speed the tractor has plenty of power but the ground speed is too high for good cutting.
I want to go to a 7' mower because I do some pasture mowing that it would be fine for on the 464.
At the low end I was running a little 17 HP Yanmar and a 4-5' mower. It was fine for general pasture work. I never tried it on the wire grass.
The bottom line is it depends on what you are going to mow.

#3 ChrisNY


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Posted 10 April 2011 - 02:01 PM

5' would be a good average size, could probably run 6' ok, just depends what you are mowing, grass or brush. If buying used look at them real close as alot of them are pretty whipped.
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#4 JohnW


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Posted 10 April 2011 - 02:04 PM

Jeff, size really depends on what you will be cutting. In heavy grass, a 5' cutter will have you down in 1st gear a lot with a 404, but will be just fine in lighter conditions. 6' will be too much in all but light cutting. If it were me, I'd try to find a decent 5' cutter for it.

As for where, where you can get a good buy and you are comfortable buying from. As for what, you might try to find a Bush Hog Squealer. The SQ600 would be a 5'er. I have an SQ720 that I use behind my 574. It has held up well and cuts good. They are more expensive than Howse, King Kutter, etc., but are well built and have some nice features. I sure trust the BH gearboxes a lot more than the cheap ones.

For what its worth, the SQ720 can make a healthy 574 grunt hard in low 2nd in heavy fescue undergrowth.
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#5 Jeff S

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:30 PM

Thanks for the heads up guys!! Really appreciate it. I'm mostly going to be cutting down weeds and grass with it. Thinkin i might buy a finish mower to eventually and post hole digger and grader box and........lol thanks again!

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:48 PM

been farmin' long? :lol: :lol: :lol: :rolleyes:

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My Tractors: 1972 IH 1066, 1957 Farmall 350, 1950 Farmall H, Cub Cadet 100, Cub Cadet 682. Cub Cadet 149, 1951 Massey Harris 44, 350 V-8 conversion tractor.

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