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Hello, I got a Massey 165, 53 Hp. Could anyone tell me how big of a bushhog can I operate with this tractor? The guy that does my field now uses a 15 foot woods batwing on a kabota 46 HP. I've heard a 15 foot will work with my massey. But I've heard from others it's too big. Any thoughts? Thanks.
 
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a lot depends on what you have growing on your field annd what do you plan to mow with it? ;)
 

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I agree with Caseman, If you're clipping pastures, or keeping a field mowed regularly a 15' might work o.k.
If you're only mowing once or twice a season when it gets overgrown, I wouldn't go bigger than an 8' with a 50ish h.p. tractor.
 

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I'm told it will pull it anywhere. It's the PTO shaft I need to be concerned about. I just bush hoged the hole place (40 acres, well over grown) with my 5 footer. Was planning on maintaning it now. Grow to 15" and mow again. I need to get rid of the weeds, than find some one who wants free hay. Any body ever try to take off a wing and use it like a 10 foot cutter?
 

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Caseman is right, and how close you cut it. I would think only a 6 ft. 3pt. bush hog due to the weight. I have a 7 foot 3pt. on my 2510, it has the power but makes the front end light. The cost of a bat wing bush hog deals me out :) :) :) :) :) mike
 

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As said above it depends on what your going to cut and how level the ground. If your clipping weeds where cattle run probably could but if your in knee high thick fescue a five or six foot will pull hard. Another thing to consider is the weight of the bush hog if you have any steep hills to go up the front end can get light quick. The heavy duty models weigh a lot more and you can bend a drawbar pretty easy. I have a 7ft woods I use on a 55hp tractor with 300 lbs on the front and it handles it good would like to find a 10 ft for it but any larger and I would be afraid of breaking parts.
 

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Had 4 foot grass and weeds to cut. Bush hoged it all down with my 5 foot cutter, now all I want to do is maintain it, mostly flat. I agree with bikerdave, my 53 hp massey should do what a 46 hp kubota can do.
 

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Had 4 foot grass and weeds to cut. Bush hoged it all down with my 5 foot cutter, now all I want to do is maintain it, mostly flat. I agree with bikerdave, my 53 hp massey should do what a 46 hp kubota can do.
one more thing to think about is the cluthe they have a pretty light pressure plate in them i have a 2 stage small fan 6ft 6 in snowblower and have to be careful not to burn cluthe if you plan on loading up pto with a big mower in heavy going i dont think you will like end result if you ever have to do cluthe you can get pressure plates now with heavy duty springs
 

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It should do any thing a 80HP Jd will do.
With that said I would just get a 14 to 18 foot hay bine rather than a brush hog if all you were cutting was grass. Easier to clean the graqss upafterwards too.

:D Al
 
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