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AL (IN)    Posted 03-18-2018 at 07:01:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Hi everyone,
    I am thinking of getting a finish mower for my 49 8N. I wanted to know if it will pull a 6 ft. mower or should I go with the 5 ft. ? Right now I have been using a 5 ft. brush hog for years. Now the weeds are turning to all grass, time for a finish mower, I think. Thanks for any help.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 03-20-2018 at 03:36:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • You might also want to consider getting one with 4 gauge wheels instead of two wheels and then having to use limiter chains.

    Rustyal    Posted 03-19-2018 at 08:48:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Five foot rear discharge.

    AL (IN)    Posted 03-19-2018 at 15:47:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks everyone, for the input.
    I think I will go with the 5ft. , as I will not be mowing every week.
    I'm going to wait till Rural King has the next 10% off rebate & then buy a new one.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-19-2018 at 17:16:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • One important factor to consider when buying anything is service and parts availability. Check with the place you are buying it from and ask first. Some places don't service what they sell. The area you plan on mowing also factors in. You want to take as large of swath as possible to minimize amount of paths, saving fuel consumption.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Farmer Brown    Posted 03-19-2018 at 05:27:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I would go with the five footer. It will take a little longer but your 8N will handle taller grass better with the five. When you lift a six, it won't take much for the front wheels to come off the ground.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-19-2018 at 04:39:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Either will work fine. I used a WOODS Model 660 Mower for years on ten acres with no problems whatsoever. I also recommend to add stabilizer bars when using a brush hog, mower, or back blade for greater stability. The stab-bars will help prevent scalloping the grass on turns.

    1948 FORD 8N & WOODS 660 MOWER:

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 03-18-2018 at 10:36:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I mow a few acres a week a six foot finish mower behind my 9n without a problem

    dave#1    Posted 03-18-2018 at 08:20:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hey Al,
    I've mowed our 5 acres with our 8n with 2 different 6' mowers for the last 25 or so years with no problems. I mow in 3rd gear most of the time, As said just make sure you don't let the grass get out of hand.

    Dean    Posted 03-18-2018 at 07:58:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If your 8N is in good condition and you plan to mow often enough to keep the grass under control, you should be OK with a 6' finish mower, though you man sometimes be power limited making the first round.

    If you have a Sherman combination transmission, you should never have any difficulty with a 6' finish mower.

    Dean

    Ozlander    Posted 03-18-2018 at 19:00:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Why would a Sherman change anything when mowing.

    Dean    Posted 03-18-2018 at 22:12:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • UD the PTO and increase the engine RPM=MUCH more torque at the PTO.

    Dean

    Ozlander    Posted 03-20-2018 at 20:39:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You also increase tractor speed, so you don't gain anything.

    Dean    Posted 03-20-2018 at 22:40:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Not true.

    Tractor speed is reduced in Sherman UD proportional to reduction in PTO speed.

    I've both 51 and 52 8Ns with Sherman combination transmissions, both are almost always in UD. I can mow MUCH heavier cover in UD than in direct.

    Been doing it for going on 50 years now.

    Dean

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 03-21-2018 at 16:53:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Dean is exactly right. The Sherman Combo brochure even has a chart that shows a ground speed of 3.56 MPH, and PTO at 545 RPM, when running in straight-drive 2nd gear at 1500 RPM. The chart shows the exact same ground speed and PTO RPM when running in Step-Down 2nd gear with the engine at Full-Throttle. That equals getting something like 37% more horsepower from the same tractor while running at the same ground speed.

    Another option on the chart for really heavy mowing would be Step-Down First gear at Full Throttle for a ground speed of 2.77 MPH and the PTO still doing 545 RPM.

    Of course both of these will be burning a lot more fuel. The Sherman brochure suggests using overdrive gears and reduced engine RPM for mowing when the work does not require as much horsepower. That is what I do to basically putt putt around on wooded trails with the cutter still doing 540 RPM.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 03-19-2018 at 10:50:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You can also overdrive the PTO and run lower engine revs to use less gas when doing things that don't require as much power (like chopping leaves).

    Ken N Tx    Posted 03-18-2018 at 07:04:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I pull a 5 foot finish with my 2N, works great as long as I feel it short..

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