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    Best mower for a grass strip

    Hi EAA'ers

    Seeking some advice on the best mower for maintaining 5 acres of grass runway?

    Any advice appreciated.

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    FlyingRon's Avatar
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    We use a zero turn mower with an extra "sidecar" mower deck. Takes about 2 1/2 hours to do our 3000x75 runway (and the extra stuff on the outside of the runway lights).

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    I have a Woods P990 pull behind finish mower that cuts pretty nice. They also make it with a 3 point hitch. The belts slip if the grass gets too high & wet in the spring, but cutting a runway regularly that wouldn't be a problem.

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    Ganged reel mower. Won't leave any grass blades lying in windrows on the surface as it grinds the grass to pulp.

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    Thanks Guys

    anyone have any experience with a Kohler powered Kubota?

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    We have one out at the farm. It's been a godsend! A touch loud (hearing protection is a MUST), but reliable and powerful.

    One note: I highly HIGHLY recommend springing for the suspension seat. One day of mowing a few weeks ago laid my back up pretty bad due to getting jostled around so much.

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    My dad has a diesel Kubota, it ran great until the hydrostat started leaking a few weeks ago. His one complaint is no suspension, it beats him to death, but he uses it on the farm which has rough ground.

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    I've had good luck with the Kohler M-series engines. Can't comment on Kubota.

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    I've got a 60" X-Mark Lazer with a 25 hp Kohler (new in 1996), it's a great machine and a new Kubota diesel 60" zero turn. I can tell you the Kubota drinks the diesel, I should've known this when I bought it. I have 4 other diesel Kubota machines.

    The Lazer mows a lot prettier than the Kubota.

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