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#6738068 - 04/17/17 11:30 PM Mowing your hunting area? Other options?
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I am having my areas brush hog right before season. Is there any drags that help knock down weed until then that I can make or buy to pull behind my side x side.

Also anyone ever use the atv harrows? Like this one
http://www.drpower.com/power-equipment/a...disc-harrow.axd

Worth the money?
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#6738073 - 04/18/17 12:20 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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Depending on what you are paying to have your fields cut, your money might pay for a tow behind atv/ side by side that is self contained like this one.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200675190_200675190
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#6738089 - 04/18/17 04:09 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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I use an older riding lawn mower. It works ok just takes a while. I've also wondered if those atv harrows would work. You might look into renting a tractor.

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#6738158 - 04/18/17 07:14 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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Depending upon what you're having mowed, if it is real heavy type Briar, sumac, plum thickets or just tall heavy grasses like Buffalo and Blue Stem, you probably should have them mowed/bush hogged down at the beginning of summer where the will break down/decompose enough to where you can disc in the fall. What groth comes back should be manageable for discing up Also what growth does come back during the summer should be tender young growth the deer love to eat!


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#6738173 - 04/18/17 07:32 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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Whether the single gang disc harrow will work depends on your soil. A harrow is not that well suited for knocking down weeds, depending on height, and one as light as the OP suggested probably would be fouled with weeds if they were higher than the gang bolts. With that it mind, the success of its use would probably require keep up with what you wanted to be knocked down.

I once had a DR pull mower, and it was a good tool, but they have gotten so expensive that I'm not sure I would put my money there.

When I think of mowing vs. discing, I would always go with the discing. Whether your intent is to "plot" or not, everything a harrow turns soil you are going to grow something wildlife can use. It might take rain, but something is going to come up. Not so with mowing. So with that said, I would choose the harrow over a pull mower.

In September and at this time of year, I disk every road and fence line on my place. There is a lot of seed in pasture dirt and what comes up might look like weeds to us but it looks like food to the wildlife.
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#6738189 - 04/18/17 07:53 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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daniel1381, you might consider the Land Pride FPS48. It is twice as heavy (510 lbs) as the DR51 at it's max added weight plus the FPS48 adds the seeder and cultipacker. Now that Land Pride is a Kubota Company, they offer zero down/zero % financing as well. It looks like new FPS48s sell for about $2250 ~ $2500 so they are less than a UTV pull mower. In that Land Pride builds farm equipment, I would have more faith in the productivity of their products than the other outfits.



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#6738197 - 04/18/17 08:00 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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Sell the atv and buy something usefull like a tractor and implements cheers
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#6738213 - 04/18/17 08:15 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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Originally Posted By: daniel1381
I am having my areas brush hog right before season. Is there any drags that help knock down weed until then that I can make or buy to pull behind my side x side.

Also anyone ever use the atv harrows? Like this one
http://www.drpower.com/power-equipment/a...disc-harrow.axd

Worth the money?


Get an old 8-10' heavy pipe gate, chain it to the side-by-side and drag to your heart's content.
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#6738223 - 04/18/17 08:26 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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#6738259 - 04/18/17 09:01 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Sell the atv and buy something usefull like a tractor and implements cheers

Yeah, that would do.
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#6738261 - 04/18/17 09:03 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: deewayne2003]
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Originally Posted By: deewayne2003

I use a tooth harrow but it is for finishing a seed bed and will really foul with vegetation if present.
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#6738265 - 04/18/17 09:08 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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Just my opinion, but if you're only going to need something done a couple times a year, you're far cheaper in the long run, to just rent a tractor, or hire it done. Don't know what your ATV cost, but they usually don't have the best transmission for "turning dirt", especially on a routine basis. You can get a lot done with a 35-45hp rental tractor with/ shredder in a day.
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#6738273 - 04/18/17 09:21 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Just my opinion, but if you're only going to need something done a couple times a year, you're far cheaper in the long run, to just rent a tractor, or hire it done. Don't know what your ATV cost, but they usually don't have the best transmission for "turning dirt", especially on a routine basis. You can get a lot done with a 35-45hp rental tractor with/ shredder in a day.
Agreed.. use the right tool for the job. Why tear up an ATV and half-[censored] the project?
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#6738303 - 04/18/17 09:44 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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where is your hunting area? There might be someone on here with the proper equipment (myself included) that is relatively close that could help you out with both shredding and plowing for less (plus beer partyon555 and/or food grill).
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#6738318 - 04/18/17 09:56 AM Re: Mowing your hunting area? Other options? [Re: daniel1381]
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That ATV disc is worthless in West Texas. Even on previously turned soil, it just bounces around back there. We put (2) 80 pound blocks of concrete on it which helped, but started eating bearings like free doughnuts. For a hobby farm in sandy loam, it would be fine. For half an acre of hardpack, you're wasting your time. Plus, it plays hell on the four wheeler.

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