Type of hay cutter

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Hay Cutter Poll

Poll ended at Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:10 pm

Disc mower conditioner with flails
4
9%
Disc Mower conditioner with rollers
11
25%
Sickle bar Mower conditioner
6
14%
Disc Mower pull type
2
5%
Disc mower mounted
17
39%
Drum Mower
4
9%
Sickle Bar mower
0
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Total votes: 44

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Type of hay cutter

Post by JW IN VA » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:10 pm

Just curious what people from different parts of the country use.
I'm still cutting with a New Holland 488 and,sometimes,a 474.Someday want to upgrade to a discbine.


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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by kentuckyguy » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:30 pm

So far our drum mower is still hanging in there. We have been using it for 7 years without any repairs. Just replace the knives a couple times a year.

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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by pricefarm » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:46 pm

We run disc mowers both are New Holland. Would like to have one of those caddies that you can mount the mower on.

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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:19 pm

Kuhn disc mower.
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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by chevytaHOE5674 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:46 pm

Currently a case/hesston 12' center pivot disc mower with roller conditioners. Next one will be a 13' cut with swivel hitch and flail conditioners.

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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by Aaron » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:43 pm

JW IN VA wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:10 pm
Just curious what people from different parts of the country use.
I'm still cutting with a New Holland 488 and,sometimes,a 474.Someday want to upgrade to a discbine.
Cut 280ish acres every year with a 1977 NH 479. Paid $2500 for it 17 years ago. Put at least that much more into it since. I guess I need another year or two before I can claim it has only cost me a $1 per acre. The quote I got for a new JD moco last year was $30k US. Either I have to get a lot bigger or live a lot longer to get that cost in around $1. The question is, will the new JD last over 40 years?
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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by chevytaHOE5674 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:49 pm

An old haybine is the cheapest way to cut hay no doubt. But with short weather windows and acres to cover I will take the added cost of a discbine to be able to cover 3x as much acreage in the same time.

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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by sim.-ang.king » Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:58 pm

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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by JW IN VA » Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:35 pm

Looks like a mounted disc mower is in the lead by 2:1 ratio.
I wasn't surprised by the drum mower numbers as several had talked about using them.
Figured there would still be a larger number of Haybine users left but disc mower conditioners are popular here too.In our valley,myself and one neighbor are the only ones left using sickle bar type.Everyone else has gone to disc.
You don't see any three point disc mowers in my area.Probably because of our weather when the cool season grasses need to be made.Most run Deere or New Holland partly,I suspect, because of dealers we have closest.
Dad and I tried a 3 point disc mower once for a couple years in addition to our Haybine.He couldn't mount it easily by himself and neither of us liked the way it shaved the ground with what we had.It got traded on another Haybine.
For those who used drum mowers,what advantages do you see? Just curious about them versus disc mowers.
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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by kentuckyguy » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:05 pm

Biggest advantage of a drum mower in my opinion is low maintenance. They also cut a little lower than I like but I hear now some models have options that allow you to cut higher.

The biggest down side to a drum mower is you almost have to run a tedder over your hay after it’s cut. The drum mower will windrow it up pretty tight.

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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by kentuckyguy » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:07 pm

Here’s a pic of what the hay looks like cut with a CCM drum mower.
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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by A.J. » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:21 pm

kentuckyguy wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:05 pm
Biggest advantage of a drum mower in my opinion is low maintenance. They also cut a little lower than I like but I hear now some models have options that allow you to cut higher.

The biggest down side to a drum mower is you almost have to run a tedder over your hay after it’s cut. The drum mower will windrow it up pretty tight.
You’re spot on. Another big advantage is the low horsepower requirements. Depending on the size, some can be pulled with 30-40 horsepower, where a tractor that size would struggle with a disc mower, they can mow right along with a drum mower.

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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by Nesikep » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:11 am

Oops, I bungled my vote.. voted for discbine/roller, should be sicklebar moco.

I just upgraded to a NH488, had a 472 (I think) before that.. basically a 7 ft version of the same thing... It mowed this place twice a year for 40 years, other than knives, cutter guards and new belts/chains once, it's had nothing done to it. Sicklebar mowers are also easy on power, my MF255 handles the 488 in any crop just fine

Sure I wouldn't mind a discbine, but the repair costs scare the bejesus out of me.. the NH wobble drive has proven itself to be reliable..
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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by ERNIBIGB » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:37 pm

I use a mounted disc mower now. Used a Reese drum mower for several years and added the tedder attachment to it. Cut and ted in a single pass.

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Re: Type of hay cutter

Post by Foz682 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:12 pm

We use a JF Stoll pt disc mower with PE flails, has been a good mower but getting some age now. Parts are stupid pricey since kongskilde bought them out though, luckily it hasn't needed many. Mows 2 cuts of about 180 acres/ year. We hardly make any dry hay anymore so could probably do without the conditioner.
Will also be using a new kubota trailed disc mower with no conditioner this year.

Trailed disc with conditioners were all anyone around here had up until recently, seems like most guys are switching to big mounted disc mowers, front mounts or both.

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