Rhino or Howse bush hog which is better ?

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I`ve been looking for a reasonably priced 10-12 ft. bush hog just for pasture clipping . I found a couple one is a Rhino the other is a Howse both are in similar condition and priced about the same. I`d rather have a Bush Hog brand but can`t see spending that much on one for limited use. Which one would be the better brand between the 2 ?
 

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Depending on how old the Rhino is it will be hard to get some parts for and expensive. The Howse was always a cheaper hog. But the gear boxes were pretty tough.
 

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I have an old 4' Howse, that saw a lot of hard use cutting down gum, tallow and pine saplings.. Deck tore and rusted all to heck but gearbox stayed together. Been meaning to replace the deck and make a finish mower out of it but haven't found my 'round toit'.
Have a 6' Rhino, bought before Modern bought out Rhino.
Have a Modern 6' a little newer than the Rhino.

Rhino beats the others hands down.
 
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I wondered about parts for either one of them. I know the Rhino is pretty old.
 

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Hard to say on the bigger ones.
When I worked for the Kubota dealership, there was no shortage of aftermarket parts for just about any brand. Drivelines, gearboxes, hydraulics..usually as cheap or cheaper than the OEM parts.
 

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my old neighbors had some rhinos.

one had a older 2515? 15' batwing.. it was really nice older unit..

other had a brand new 12' one. if he could get it to push something over.. he'd cut it. so his stuff is pretty abused. its been working out good.

tough as nails.
 
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We have used and abused a 15ft batwing rhino for probably 10 years or more. It has held up pretty good all things considered. I went over a field that was probably 3 to 4 years fallow with oaks and hickory trees all over it this winter. It held together.
 

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Howse is a good machine but not in the same class as a Rhino. Especially the heavy series ones. Parts are easy to get for a Rhino. Both would serve you well but the Rhino is the better hog.
 
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Well after looking at worn out junk bush hogs for about a month I gave up. I found a John Deere MX8 that was only 6 months old at a considerable discount over a new one and I don`t think it was ever used. I hope it turns out ok at least I still have a little over 4 yrs warranty on the gear boxes.
 

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jd720":32dbzzx6 said:
Well after looking at worn out junk bush hogs for about a month I gave up. I found a John Deere MX8 that was only 6 months old at a considerable discount over a new one and I don`t think it was ever used. I hope it turns out ok at least I still have a little over 4 yrs warranty on the gear boxes.
Smart move
 

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