Message Board - Machinery: Best Trim Mower

Posted 28 Mar 2011 Joe kewell

Any ideas out there on which is the best mower for around bunkers and the second cut around greens?

Is there only two choices the JD 2653B or Toro Sidewinder?

The JD looks better as its lighter which is good around unstable bunkers and for wear around greens.

Any ideas appreciated

Posted 28 Mar 2011 Joe kewell

Forgot to say it has to be cylinder no floating rotary decks

Posted 28 Mar 2011 keriboi Hawker

why not rotary? We used to have the cylinder sidewinder. Changed to the rotary, Much better cut at 25mm
What height you cutting at?

Posted 28 Mar 2011 Joe kewell

Between 16 to 20mm depending on the season Keriboi

Do you cut around bunkers with the rotary decks? From what I have seen with rotary they leave steps on slopes and we still get scalping even with the big improvements in rotary mowers these last few years.

Posted 28 Mar 2011 keriboi Hawker

no scalping, We have always kept 1 foot away from bunker edge so grass clippings dont go into the bunker. We flymow the edges and blow any clippings out of the bunker.

I find cutting ryegrass at 25mm is 100 times better than the reel mower

Posted 28 Mar 2011 Joe kewell

We are kikuyu around the bunkers and cut them twice a week or like you said clippings get out of control going inside the bunkers. Cutting them often we dont get a problem.

Around green in pretty much all couch. I had a demo of the rotary but maybe should have tried it at a couple of different heights to have seen the difference

Posted 28 Mar 2011 Anonymous

Keriboi is spot on i have used jacobsen, john deere and toro surround mowers.The toro sidewinder is without doubt the best and with the rotary deck, far less maintenance, no backlapping, no replacing roller bearings all the time, will still stripe up if you want to, its a no brainer.

Posted 29 Mar 2011 keriboi Hawker

It cuts our NZ Kikuyu fine. Probally better than the reel.

Get toro to drop both versions at your club and trial both of them and get john deere to drop one off as well. If you are going to spend that much money on a machine you need to give it a good test drive now while summer grasses are growing

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