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Can my Yanmar YM 2200 pull a 7 or 8 ft Corona finish mower which has 5 blades? I am concerned it may pull it at a lower speed or gear but I am concerned it may burn out my PTO. What is your take on it? The reason I am asking is I have found and almost new Corona finish mower for $ 900 and it is a big mower but a great price. Thanks for your help I need an answer by in the morning 7/11/2014
The PTO can handle it but the hitch might not be able to lift it, especially if it's a one-blade with a huge footprint. The hitch attachments might be Cat II (Yanmars are Cat I). If the terrain is uneven, a narrower one would follow it better. Not familiar with the 2200, but the 226 (22 engine HP, 19 PTO HP) calls for a five-footer. That said, theoretically you could run a 10-footer if you mow slow and high enough.
If it has high lift blades it will take all your horsepower to turn the blades and not much left for mowing. In my opinion it is to much for a 2200. I have done considerable experimenting with blades and I am not joking when I say the high lift blades require considerable power.
You will need more power to turn the 5 blade Caroni mower. You wont burn anything out though. It will just stall the engine (or overheat it). Also keep in mind that you need really flat ground to use a mower that wide. If you have any hills or humps then you will have a very uneven cut and scalping.
Thanks Aaron for your help!! I didn't believe it is for me and my tractor but at $ 950 and almost new I felt I needed to ask someone who is better able to tell me more. The mower turns out to be 93" wide with 5 blades and I do not believe I will put my tractor through that mush strain to pull it. Why run it hot and why run the risk of tearing up something. I'll just keep looking. Thanks again for your expertise!! It is greatly appreciated. Joe
Hey Aaron it is me again. I appreciated your answer about my tractor a Yanmar YM2200 pulling a finish mower some 4 years ago. But I am back at it again trying to decide on a new 6' Bush Hog finish mower or a 5'. I am currently pulling an old 5' Bush Hog finish mower and my tractor handles it well. However it takes so much time to cut 10 acres of yard grass. I figure about 1 hour per acre. I was wondering if I could perhaps go up to a 6' to cut down on some of that time. What do you think? My yard is virtually level so it is a matter of pulling the thing. I live in Florida so my yard is virtually flat ground. Thanks!!!
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