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Old 10-16-2013   #1
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Default Can a 16HP B7100 support a 72" Finish Mower

I have an early 80's manual transmission B7100. Great tractor, now that I've overhauled the steering box and everything between the flywheel and transmission!

I currently have a 60" woods finish mower and have had great luck with it. It came with the tractor, and seems to be the perfect fit, even though the owners manual says I shouldn't go over a 48" deck.

A friend GAVE me a 72" Land Pride finish mower. It needs a little work - probably tubes and/or tires and maybe blades and some belts, but it was in working condition when he set it outside the barn several years ago. I'll probably fix it up either way, because I think it's worth more if I go to sell it if it's in proper working order.

So the question is, could MY tractor operate this big of a mower? Not sure I want to go to that big as the 60" fits my yard pretty good, but an extra foot of mower has me at least thinking about it. The Land Pride manual says it only needs a 15-50hp engine, so I might be all good, just looking for some experience with this big of a deck and this "small" of a mower (although the B7100 is a beast!)
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Old 10-16-2013   #2
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The 7100 I have is a great tractor. Much like your self I ran a 60" finish mower well. I did have a few issues with the power on tall grass and often had to slow down a lot to maintain engine speed. I would not think the 72" would be a good fit. My land pride 72 weighs 690lbs and I don't think the 7100 would lift the deck very well without losing turning abilities.
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Old 10-16-2013   #3
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Default Re: Can a 16HP B7100 support a 72" Finish Mower

The weight is another good consideration - I appreciate your input. Selling this thing should help put some dollars in the implement fund.
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Old 10-16-2013   #4
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Default Re: Can a 16HP B7100 support a 72" Finish Mower

PTO powered equipment is almost always based on PTO HP not engine HP.
The stock B7100 is only pushing 13HP on a good day, so you'll be pushing it past the limit. Way to hard on the tractor if you ask me.
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Old 10-16-2013   #5
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Default Re: Can a 16HP B7100 support a 72" Finish Mower

I pull a 60" woods with mine, but I believe that a 72" would be too much. lifting and maneuvering is one issue, but I doubt it will effectively power it in anything but very light grass. I'd get the money out of it, too.
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I tried already with my B6100 and my dads 72'' Woods, I could marginally lift it but surely was not safe. I could power it for all of 3 to 4 feet then it would kick the pto out of gear. I tired the pto in 2nd and no luck there either. I guess the centrifugal force at work from the blades is too much.
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Old 10-17-2013   #7
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Default Re: Can a 16HP B7100 support a 72" Finish Mower

I know a guy in Massachusetts looking for a 72" project mower.

<-------- this guy.

Unfortunately, there not as prevalent as they are in your area.
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Old 10-19-2013   #8
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Default Re: Can a 16HP B7100 support a 72" Finish Mower

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I know a guy in Massachusetts looking for a 72" project mower.
senecak19,

If you'd like to make me a fair offer and could arrange shipping, I'd be glad to think about sending it your way. I'm guessing shipping a 700 pound piece of equipment may far offset any semblance of a good deal I can make you, though... The money's going into my flat-bed trailer fund.
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Default Re: Can a 16HP B7100 support a 72" Finish Mower

I agree with ya. No matter how cheap I could ship it, it'd likely offset any savings. :-(. I guess I just have to be patient.
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