Long Term Report: DR Tow-Behind Field and Brush Mower

| 12/11/2008 10:34:00 AM


DR Tow-Behind Field and Brush Mower

We’ve done virtually all the rough country mowing at the farm the past two seasons with DR’s 44-inch cut, 17-horsepower, electric start, tow-behind Field and Brush MowerDR Power recommends pulling the mower with an ATV or garden tractor. We have used both of those motivators and a couple of different UTVs with good success. The danger with using the UTV is that the mower controls aren’t as close at hand as is optimal. The DR tow-behind Field and Brush Mower has performed exceptionally well, considering the abuse it’s experienced.

I will admit to being a mite skeptical to the concept of such a scaled-down mower for rough-country cutting. Until we got this mower, we handled all the rotary cutting with a Bush Hog Squeeler mounted on the 36-hp Kubota’s 3-point hitch. Some of our country is really rough … strewn with chunks of limestone no less … so operating the tractor in our roughest pastures isn’t very comfortable. With their long suspension travel and cushy seats, the ATVs and UTVs eat those bumps for breakfast and come back looking for more.

Field Mowing Made Easy

Behind the Polaris Ranger Sportsman 500 ATV, the DR tow-behind Field and Brush Mower was a dream to operate. I first used the mower to cut some hiking trails around the farm. I was able to make the paths at about 11 miles per hour. The ATV was surefooted and comfortable at that speed, and the Kohler twin-cylinder engine had no trouble spinning the Field and Brush Mower’s blade … except in the thickest and tallest grass in moist lows. In those areas, I had to slow the mowing to about 5 miles per hour. The Polaris/DR Field and Brush Mower combination was also invaluable for cutting the acres of fire break around the CRP, in preparation for the controlled burn we accomplished last spring.

5/19/2009 2:59:31 PM

I got the same mower last fall and put it through its paces. I was impressed by how well it did on tall thick grass and larg brush. I tow it behind a 700 Yamaha Rhino and they seem to work well together. I also lost my front rubber gaurd but just ordered another. The people at DR were more than happy to send me a new one. Is it possable to see the upgrades up got in pictures?

Hank Will_2
12/16/2008 2:22:18 PM

Julia, there is no doubt we have given the mower a good workout. I really appreciate your offer to send the upgrades. I can't wait to get them installed ... although the way it is snowing in Kansas today it doesn't look like we will need to do any mowing for a spell.

Julia Gilbert
12/16/2008 2:11:06 PM

Hank, Sounds like the DR is getting a workout! We do have a longer remote control kit so we'll set you up for use with your UTV. While we're at it, we'll take care of your front guard as well -- there's a stronger solution now available. We've got a great tech department here so call/email if you find yourself in need of service. In the meantime, we're glad you're enjoying the DR Field and Brush Mower and that it's doing the job it was designed to do. Julia Gilbert President DR Power Equipment www.drpower.com

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