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Replacing Reach Mower

  • 1.  Replacing Reach Mower

    Posted 20 days ago
    HI

    I am wanting to get some feedback on what other Councils are using or have used in the way of a tractor mounted reach mower reach mower.
    Looking for pros and cons on different makes and models. Council is considering replacing the old unit mounted on a 130 HP Tractor.

    Any Feed back is appreciated, thank you.

    Brandon

    Fleet Scheduler
    South Burnett Regional Council
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  • 2.  RE: Replacing Reach Mower

    Posted 19 days ago
    ​Brandon,

    We have a McConnel PA5600 on a John Deere 6230 and have found the mower to be a reliable unit that performs well. This is our third McConnel.
    At the last replacement we did consider a Noremat mower but maintenance staff and operators considered it less suitable, there wasn't a great difference in purchase price.
    We achieve approximately 500 hours usage per year for an average maintenance cost of $4,800 per year (based on three years history).It is predominately used for roadside and levy bank mowing. They are an item that requires a competent operator.

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    Stuart Sturgeon
    Fleet Manager
    Snowy Monaro Regional Council
    NSW
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  • 3.  RE: Replacing Reach Mower

    Posted 18 days ago
    Hi Brandon,

    At Brimbank we have a McConnel SR15-6 which is pulled behind a John Deere 6130 Tractor. We have owned it for three years and spent approx $7,500 on repairs although $3,500 was recently for a new shaft/clutch. It definitely requires a competent operator.

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  • 4.  RE: Replacing Reach Mower

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi Brandon,

    Here at South Gippsland we run two tractor reach mower outfits and have for many years. In fact we have just completed a replacement process for one of them; a tractor and reach mower combination, ordered but not yet delivered. The evaluation panel selected a French built 6m forward reach mower sold through Stocker-Crew

    As part of the replacement process, we looked at the different mowers, and we have used the two different brands of mower in my time here. In the last 5 years we've had a pretty good run with the 6m forward reach mowers made in France. The previous British mowers we'd had many dramas - cracked and broken frames/arms, broken pins, rams ripped out etc. before moving to the French units.

    For us, the French unit holds up better to the punishment the operators dish out, the main arms' stronger and better designs don't crack or break the way the British ones had in the past, (which appear to be still the same design now). Although the French mowing head is not as good in design and is more easily damaged than the opposition, this is offset by the overall longevity of the whole machine,

    We've found the British mowing head is more robust, the flails are way cheaper, and the drive is more reliable than the belt drive of the French item.
    The French mower head started with heavy duty forest rotors w. hammer flails, but had issues wearing out the mounting lugs. We changed them to the smaller diameter quick change boot flail/ rotor assembly which is giving far longer service life and time savings in changing flails

    The 6 m unit requires a tractor with some serious weight rather than Hp though, 5T minimum or even up to 5.5T for maximum stability

    Overall, the French mower is a clear winner for us at Sth Gippsland, but it is not without its faults. The parts are expensive, freight to us is expensive, the company is based much further away from us and they're not as customer focussed as the competitor. However, It still wins over it's British competitor

    Hope this is helpful to you

    Regards,
    Graham

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    [Graham][Pritchett]
    [Workshop Supervisor]
    [South Gippsland Shire Council]
    [Leongatha][Vic]
    [grahamlp@southgippsland.vic.gov.au]
    [0409 192 545]
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